Hello Dr. Phelps-|
I am a 16 year old boy and I live in Illinois. When I am alone I often feel very agitated, hopeless, and I guess depressed.This has been for a while now, about a year or more. And I think a lot about death. I am good in school and I have a great social life. I want to figure this out, but there arent any signs noticible to others because it happens when I am alone. Please help me and tell mw that i should do. thanks for your time!
Dear Mr. Runner --
Now you may have figured out that there's possibly a "bipolar" angle to your symptoms, and you might be right, though I wouldn't start by assuming that. If there's some truth to that point of view, just be aware that sometimes mental health professionals are a little slow figuring that angle out; they can know less than you sometimes, in a way. So you should be vocal about why it occurred to you to think about "bipolar disorder", and what you've learned. Good luck with that search. There's a lot of help out there, I hope you'll be surprised to find.