Those of us who have Bipolar Disorder often experience a “love hate” relationship with our medications. Finding the right combination can be a life-changing or even life-saving experience for many of us, but not all of us. Some of us are lucky and experience immediate relief from Bipolar symptoms, while others may take months or years to find the right treatment. Considering the vast number of us who quit taking medication at some point along our journey, we wanted to discuss some of the most common reasons why this happens. Having a bad experience with the wrong medication can cause strong feelings of discouragement, frustration, and even fear of trying new meds in the future. We hope that this information helps encourage our viewers to not give up on finding the stability and balance they deserve.
PLEASE NOTE: I completely understand and respect that there are MANY effective forms of treatment when it comes to Bipolar Disorder – meds being just one of them. Bipolar Disorder requires a “comprehensive approach” to treatment, which means it isn’t just “one thing” that “fixes” Bipolar Disorder. It’s up to each individual to explore and choose which forms of treatment work best for them. I am not a doctor, and not saying that medication is the right answer for everyone. I’m simply trying to help advocate for Bipolar Disorder by getting more information out there. If you feel there’s something I missed, please join the conversation in the comments so we can all benefit from sharing our knowledge and experiences.
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