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Oct 28, 2018 · Psychological testing in Mental Health

Update from me – we finished the in depth psychological testing and I'm diagnosed, according to my psychotherapist, as having BPD. It does fit me a little cleaner than bipolar I think, and thankfully treatment seems to be helping. I'm doing DBT and it has been a life saver. My boyfriend is still moving out, and life isn't perfect, but I am definitely making progress.

Oct 12, 2018 · Psychological testing in Mental Health

@lisalucier yes I did my first appointment with a psychologist to dig deeper. She took out the DSM IV and we started going question by question, such as asking if I experience 3 or more of the following symptoms…etc. then to dig deeper, for example if I say yes to if i do impulsive purchases, she has me provide more detail on my answer. So for example, for that question, I told her I used to go on shopping sprees every week, averaging $200, on clothing and shoes I often never wore. Since changing medication, I go on shopping sprees maybe once every few weeks, under $100.

So as you can imagine, this process will probably take quite some time.

What are your thoughts on this?

Oct 12, 2018 · Psychological testing in Mental Health

@hopeful33250 I just read through both and I apologise about the delay. Hurricane Michael. I seem to fit both, honestly. For bipolar, I'm definitely either cyclothymic or NOS. My mood changes constantly and sometimes it's anger totally inappropriate such as is common in BPD. This past week my boyfriend suggested he's not sure he wants to marry me, and I've had the level of fear comparable to someone close to me dying. We've dated almost four years, but the kind of fear and anger I'm feeling still doesn't feel normal. I have a history of abuse in several areas and used to be an alcoholic in college, so BPD looks like a fit. It's just my very physical symptoms that have made this confusing, which may be due to Central sensitization

Oct 12, 2018 · Has anyone been diagnosed with Central Sensitization? in Brain & Nervous System

Okay, thank you! I will definitely check those out

Oct 5, 2018 · Psychological testing in Mental Health

And, they've suggested borderline personality disorder as well.

Oct 5, 2018 · Psychological testing in Mental Health

I’ve had a complex mental health journey and was recently diagnosed at the Mayo clinic with Central sensitization as well. I’ve been coined as depressed, bipolar, anxious, PTSD, add, and more. So I just took a psychological test, about 350 questions, at a new therapist. I’ve been feeling very confused and unsettled. Unfortunately, the testing results showed that, because the test didn’t provide any answers for diagnosis. They said my results showed I’m confused. So I’m having to go through deeper evaluation using the DSM with my therapist.

Has anyone else had this experience? With psychological testing only providing more confusion, instead of answers? Thanks so much. I’m even more confused because I’m very high functioning – my friends and family believe nothing is wrong, I’m a high performer at work, but I know something is very , extremely off. Thankfully I’ll be seeing a psychiatrist soon at the Mayo clinic.

Oct 5, 2018 · Has anyone been diagnosed with Central Sensitization? in Brain & Nervous System

@johnbishop Thanks for the article. I will check it out. I've tried so much to help with the sleep…. the psychiatric meds have by far been the most help. Although it has taken over 10 months of tinkering, and playing around with different combinations and dosages. But, sometimes that's still not enough.
So I've started a "wellness" routine including trying to go to bed/wake up at the same times, not napping, eating at the same times each day, and doing some sort of physical activity every week, ideally 5 days for 45 minutes. @uldiver , I'm very interested in what you're saying about not exercising like a normal person. Have you found that less exercise helps you? Exercise seems to help my energy but it also gives me random aches and pains, when I seem to have plateaued.

I'm no medical professional, but I love to read about health/wellness so what books do you recommend?

Meditating also helps me a lot with sleeping, and sometimes gives me temporary relief from fatigue. One day I had debilitating fatigue, to the point I couldn't watch netflix even and everything sounded too loud. But I meditated for almost an hour, and was able to do normal activities for a couple hours after that.

I'm also going through a 12-week dialectical behavioral therapy program right now. We're starting by focusing on mindfulness. This is really helping me quickly, so maybe consider looking into this if you find that central sensitization has affected your mental health.

Have either of you heard about how medications can worsen central sensitization? I'm on viberzi for IBS, and about 5 psychiatric medications. I read somewhere that medications can worsen the condition…

A lot of questions here, I know – thanks everyone for the support as I continue down this journey.

Oct 4, 2018 · Has anyone been diagnosed with Central Sensitization? in Brain & Nervous System

Hi everyone, I was preliminarily diagnosed with Central sensitization today at the Mayo clinic in Jacksonville. My experience seems a little different than everyone here, the diagnosis is very new, so I'm a little confused. I'm on the chronic fatigue side rather than pain. I have oddball pains that come and go in my piriformis bone for example, but no other chronic pain. But I'm extremely sensitive to alot of things. Severe sleep issues out of no where, and sudden mood changes. Antipsychotics have been the only thing to help the sleep. And bad reactions to numerous medications, heat sensitivity, horrible menstrual periods… Has anyone had similar experiences?