Riding the Wave ... And the Trough

I am mentally ill, diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder I, OCD, ADHD, PTSD and a vitamin B12 deficiency (a key element in brain development). For over 12 years, I took anywhere from 5-8 psychotropic meds each day, and have been recently giving myself a monthly injection of B12.

In January 2012 I was hospitalized for depression, and management of my currrent med cocktail. Immediately all but two of my meds were discontinued and, after a few weeks of adjustment, and some near hospitalizations, things seem to be going much better.

I have been on permanent disability since January 2010, and am adjusting to life on a very limited income.

My prayer is that in walking with me during the ups and downs of Bipolar Disorder, you might find solace, and benefit through my experiences.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Let's Looks At Taking Meds From A Different Angle

 Just when I start to get comfortable on my current med regime, along comes the announcement that the medications prescribed to control Bipolar Disorder don't really make a difference. Isn't there enough proof in the fact that tens of thousands of people have been, and are currently being helped by their meds.

This is just another way for the pharmaceutical companies to create another market (different meds), and in turn more money ... a lot more money. Come on people, we are dealing with peoples' minds here. I'm sure there are situations where people run into problems with their meds, and maybe some where the meds are ineffective. You're dealing with the mind, an organ that we really know nothing about, and fine-tuning it along the way is not an art or a science.

Working with the brain actually amounts to no more than an educated guess; sometimes no more accurate than throwing a dart at a dartboard blindfolded.  I have had Neurosurgeons tell me that, when operating on the brain, they really don't know exactly what they're doing, and will more than likely cut away good brain tissue during a procedure.

People with a mental illness simply want to feel better. Isn't the fact that they do feel better proof enough that the meds they're taking work. So what if some researcher comes along and proves the meds don't do the job.  If they do, they do. Even if we think they do, then they do. That's the unique thing about mental illness; it's all in your mind. Regardless of the "science", if the end result is positive, let it ride.

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