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    tabithajones posted:
    I'm 16 years old and I think I have bipolar disorder. I've read about the symptoms on WebMD and it's exactly how I feel- I'm suuuuperhyper sometimes, like when I talk really fast and jump around and stuff, but then I'll see something or hear something and it'll make me really sad and I'll start crying. It's gotten really bad this summer for some reason, but I don't think I can talk to my parents about it. My dad is always at work, and my mom would be ashamed of me if she knew. I need to talk to somebody about it; I've lost a lot of weight since I quit eating and I'm really stressed out and scared about this. Does anybody have any suggestions that might help me? Anything at all. Thanks.
    WolfFaerie responded:
    slik_kitty responded:
    at your age i don't think you can get help without your parents knowing. you need to see your family doc for a physical to rule out any physical reasons like hormones or something. then if nothing is found see a psychiatrist for an eval and a therapist. so your best bet is to tell your parents something is wrong and you need to see the doctor about it. good luck.
    DizzyJgirl responded:
    I agree with Kitty...start with your dr. What I did (as an adult..because I was also scared) was went to the dr for another separate issue (allergies I think it was). Then once I had the dr in the room I admitted my other issues. Be honest about wanting helping and the fact that you feel you wouldn't have your parents support and see what she/he says.

    Or is there someone at your school you would trust to talk to?

    Also, you might want to give your mom the benefit of the doubt. I have teens and I know how hard communicating can be but when it comes right down to it your mom wants whats best for you and you might be surprised at how she would react. Maybe you could talk to her with the help of the dr.

    Good luck.
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    1AkathisiA responded:
    your 16, its teenagism.
    Chris_WebMD_Staff replied to 1AkathisiA's response:
    Hi and welcome. Please don't think AkathisiA is trivializing your thoughts, but the link in that post has some good information.

    However anything on the net would be a guess. You need to talk to one of your parents about this. Your Mom would probably more upset if she didn't know how you were feeling. Talk to them. You need to get the help you deserve, and help that will make you feel better no matter what you might have.
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    bpcookie responded:
    Hello Tabitha, The only way to tell for sure if you have Bipolar is to see a pdoc but it sounds like you may have difficulties getting an apt with out your mother or father knowing. Before seeing a pdoc you should first see your family Dr. to have them do a full blood work up. If your Dr. feels that you need to see a pdoc then she can give you a referral. There are many illnesses and health issues that can mimic bipolar. Being that your 16 your hormones may be going crazy right now. Have you noticed if your having PMS symptoms such as depression and crying off and on?

    I wish you luck.
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    bpcookie replied to 1AkathisiA's response:
    the site addy you gave does have good information. It is true that the internet can cause ppl to worry about illnesses that they might not even have. My experience with the internet has been both good and bad. Many times I have used the internet to search for the symptoms that I had been experiencing and finding possible diag. When I came to my Dr.s with the information that I had found, they finally sent me to a specialist to fix the health issues. If it hadnt been for the information that I had found, then my Dr.s may have never found out what was wrong with me.

    On the other end, the internet will often give you the worst case scenario. This can be especially frightening when someone does not fully understand the health issue they are dealing with.
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