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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    I need help I think I have bipolar?

    Im Irish and on a visa if I go doctors can they send me home because I'm not in mental state! My depression side is getting worse ! I'm starting to stay in bed all day
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  • My research interests include immunology and the mechanisms of amyloid formation. The latter has implications for people who are dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease … View Profile

    I can't help with the legal (“visa”) matters beyond suggesting that legal advice might help.

    I suggest that you ask your GP to give you a referral to a psychiatrist.

    A psychiatrist will be able to assess you carefully.

    This is important because the medications which are indicated for Bipolar Disorder are *very* different to those for Major Depressive Disorder.

    All the best.

  • Michael Guy

    Clinical Psychologist, Psychologist

    I am a clinical and coaching psychologist (www.lifeaftertrauma.com.au) with over 15 years of professional experience. Recognized qualifications and lots of experience to give me skills … View Profile

    Medical Professionals are bound by ethical standards that include confidentiality.  Information can only be passed on to others when you give permission to do so, or if there is concern over you harming yourself or harming someone else, or if there is a legal obligation to do so.  I don't think being diagnosed as depressed (or Bipolar) is a breach of your visa?  Depression and Bipolar are treatable conditions so there is clear benefit from receiving treatment.  Usually the sooner the better.  If you are claiming treatment through Medicare or an insurer, such treatment should also be confidential.     

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