She came to me with diagnoses of bipolar, "some form of schizophrenia" and a wide array of other disorders. It was a mess.
Though she was a sweetheart when I was testing her, the irritability was just under the surface and the descriptions of how she physically felt were tough to hear.
I asked her how her body felt. What were the sensations that accompanied the emotional feelings. "Do you feel like you're vibrating or shuddering all over?" "Does your body just feel angry?" She looked me straight in the eyes one day and said, “Nobody has ever asked me how my body felt”.
I sent her to an endocrinologist because her behavioral presentation was more of an aggressive male then a female.
She was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome which was disguised as bipolar disorder.
In polycystic ovarian syndrome, sex hormones are out of whack and the ovaries make more male sex hormones. She was successfully treated and is a healthy adult.
Treating the disorder helped her to avoid heart problems and diabetes. Asking the right questions can lead to real answers.
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