Borderline or bipolar? Lithium?

Q: My doctor doesnt know if i am borderline or bi-polar.I really dont feel like i am bi-polar. How can i tell?shouldnt my doctor do some kind of testing befor wanting to put me on lithium or other drugs for this disease?

Dear Cindy --
Fair question.  Read Ms. J's question about "lithium? so soon?" in this month's collection; you have lot's of company.  Try my page about bipolar or borderline too.

Dr. Phelps

Published February, 2001