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hello everyone,does anyone have this and if so what do they usually treat it with
I am bipolar as well but I have learn to manage
I’ve been diagnosed with bipolar 2003 and it has taken time to get to the right meds. It also takes a cocktail of drugs to help.Its hit or miss,and sometimes you have to switch up or change dose.Take your time learn what works and what don’t. You are the best judge on how you feel and don’t be afraid to speak up when you go to the doctors. Get imformed, knowledge is the best weapon.Many Prayers to you and your family. Make sure you have a good support system.God Bless
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I do not have a good support system how do I get one?
Mood stabilizers are used like; depakote but the best way to find what may work best for you involves discussing this with your treater/prescriber.
I agree that too often we must go through combination cocktails before we find what’s most effective. It’s frustrating but worth it. As for additional support contact your local lead mental health agency or surf the net for services in your community. We are fortunate because we have a lot of different types of services available to us.
We have an initial appointment with Mayo, Rochester this week. How long did you stay? In patient/out patient? Thanks!
I’ve been diagnosed for 10+ years. I am on Lithium,Prozac,Wellbutrin,Abilify. It took alot of tinkering. Everyone is unique
our son is bi polar- he is 17 and has had problem for the last 6 years, he takes 1800 mg of nurontin twice a day, lexapro, entuitive and still has issues. It can be exhaustive and frustrating as a parent. When adding that he is a teenager just makes everything worse. He also sees a counseler at a mental health site who works with the Dr. for his meds. It is an ongoing thing, expensive and sometimes we want to just give up. We see glimpses of the young man he could become. People can complain all they want about “Obama care” but we were terrified on what would happen when he turned 18. We are very relieved we will still be able to afford his meds and keep him on our insurance. Society is very intolerant of serious mental health problems. You have to tweak meds on an ongoing basis and keep on top of things. Be aware it is an ongoing problem that you cannot just pop a pill and it goes away.
My Dr sorta gave me a diagnosis of bi polar… she’s kinda weird, lol.. but when I was describing how I feel she asked me if I was ever Dx’d as bipolar. I said no. Well she started treating me for it and of course i’ve been on a bunch of different meds.. then I also am anemic( extremely low iron) and she says, well i wonder if maybe some of the problem might be from your iron levels.. i was like WHAT? i’ve been feeling this way for YEARS! so frustrating. I have done my own research, and I won’t pretend to know it all, but our son is bipolar and I know enough from him and what I’ve read that I think her diagnosis is right on. I just wish she’d stick to one thing. it’s definitely a hard disorder to deal with. having dealt w/ our son and my own issues, I feel for anyone dealing w/ it. These are just my experiences. God Bless!
It’s ok to feel frustrated ….you have every right after years of dealing with your own child and your challenges. Its a lot to deal with.
Just try to make sure you’re being good to yourself.
It took a long time but I started to observe myself during various situations, I Iearned my triggers so I knew how to avoid those environments as much as possible. I also paid attention to my body as a whole , I felt the depression coming on as well as the mania. You just kind of know after awhile. So then you become proactive. You can do more than you realize with the least amount of meds. This is what works for me. And sometimes you just have to LAUGH we can do some funny things sometimes. Keep in touch and take care of yourself. You are unique.
The main medication used for bipolar is mood stabilizers such as lithium, Lamictal, and Depakote. Other things given include antidepressants and antipsychotics.
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