Hope this day is the best for you!
Unfortunately, I have a real sad story for you today, because it has a real lesson in it for you and anyone else you know who has bipolar disorder.
I was in the gym talking to a kid who told me that basically the girl next to him has a drug problem.
He told me he’s brought it up to her, and he had said, “Are you still taking those medications?”
She told him she was, and then defended what she was doing by the fact that her doctor had prescribed them.
Here’s what happened:
This girl had gone online and looked up depression. (She felt she had depression, that’s why she had gone online.)
So she went to her regular doctor and asked for an antidepressant.
And he gave it to her!
No real tests. No background talk. In fact, he only spent 5 minutes with her.
Basically, he let her diagnose herself, and prescribed what she told him she should be prescribed!
To me, that is a horror story!
Taking prescription drugs and abusing them is being just as much a drug addict as if you were buying street drugs and abusing them.
And don’t just take my opinion on that. Ask any “regular” person who is addicted to pain killers. Or even antidepressants, if they are used the wrong way.
Especially someone who might have bipolar disorder. Because antidepressants only treat HALF the disorder. What about the MANIC part of bipolar disorder. Remember, it used to be called manic-depression, or manic-depressive disorder before it was called bipolar disorder?
This girl diagnosed herself and basically prescribed her own medication, and the doctor went along with it!
That’s why in my courses/systems below, I provide a complete doctor finding system.
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Now, this won’t stop you/your loved one from diagnosing yourself and “prescribing” your own medication, but it will help you find a good doctor who will diagnose you in the correct way.
One of the biggest problems (and I talk about this in my courses/systems) is that you go to support groups and one person will say how they went on this “super” medication, and how EVERYONE should take this same medication because it worked so great for them, and it’ll work so great for everyone else, too.
WRONG! Just because a certain medication works great for someone else, doesn’t mean it will do the same thing for your loved one.
Every person with bipolar disorder is different, and just because one medication works great for one person doesn’t mean it’s going to work great for your loved one.
You need to be able to trust your doctor and do what they say, knowing that they have your loved one’s best interests at heart. They know your loved one’s medications, and what works for them.
The main thing is that your loved one was properly diagnosed and properly prescribed.
Take warning from the story of the girl in the gym.
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David Oliver is the author of the shocking guide “Bipolar Disorder—The REAL Silent Killer.” Click Here to get FREE Information sent via email on how and why bipolar disorder kills.