It’s 5:34 am and I have a ton of things to do. But before I take
off for the day I wanted to send you some quick information.
We have been talking about bipolar disorder episodes and things
you need to learn this week.
I get a lot of emails from people asking about treatment options
and preventing or helping someone through a bipolar episode.
This really amazes me because I say so many times I am NOT
a doctor. It’s a doctor who comes up with the treatment plan.
For some reason many don’t know this so I want to say it again.
Doctors come up with treatment plans and what medication a loved
one should take.
AND I will say, everyone should refrain from going and finding
people with bipolar disorder and asking them what medication they
take. It’s useless information because every patient is different
so therefore learning what some other person takes isn’t going
to really help your loved one.
What’s going to help them is getting them to a qualified good
doctor so he/she can get the RIGHT treatment plan. If you are
having problems getting a loved one to the doctor, keep reading.
Okay back to treatment. I want to tell you, and this doesn’t just
come from me, it comes from the National Institute of Mental
Health, they say and I quote:
“But in truth, many lives are ruined by this disease;
and without effective treatment, the illness is associated
with an increased risk of suicide.”*
I will add that in addition to increased risk of suicide,
those without treatment or proper treatment wind up destroying
themselves and others around them in every way possible. That’s
what happen to myself and my family.
I also wanted to add….
Psychological Signs of a Bipolar Episode:
Change in thought content (depression/elation)
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Impatient, intolerant, openly combative, aggressive
Highly demanding, violently assertive, highly irritable
Preoccupied with self/self-pity
Seriously impaired judgment/poor decisions
Okay, now before I get hate mail, and I will from people
with bipolar disorder that write and say…..
“DAVE, I AM NOT LIKE THAT, WHY DO YOU WRITE STUFF THAT MAKES
ME LOOK BAD.”
I will get something like this from a few people. Here’s the deal. I
have a list that’s like, well I don’t know right now it’s almost
over 90,000 people. I am trying to help everyone at the same
time giving everyone a ton of information and they can use
what they need to use.
It’s really, really, really, really hard to please everyone.
I can’t imagine if I was running for office :).
It’s important to let people know what the consequences of lack
of treatment are and also what the signs of an episode is. If
this doesn’t 100% fit you, someone with bipolar disorder, don’t
be offended. Realize this information is VERY helpful for
the vast majority of people out on my list.
There is so much with episodes I could go on and on which I have
for this entire week. I am trying to give you as much as I can
without sending out 40 page emails which actually I can’t send
out because of limitations with my software.
If you want more information on episodes….
SUPPORTING AN ADULT?
SUPPORTING A CHILD/TEEN?
HAVE BIPOLAR DISORDER?
Well I really do have to run for the day. Actually I should
stop saying that because some people are in different countries
and think that means I am going to go running now. Actually
run for the day means leave for the day.
Have a great day.