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Bipolar depression, sleeps a lot, drinks, angry, weightgain, sniffing nose. Symptoms of sexual abuse?

hi i need to know the symtoms of a friend wh o i suspect could of been sexually abuse as a child? I still think with my study i think she has bipolar depression of some sort...Ive approached this friend with questions personel ones..I lost this friend due to bad insecurities and not lovin herself from the inside..i found she struggled with issues of sexuallity...I found her mum to be hiding from me after a debate that her daughter has something wrong which cause friction and arguments which the mother only protects issues that i brought up...Is the mother on short hidin something...the girl history with males have been short due to minipulation deceit etc,she sleeps alot,drinks and gets angry, weight gain ...i also notice she suffers with a sniffling nose all the time...can u guys help me here please
Asked On : Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

I'm not sure what your aim is in trying to figure out a diagnosis for your friend. Having insecurities, relationship problems and other personal / sexual issues does not qualify for a "bipolar depression" or any other specific psychiatric disorder. A detailed history and a psychological assessment by a psofessional is necessary to arrive at a probable diagnosis.

If you have good intentions for your friend, then I suggest that you be non-judgemental about her personal problems and be as supportive as possible.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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