how would you recommend recieving help for suspected bipolar?


I agree with Dr. Bordini. Ask the clinical psychologist/psychiatrist to do more than suspect Bipolar. Get a diagnosis based on careful assessment/evaluation. Then, after the symptoms are diagnostically explained, participate fully in your treatment plan (which usually involves medication(s) and counseling/therapy). Bipolar Disorder can be successfully treated by experts in this area.
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Assess then treat

Bipolar is a serious disorder that if suspected should be carefully assesed. The diagnosis can "stick" with you in the future and may be overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed. Medical/ psychiatric evaluation to rule out medical causes is step 1. To minimize risk of misdiagnosis -further evaluation and testing by an experienced clinical psychologist or psychiatrist with excellent diagnostic repute.
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See a psychiatrist

If you're concerned about possibly having Bipolar Disorder, the best thing to do is to see a board-certified psychiatrist for an evaluation. Putting your history and exam together, a working diagnosis can be made -- and from there some treatment recommendations can be offered. It's important to also share any history of drug and alcohol use, because these can affect your symptoms. Good luck!
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