Thank you so much Viva - I'm seriously thinking about paying out of pocket for another eval because I really don't feel like I was listened to at all during my last visit. I feel like I'm being penalized for seeking help.
I tried explaining to her that I don't have issues with highs and lows, I'm honestly just low all the time, but she still kept pushing "Oh but this will help stabilize your mood!" My mood's a stable...low haha.
I can understand her rationale for the diagnosis and for not wanting to put me onto an antidepressant if she believes that I have bipolar, but I still feel like it's way off. I'll speak to my counselor tomorrow and see if she knows anyone that I could see; I'd rather pay out of pocket for a doc that will actually listen to me :/. It's hard being a foreigner because I'm still figuring out how to navigate the health system - this is so confusing! lol
I am definitely going to continue my studies for nursing! It's my dream and I've worked incredibly hard to get to this point, but now with this diagnosis, I'm not sure how it's going to affect my ability to get licensed - even the TN BoN told me that they wouldn't be able to come to a decision until the time comes, but I remain hopeful that they evaluate on a case by case basis... at least for the moment. Knowing my luck the policy will change by the time I graduate
Thank you for your words of encouragement!