I have heard before that bipolar gets worse as you age, but the statements also included, if not stabilized with medication. However, if you are getting worse then it becomes harder to become stabilized.
I have had bipolar (undiagnosed, depression instead of BP) since early 20's and then diagnosed when I was 42 as I started spiraling out of control with multiple hospitalizations for suicide attempts.View Thread
Most people with bipolar end up being on a combination of medications in order to stay somewhat stable. There is such a huge amount of medications available that I couldn't come up with a list and really her doctor has to determine what to try next. Most people with BP take mood stabilizers such lithium, lamictal and depakote which are not sedating like seroquel is. About the only way you will get to talk to her doctor is to attend an appointment with her so you can tell him how she is doing.View Thread
Unfortunately, every one of us are different and so is how often/when bipolar is manifested. No one can tell you when an episode will end and when another one will begin. You just have to take care of yourself the best you can, stick to your meds, see a therapist and psychiatrist regularly. Is there a light? Yes, but the episodes will be back too. Some people rapid cycle and other goes years between episodes. I fit the definition of rapid cycling - 4 or more episodes a year, while others change hour by hour. Keep up with your psychiatrist and work to get a good mix of meds that keeps you as stable as possible.View Thread
Barron-Dustin, if Saphris wipes you out then ask your doctor about taking it at night, if you are not already doing so. One suggestion I have for you is that you use a weekly pillbox so that if you miss a dose you will know and just take it late instead of not at all. Also, when you take meds every day sometimes you can't remember if you took it today... or was that yesterday? If you use the pillbox you will know if you took today's meds.
I also suggest that you read about bipolar. One of the best books for a "beginner" is Bipolar for Dummies. It is clearly written, doesn't assume you know anything in the beginning of the book so it explains everything... and even has some humor in it.View Thread
You probably don't want to hear this but you have to start taking your medicine again. You say you forgot it a lot. You have to set up a routine for the morning. Use a weekly pillbox so that you will know if you forgot a dose and just take it late. If you drink coffee every morning put your pillbox by the coffee. You put your shoes on every day put it by your shoes... do you see what I mean? I have a morning routine I follow EVERY morning. I get up and use the bathroom, take my pills that are on the microwave just around the corner from my bedroom, get my Emsam patch, go back to the bathroom and brush my teeth, You need a routine.
It can be hard to get disability. You can't be earning a living wage, you need the support of your pdoc and tdoc and records from your hospital stays.
Six years ago I got SSD on the first try but I had been out of work for a year and on disability insurance, had a history of having ECT, over a dozen hospitalizations and both my pdoc and tdoc didn't think I could or should be working. I hear very few people say they got SSD on the first try, most talk about the many times they have to appeal.View Thread
People on this community are from all over. It is VERY unlikely that anyone here would known about a program for your son where you live.... we don't even know where you live. You need to tap resources in your community. Go to the county mental health and talk to a social worker about programs available to him.View Thread
When I was in a bad state, my psychiatrist wrote a letter to my employer stating that I had to go on an extended medical leave of absence. I was lucky in that I had disability insurance. You should check into your benefits and see if you have short and/or long term disability insurance. Or perhaps you have sick leave days accumulated. You can't get unemployment while on a medical leave. I never quit my job, I was terminated as disabled after a year of a medical leave supported by my physician.View Thread
Xanax and valium are both benzodiazopines and your sleep may be somewhat disturbed from coming off them. However, most people with bipolar, that I know, have problems with sleep. Doctors encourage you to have good sleep hygiene, meaning going to bed and getting up at the same time and not taking naps.
People with bipolar usually take a mood stabilizer such as lithium, depakote or lamictal. There are concerns that antidepressants can trigger mania but if you are taking a mood stabilizer you may be able to also take an antidepressant. I have also taken both since being diagnosed. It can take some time to find the right combination of medications to stay relatively stable so don't get discouraged. Remember there is no cure but with effective medication you can be stable.
As to who will you be? You will be who you always were.View Thread