During a recent episode of The Doctors, Kailyn Lowry found out that she had been misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Dr. Shahla Modir spoke with the 23-year-old Teen Mom 2 star and provided her with a new diagnosis.
"She was having some mood swings and irritable, but she didn't actually meet the technical criteria for having a hypomanic episode," Dr. Modir said. "So to have a diagnosis of Bipolar 2, you have to have had one depressive episode and then you need to have symptoms like an inflated grandiose mood, increased activity levels, increased energy, plus three or more symptoms from the main bipolar criteria from at least four days. In our case, Kail didn't meet that criteria."
But despite her diagnosis getting changed from "Bipolar 2" to "Bipolar Unspecified," Radar can reveal that Lowry now has to stay under clinical observation to make sure that she doesn't develop the disorder for real.
"'Unspecified' is basically that she doesn't have bipolar disorder," a friend Lowry's told Radar. "She just has the potential — based on family history and personality traits she has — to develop it. Bipolar 2 is bipolar disorder."
According to the source, Lowry most likely will have to have "routine visits" with a therapist to monitor her and make sure her symptoms don't morph into the disorder.
But because the diagnosis is so new, Lowry "isn't even sure" yet how often she will have to visit a doctor.
Fortunately, she doesn't have to take any medications.
"She doesn't have bipolar so she doesn't need them and she's not treating anything," the pal said. "She is doing everything the psychiatrist said: She is trying to be healthy as possible and get enough sleep."
For now, Lowry is just happy to have a better understanding of her condition.
"Kailyn feels good about it," the source said. "She thinks it is the right diagnosis."
"Now she just needs to take care of herself so she doesn't develop bipolar disorder," the source concluded.