i am adhd and biopolar and have been taking medication all my life. i am about to be 18 and since im about to be an adult, i would like to know if i have to take meds all my life, ireally hope i dont have to. do i?
My case is a little different since I wasn't diagnosed Bipolar 1 and Adult ADHD until my 30's. But, I expect to be on meds., of some sort, for the rest of my life. Its a delicate balance and everyone's chemistry is different. In my opinion, if you & your Dr. want to give it a try, I would first try to taper down the ADHD meds. (you didn't mention what it was). As sometimes, if I don't have to really focus on work or a project, I will forgo my dextrostat. Behavior modification can sometimes help to manage the ADHD. But, I consider the mood disorder to be a much more serious DO (at least, for me). I take trileptal and seroquel, at minimum therapeutic doses, and I would not recommend tampering with any of the meds you're taking, the bipolar meds, in particular, without first discussing it with your Dr. For me, I do NOT want to have the kind of clinical depressions I was having, or another manic break, so I don't ever skip the bipolar meds.
This is just my opinion, and I'm not a medical Dr., but I am a Psychologist. Hope this helps! Good luck!
I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, believe me. Bipolar is something that can be treated but NOT cured and certainly not without medication. What it is, is a chemical imbalance in your head, basically.
It does not, will not and do NOT let it define who YOU are. The ADHD is something that may actually be a part of the Bipolar and not actually ADHAD.
Medications for Bipolar don't necessarily mean for the rest of your life. You caught it early, rather than finding out at 40 that you have it. Do not let it steer your direction in life. It does not have to be about changing your life, or that your life is over. Don't define yourself or label yourself and don't let anyone else do to you.
Since you are young, medication will help, and who knows, down the line you may not need it. Please, please don't look at it like a death sentence. It really is ok to have it, and don't blame yourself or anyone else for having it. Don't let it get you. I keep saying you are young, being that I am 40. So being, 40, I don't know what it would be like to find out at 18. I think it is great to find out early on, so you don't spend years in agony trying this and that medicine trying to figure out what is wrong. And remember, I do know that ADHD can actually be a part of Bipolar, so you may be able to get rid of that medicine there.
Keep strong. Fight it. There is no set limit to what "Bipolar" is and don't let anybody tell you that you are "mental." You can do this!
My son is going to be 21 in August, we weaned him off of the ADHD meds while he was in High School. He has his moments when he shows the classic ADHD symptoms but, mostly he has learned to overcome alot of them. He has a tenancy to use his music as a background to control his need of over thinking things although, at times, it is also a distraction. His driving and sleep habits are my biggest worry, he is too distracted and doesn't pay enough attention to what is going on around him and he sleeps too little. If you are committed to going without the ADHD meds it can be done but, you will still have some symptoms of the dissorder to overcome.
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