How to participate once diagnosed with a Mental Illness
Years after my diagnoses with Bipolar Disease. I thought it was time to participate in my medical care. To understand layman’s terms, what to expect and when to call doctor. Getting on the same page as you learn doctor speak and how they hear.
A proficient Psychiatrist with a background helping Mentally Ill patients. Please save your time and money going to General Doctor. Most are not versed in how drugs work together or not. Psychiatrist understand drugs, spend more time to make diagnoses and discuss the drugs to help.
A Therapist, my foundation in healing. The key to healing is understanding yourself. They can help take the weight you’re carrying around.
Don’t stop taking your medication. Medications cause side effects, the drugs you buy at CVS have side effects. Every drug has side effects. It may take 6-8 weeks for the medicine to level off. If you want to change a drug in a week, please understand, there are no short cuts. Short cuts not only prolong the treatment and can be dangerous. If you’re determined to stop medicine, Call your doctor first! If you become delusional, psychotic or determined to hurt yourself go to local hospital.
Keep a journal to document the changes in mood. Keeping a log helped my doctor see my mood was cycling. A medication change was needed.
There are many ideas on how people were helped or not by medicine. I will admit a couple of times a new drug to current mix sent me reeling. I am always on the internet reading about each drug especially now with Lyme medications. I’m sharing my experiences in hopes of helping someone.