He currently takes about 4mg Klonopin, but this is not helping. Should he try 25mg/kg Depakote ER? He has not been formally diagnosed, but many with experience in the field that have known him a long time believes this is Bipolar II. He fears the stigma of the diagnosis! HELP
While I admit there is stigma associated with a mental illness diagnosis, please do not let that be a deterrent. There are many good medications for Bipolar Disorder including Depakote. I am bipolar and now carry the message to many audiences that mental illness is no different than having an illness like diabetes. As long as we take our meds and follow our doctor's instructions we lead a normal life just like a diabetic with insulin. I feel strongly about this topic. Can ya tell? Seriously, getting the proper treatment is critical and really it is no one's business, but you and your husband's.
The one thing I will add is that getting the right diagnosis leads to the right medications. And relief from the condition is what one seeks, right?
Also, I lost a good friend who decided not to medicate properly. Bipolar has a high incidence of suicide. For his safety and your long life together, don't forget it. Should he talk about suicide, never ignore it.
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