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How’s it going?
Hope you had a good day yesterday.
Today I wanted to address something
I see over and over and over and over
again I see with bipolar disorder.
I have never really written about it
but now is the time.
It’s one of the absolutely positively worst
things about bipolar disorder and it’s
one of the most deadly traits.
Let me tell you why I thought of this
today. Well I saw some blog posts
and emails about my email yesterday
where I talked about natural health supplements
and natural “stuff” for bipolar disorder. I
warned people how most of it was total, and
I mean total, junk.
People were writing me and basically agreeing
with what I said but there were some people
saying that you could get off medications for
bipolar disorder and be okay.
I am NOT a doctor, therapist, insurance agent,
lawyer, or other kind of professional. I am
NOT offering medical advice rather my opinion.
If you see medical advice please stop reading
One person wrote me that she just got
off her bipolar medications and was doing
great and it has been a few months.
Okay, well let me tell you something I have
found very interesting about folks with
bipolar disorder that get off their medication.
First a person gets off their medication and
“appears” to be doing well. Everything seems
okay. They are generally happy and you
the bipolar supporter may think, “wow
they are doing great” if you don’t know what
to look for and 99% of people don’t know
what to look for (for example, my dad still
to this day does not know what to look
for…know idea why).
Then slowly but surely over a few weeks to a
months, things start to turn. The person many
times will enter a manic episode. He/she will start
sleeping less, spending more mo.ney and doing
more things faster. Eventually his/her judgment
will be bad and they will start doing and saying
things that they never would do or say.
Then over time the person gets to a point where
they start to act “crazy” or very manic. At this
point the person reaches generally a place where
they can’t be stable again without going to the
hospital and they MUST be put on bipolar medications
again to be stable. Problem is, many times, they
are so far gone it takes so much to get them
The other problem is, when you get off medications for bipolar
disorder, sometimes whatever you were on that made
you stable will not work again. Doctors and researchers have
no idea why this happens but ask around and it does.
So then a doctor has to figure out a new bipolar
disorder medication or medications that will work
This could take a short time or a long time. Most
times, I have seen it take a long time especially
when a person is off bipolar medications for several
All the while, the person can’t really work well, is
still saying and doing bad things and causing tremendous
havoc to those around them and destroying their live
and/or any progress they previously made.
Eventually if the person finds the right doctor
and sticks with him/her the right medication that
causes stability will be found. Unfortunately this
generally take up to or more than a year.
This process is how people wipe out YEARS of
their lives. It’s how people take 10 to 15 years,
NOT months to finally become stable. When you
get stable, take bipolar medications, get off
of them have to find new combinations, time goes
by fast when you do it let’s say 5 times. Some
people experiment and do this process 5 to 10 times
wasting large blocks of their lives.
The thing that is so darn deadly with bipolar
disorder is that at first,
when the person stops taking their medication, first
everyone thinks they are doing okay because in my mom’s
terms “their moving around doing a lot of stuff.” They
look happy and productive. To the untrained eye, it looks
like they are getting along great.
Then eventually the bipolar supporters know something is really
wrong but the person with the disorder thinks they are fine.
I have been on the phone with potential and I repeat
potential success stories that stopped taking medication
and they said the were fine. They were doing great!
When I spoke to them, they were talking super fast, rambling,
not making any sense at all, and when I spoke to their bipolar
supporters they said the people were totally out of control
but thinking they are fine.
The warning is. When you are stable do NOT stop taking
your medication because you could find yourself literally
out of your mind and thinking you are fine and okay
when you aren’t and you are hurting everyone around
When you get my course/systems below:
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you will find many of the major success stories actually got
off medication at some point and did all kinds
of horrible things. Some tried to kill themselves
or others. Some were in jail. Many bankrupt. Most
have been married several times. One guy lost
his entire family. They refuse to ever speak to
him again even though now he is a big time success.
BUT, what he did when he was on and off medications
for years must have been so bad, they can’t forgive
him. I am not saying I agree with this just pointing
out the facts.
The common denominator of this grief and strife
is getting off bipolar medications.
For those that wrote or posted to me, who are off
bipolar medications without working with a doctor,
heed this warning.
And if you haven’t gone unstable yet, you will.
Let me ask you a few questions, for those out their,
that stopped taking their medication for bipolar disorder.
Do you like gambling with your life?
Do you know you could kill someone or kill yourself (check
the stats on this it’s 100% true. Don’t get mad at me,
I report the facts, check them)
Do you want to risk hurting those around you?
Can’t you work with your doctor with changes to the
treatment plan not “wing it” or do it on your own?
Do you realize that you could bankrupt yourself
and your loved ones around you.
You might think I am being harsh on a Sunday but
this stuff is DEAD SERIOUS. This isn’t like
a cold or something.
Everyone should really think about this email
and think about the seriousness of bipolar disorder
and go with proven success and get a great doctor,
work with him/her, go to a therapist and take
your medication as prescribed faithfully.
Don’t be a statistic on my bipolar weekly news.
Look back over my bipolar news I send out on
Fridays. Read the stories of people with bipolar
disorder that have done bad things. You will find
it was because they got off their bipolar
NOTE-Everyone who does something really crazy
with bipolar disorder never wanted to for the most
part. They did it OFF medication. Don’t be one
2 years ago a lady threaten to kill me on my list.
She also hurt someone physically and go into trouble. She went
to jail. She just got out. I don’t know why such a
short sentence. Who knows I am not a lawyer. Anyway,
she wrote me an email asking for my forgiveness
and that she would stay on her bipolar medications.
She told me she went “crazy” after several months
of being off her medications. Believe me I know,
I got the death threats from her.
Imagine waking up to someone who says their
going to kill you anyway they can? That’s what
she did to me when she was off her medications
for several months.
The good thing is, she promised to stay on her
medications. I do forgive her too.
Well I have to go.
Catch you tomorrow.
I know I am going to get hate mail from people
saying I push drugs on people and I am working
with “big drug” companies. I don’t care. If
I can just help one person on my list it’s worth
Stopping medication is VERY serious. Don’t do
P.S. Don’t forget to take a look through the
different programs I’ve put together… each one is designed
to help you with a different area of bipolar disorder whether
you have it or you are supporting someone with it.
You can see them all and get the details by visiting:
PIP’S. Check out my F.ree blog with copies of emails
that I have sent in the past and lots of great
information for you:
P.P.P.S Check out my F.ree podcast. Hear me give
mini seminars designed to teach you information
you can’t learn anywhere else.