Category Archives: Chapter 2 — The Diagnosis

Robin Opens Up About Her Symptoms

 Note:  This is a serial blog. To start at the beginning, click on Chapter One– The Meltdown under “Categories” and start at the bottom. Depression has been a part of my life on and off since childhood.  I didn’t know what … Continue reading

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Robin’s Random Thoughts About Chapter Two

Once I was out of the hospital, I resumed my old pattern of faking it to convince my family and friends that I was okay.  I was still very depressed and suicidal and having difficulty sleeping, but I wanted everyone … Continue reading

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“I’d Have to Accept a Whole New Identity.”

I had no idea how Robin would react to the news that I thought she was having a mixed bipolar episode.  I was very concerned.  If I was right about her diagnosis, this would confirm she was experiencing impaired impulse … Continue reading

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Epiphany is Not Just a Cat

After six weeks of medical leave, Robin had been back to work for only two half-days following her meltdown and was stressed about getting through a weekend with no social plans.  When I got the voice mail at 4:00 pm … Continue reading

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“I’m Going to Drink Until I Pass Out!”

I always knew Robin had anxiety in social situations.  She acknowledged it in our first session.  What became clear after her meltdown, however, was that she actually fit the criteria for what is known as Avoidant Personality Disorder.  People with … Continue reading

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“That’s Why I Thought You Would Ditch Me.”

I was baffled by what was happening with Robin.  I couldn’t understand why she kept feeling so awful and thinking so irrationally.  There was no clear explanation.  It did not make sense that her depression had been resistant to so … Continue reading

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“What the Hell Do I Do Now?”

I returned from the conference in Florida feeling rested and re-energized.  The conference had been about new developments in psychopharmacology and research on new treatments for various mental illnesses, presented by a leading expert in the field.  I had learned … Continue reading

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