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what to do if i'm bipolar. how should i tell my counsellor?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Who told you that: you are bipolar? By all means tell a mental health professional about your concerns so you can be treated properly. Secrets will make things worse and you may have some other issue. Peace and good health.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Agree with Dr Seif: If you are active duty in the military and entered the service with a previous diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder - it is very important that you be candid with your provider about this. Even if you are the dependent of active duty - giving a history that is as accurate as possible is crucial to you receiving good care.

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How would I be able to tell if I have bipolar disorder?

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Is bipolar disorder hereditary?

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