Hi, how’s it going? Hope you are doing well.
Have you ever known a lady like this? I met a lady on several occasions. We’ll call her Patty. Patty was almost skin-and-bones when I first met her. I had absolutely NO IDEA she was pregnant. But then the second time I met her, only a month later, she was popped out so big I thought she’d deliver any day. It ends up the first time I met her she was almost 7 months into the pregnancy already! That seems strange to me. But I guess that’s how it works out sometimes.
Maybe you’ve met people who are the same way about bipolar disorder. I sure have. You know, the ones who seem fine. You’d never even think that there was anything wrong with them. Until one day, they have a major episode. It’s like it all silently builds up, until it just explodes. You would think that you would see it coming, but you don’t.
Maybe your loved one is like this. This can even make the diagnosis confusing, because for long periods of time it seems like nothing is wrong. Then, all of a sudden, they are either majorly depressed or majorly manic. Talk about a mood swing!
There’s another thing that this can make difficult, too: medications. It seems for so long like they are fine, so it is tempting to go off medications in between moods. But that kind of thinking can be dangerous, and the results can be disastrous.
After all, it’s a chemical imbalance that’s causing those mood swings to begin with. That chemical imbalance can cause all kinds of problems. But it can be worked on by taking medications as prescribed and following the proper treatment plan.
Maybe some or all of those extreme mood swings can even be avoided altogether! Wouldn’t that be nice? At the very least the medications will be a useful tool to help manage them. But it’s much harder when they haven’t already been in the person’s system. When a person has a mood swing and THEN begins medications, it takes time for the medications to fully work.
So this is why you should strongly encourage your loved one to take their medications regularly as prescribed even in-between mood swings. It doesn’t matter how normal they feel or act, what matters is keeping them that way.
What are your thoughts on this?
Well, I have to go!