Katherine Finn, 14, describes being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and how she felt about that.
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When were you first diagnosed? I started noticing that there was something wrong with me -- not wrong but something was not quite right. Like I didn't feel like my normal self. I did not feel like the old Katherine I was and I started noticing that when I was about in the third and fourth grade. Then I went through a period where I was bullied severely and it was just really bad. And finally, I just said, hey, I need help. I don't really know what's going on here and when I was in about sixth grade the lying had gotten so bad and the mania had gotten so bad and we just decided that it would be best as a family if I got treatment. And we went in and I got checked out and they tested me and first they diagnosed me with ADD and then my mom called and she said, bipolar disorder runs in my family and I think that my daughter has bipolar disorder and that's what we stuck with and I have done fine ever since.