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This is a discussion on INFPs and Mental Illnesses within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Greetings mates, In the early 2000s I was diagnosed as bipolar II, which is a more "mild" form of bipolar ...

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    INFPs and Mental Illnesses

    Greetings mates,

    In the early 2000s I was diagnosed as bipolar II, which is a more "mild" form of bipolar I disorder (see WebMD for a good primer on this disorder), and in 2008 (I think) is when I took the Myers-Briggs test as a requirement for entry into graduate school and found that I was a "classic" INFP. That result was enormously helpful and went a long way to making me feel more "normal" (whatever that is, right?).

    My question to my fellow INFPs is whether any of you have mental illnesses and how these illnesses affect your INFP-ness and vice versa? Essentially, as an INFP, it can be quite difficult for me to tease apart what are bipolar symptoms from what are the expressions of certain aspects of my INFP personality. Does anyone else have this issue?

    I'm fairly well-managed with medication for the bipolar symptoms, but certainly not symptom free, and being an INFP I think exacerbates some of my bipolar symptoms. I'm hoping this all makes sense.

    Cheers,
    M.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm surprised this hasn't received a response. With depression and anxiety so prevalent in our society, there are bound to be plenty on the forum that have some sort of psychiatric disorder. I'm interested in reading the replies when they come.

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    Over the years I've been diagnosed with bi-polar II, general anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Despite this, and taking the recommended medication, it has only been harmful to my self esteem and my health. I've lost faith in the pharmaceutical industry, I've lost faith in psychiatry, and I've lost faith in societal standards of how one should behave/think. I believe that medication might be useful if it were prescribed on the basis of definitive blood work or a brain scan where there's physiological evidence of the illness, rather than a doctor checking off a list of symptoms that you may or may not have.
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    I'm basically certain if i got evaluated i'd get diagnosed with multiple things including severe depression but since i have no money and would not want to drug myself up anyway, there's no real point. Plus i live in an isolated area. Also i don't trust the man and wouldn't want to get locked away or whatever.
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    @Acey ,

    You raise, I think, an important issue, namely misdiagnosis. It is common for one mental illness' symptoms to overlap with the symptoms of another mental illness, which makes specific diagnoses difficult to determine in some cases. As someone who is diagnosed bipolar, I wonder how many of my "symptoms" are simply expressions of my personality as an INFP. For example, the moodiness and volatility that are inherent in INFPs could be interpreted as a mood disorder (i.e., bipolar) or other similar diagnosis. Our restlessness could be interpreted as something akin to ADHD.

    You're right to question the credibility of the psychiatric community, but I wouldn't dismiss them outright. They are overwhelmed with cases in most places, and simply -- and ironically -- too busy and uneducated in personality types to perform due diligence in determining what is a personality trait and what is a true medical issue.

    Thank you for your post.
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    I have OCD and comorbid GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) . No mental illness can affect my INFPness, it affects my character and my personality though which are much more than an MBTI type. Being an INFP doesn't exacerbate the symptoms of your disorder, your disorder exacerbrates your character, which MBTI outlines as INFP (however only a mutual piece of it amongst a population of unique individuals).



    Quote Originally Posted by Silverwing View Post
    I'm surprised this hasn't received a response.
    There have been other threads that have had the exact same title or purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acey View Post
    Over the years I've been diagnosed with bi-polar II, general anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Despite this, and taking the recommended medication, it has only been harmful to my self esteem and my health. I've lost faith in the pharmaceutical industry, I've lost faith in psychiatry, and I've lost faith in societal standards of how one should behave/think. I believe that medication might be useful if it were prescribed on the basis of definitive blood work or a brain scan where there's physiological evidence of the illness, rather than a doctor checking off a list of symptoms that you may or may not have.
    I went to a general practitioner and he classified me as having ADHD, Anxiety and Depression.

    Turns out I have something completely different. After I visited a psychologist, I actually began to see that my initial perspective was only holding me back, and I'm sorry if that didn't work for you. It doesn't mean it can't work for everyone else. To be honest, to think that there are 'societal standards for the way we behave/think' is actually imaginary, it is a standard you have placed onto yourself through anxiety. Well, unless you live life under a dictator who consistently tells you what to think every second of every day, I think that even dictators don't have that much time on their hands.
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    I have a quite unhealthy INFP friend. He has a lot of personality disorders (highest ones are narcissistic and avoidant), and was diagnosed with SEVERE depression as well as bipolar. He was taking like 200 or 400mg of Lithium at one point (of course, he is both tall and works out often).

    My other INFP friend has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and has had multiple panic attacks.

    Of course, I do know a lot of people with some kind of mental illness.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I was recently diagnosed with Pure-O, or Primarily Obsessional OCD by a psychiatrist. It was pretty moving to realize at 24 that my way of dealing with the world is abnormal, but I came around to understanding that it was making me do things I wouldn't otherwise do, since there was so much rumination involved. This diagnosis and corresponding treatment may point me towards a different personality type in the long run, but how much of your personality can really change when presented with this set of circumstances? I guess I'm not sure.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Was diagnosed in middle school with generalized anxiety disorder, which ultimately led to depression, now at 21 i'm 100% convinced i have OCD. i Believe the root of it all is the OCD, if i have it i've had it my whole life, it causes a great deal of shame and anxiety, which in turn leads to my depression(vicious cycle).


     
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