How’s it going? I have to tell you something
really, really, really important about
First before I say it, I want to make
sure you are 100% clear that I am NOT
an attorney, lawyer, medical doctor,
therapist, financial advisor, insurance
agent and I am not a professional.
All the information that I have is from
the school of hard knocks. It’s from
supporting a mom with bipolar disorder
and now having more than 10 people who work
for me that have a mental illness. Some have
5 mental illnesses.
With that said, I wanted to tell you something
that happen to me the other day. I was in
the gym and someone brought up depression
to me. She said her sister had it and another
family member has bipolar disorder and stopped
taking her medication.
Why? Well the person told me it’s because they
saw on TV that the particular drug may cause
side effects and the drug maker was being
sued by a bunch of attorneys. The person on
the medication stopped taking it because
the commercial for the lawyers looking for people
to represent against the drug companies made
it seem if you take the drug you really could
have really bad problems and side effects.
So the person on the bipolar disorder medication
made the decision to stop taking the drug right
I was like, “Are you kidding me?????” In my opinion
this is TOTALLY 100% WRONG!
You should NEVER stop taking your medication until
you speak to a qualified doctor about this. If you
have bipolar disorder or your loved one does, and
you have medication concerns, schedule a doctors
visit. Talk to the doctor. The doctor will do
the research and then either say that you should
transition to another drug or say that you should
You and your loved one have to work with a good
doctor and NOT, and I repeat NOT make decisions
without the doctor. If there is one thing that
drives me absolutely crazy is when I hear
people doing this.
In my opinion the attorneys running these ads
looking for people to join their lawsuit really
hurt people with mental illness especially bipolar
disorder because they persuade people to stop taking
their medication through fear tactics in the commercial.
But I just want to say, if you have ANY concerns on
medication, you have to work with the doctor. If
you think your doctor is dumb, clueless, mean, you can’t
work with him/her, you don’t like him/her get one
that you trust, know is smart and believe in so you
can always feel comfortable working with them.
When I think of this, it reminds me of a saying,
The man who represents himself has a fool for a client
This is in reference to people that don’t get a lawyer
when they have to go to court, they are their own lawyer
and they normally get DESTROYED in court and LOSE.
In my systems and courses:
SUPPORTING AN ADULT?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
The bipolar success stories that I feature on cd,
never change their medication or get off their medication
unless they talk to their doctor first and work with
him/her on the treatment plan. They just don’t do
it own their own.
Well I have to run.
Catch you tomorrow.
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