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How’s it going? I have to make this
really quick today because I have
a bunch of things that I have to
get ready for concerning an important
meeting I have tomorrow.
Today I wanted to talk about
one question that I get over and
over and an important sign to look
Here’s the question that I got
that started the me thinking
I wanted to ask you a question.
My husband is newly diagnosed
with bipolar disorder. First he
wouldn’t take his medication.
But then he said it was because
he didn’t understand how to take
it. Then he started to get better.
Now it looks like he isn’t taking
it again because well he doesn’t
look right. How can I know if
he is taking his medication?”
I get a lot of questions like this.
I would like to say a few things.
1. At first, a newly diagnosed
person might not be super excited
to take a bunch of pills for a disorder
that not really explained to them.
I think if you have empathy with a person
in this situation you can understand
why someone would be hesitant. I am not
saying people should take medication
but I understand why some newly diagnosed
people are resistant. Especially when
they are given little information on
what they have and why it’s so serious.
2. Sometimes, some bipolar supporters
don’t believe that a person with bipolar
disorder can’t figure out how to take
their medication at first. When I first
looked at all the medications my mom had
to take at first and at what times, I was
totally confused. I seriously thought, “what
the heck, I can’t even understand this?”
I called the doctor and asked over and
over for a system to take it and understanding
what should be taken when. I did it in front
of my mom and I think she appreciate the fact
that I was confused and trying to help.
3. Some people look like they are trying to
avoid taking their medication when they just
messed up on when to take it. Some you have
to just judge with patterns. If a person repeatedly
doesn’t take any but takes some it’s probably
confusion. Work with him/her to create a system.
Actually in my courses/systems below, I have
incredible systems of figuring out how to
take medications. The system was actually
created by someone who has multiple disorders
and has to take a whole lot of medications.
SUPPORTING AN ADULT WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
I also talk in my systems and courses all the
ins and outs of working with a doctor when
it comes to getting the medication right.
This is where 99% of people mess up. If you don’t
work with the doctor correctly, you or your
loved one will be in trouble.
I try to post tips on how to do it via email but the reality
is, the section is written and audio and it’s a lot so
look into my courses/systems OR find someone that
takes lots of medications and ask them how they do it.
Whatever you can do, just do it.
4. The final point is this. Sometimes bipolar
supporters fall into the perfection trap
or the “they aren’t getting better fast enough
trap.” Notice how Mary Ann is thinking that
since he isn’t getting better it’s probably
because he isn’t taking his medication.
The reality is, figuring out what medication
or medications and how much is an art not a
science from what doctors tell me. NOTE-I am
NOT a doctor. So what I have seen, is you can
go two steps forward but then three steps
backwards with bipolar stability as you are
getting the medications right.
Just keep this in mind.
Hey I have to run. Tomorrow I have a super big
important interview with one of my businesses.
I have to go to New York City so I have to
make sure that I get all my meals in early today,
go to bed early and have a good night’s rest.
So, with that said, I have to take off for the
day. I am going to try to send the bipolar news
out tomorrow super early before I leave or
I will have to send it when I get back later
in the afternoon.
Have a great day today and let me know what
you think about today’s email.
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