How to tell if a med is working?
For a little background I have had mental illness for 10 years and I am currently 24yo male diagnosed with Bipolar 1.
I've been on a dozen or so medications and I continue to have the same problem, often I can't tell whether a medication is helping or not.
Maybe 25% of the time it obviously works and 25% of the time it obviously doesn't work or causes bad side effects. Unfortunately that leaves 50% of the time when I have a hard time telling.
This is likely because I naturally have minor mood changes, so it is hard to know if there is causation. Also with medications that take weeks or months to work it is really hard to determine whether I am doing better or worse due to the medication or just because of the illness itself.
Has anyone else experienced this? Do you know any tricks of the trade?