When you are living with Bipolar disorder you will more than likely need Bipolar medication. It is a very good possibility that you will have to have the medicine for Bipolar the rest of your life. For some people this is a hard thing to accept and deal with.
There are many people who feel that medication is a form of weakness or a crutch, so they try to get better on their own. One thing that you need to remember is that when you have Bipolar disorder you will not be able to get better on your own. You have to have help from family, friends and a doctor, which in all likelihood will be a psychiatrist.
Bipolar is a real medical illness and can’t be cured with will power or with medicines. However, taking medication for Bipolar will help you to have more control over your moods. Taking medicine for this disorder is just like taking medicine for high blood pressure or a heart condition. You need to remember that no matter what Bipolar disorder will distort how you view things and Bipolar medicine will help you to see everything clearly again.
It is very important that you work with your doctor to find the right Bipolar disorder treatment for you. There are a number of different medications that doctors will use to treat Bipolar disorder. There are two medicines that are used more often than any other type to treat Bipolar. These two are Lithium and Anticonvulsant medications. There are many Bipolar people who take these medications for a number of years, sometimes lasting even for decades after their last mood episode so that they will remain relatively normal. This is called maintenance therapy.
When you are having an episode of depression or mania you may need to have other Bipolar medicines to help you control the moods. Some of the medications that are used could be antipsychotic medicines or antidepressants. You and your doctor won’t know how you will react to any Bipolar medicine without you trying it first. You may have to try several different dosages to find the right treatment for you. It can take some time for you and your doctor to work out the right medication or combination of medication to treat your Bipolar disorder. You will not feel better overnight but you will feel the difference once the medication takes effect. This can be very frustrating but you don’t want to ever give up. You will be able to eventually find a treatment that will work the best for your disorder.
When you are taking Bipolar medication it will be necessary to take the medication without fail as prescribed by the doctor. Taking the medication religiously should be likened to other daily routines like brushing your teeth, eating breakfast or getting ready for bed. It is a good idea for you to get a weekly pill box because this will make it much easier for you to see if you ever miss a dose.
You want to make sure that you talk to your doctor about the best time for you to take you medicine every day. There are some Bipolar disorder medications that will have to be taken in the morning and others to be taken with meals or after meals and still others that you will want to take at bed time. It is a good idea for you to ask your doctor what you should do if you ever miss a dose. Don’t ever assume that you know what to do because this can cause you additional problems which you don’t need or want. So always ask your doctor before you decide on your own regarding the option if medication is missed.
It is very important that you take your medicine every day. Don’t quit taking them unless you talk to your doctor first. This can prove to be dangerous. Some people stop taking their medicine when they feel good but the feeling or effect is just temporary and you are likely to have bigger problems if you decide to stop taking the medicines. Your medications are supposed to help you cope with the episodes and without them, it will be difficult to control your mood episodes.