I had my 1st therapy session yesterday and found I am co-diagnosed w/ bipolar & BPD. Many things make more sense, but will I need to take medication forever? It's hard for me to remember to take it 3 x everyday. What are other people taking & do you need it long-term?
I take Pristiq, Wellbutrin, Abilify and Nuvigil and expect to take it for as long as this combo is working. I too am bipolar and use to have other diagnoses but through therapy and medication I've gradually gotten better, but I suspect I will always need medication. I keep a pill dispenser with my daily meds in it so I don't forget to take as prescribed. This way I only have to fill the dispenser once a week and if I forget all I have to do is look in the dispenser to see if I have taken my meds.
Hello jillmb, best wishes to you. Having bipolar alone is generally considered a lifelong illness that requires medication daily for life but if you train yourself and organise your meds with devises such as ( webster pac's ) that hold the day's med's or the weeks med's or even the month's med's you will find they will help. I use daily pac's that i use at the same time each day, this same time becomes habit forming and also regulate's the med's at the right dose prescribed. I teach my support group this because having bipolar is not to be taken lightly and the body / mind need these chemicals on time to disperse. It does make a difference, beleive me. I haven't been diagnosed with BPD but i do feel in my own mind that it is an area to watch. Please follow all the Dr's advise and make your med's the most important part of your day. Good luck my frind and never be too shy to ask for advise. Brewstercharli.
I used to have trouble with remembering to take my pills. I live in Canada and we have disspills. It's made of paper and plastic and it's seperated by days with dates and morning, lunch, supper, and bedtime. It's perforated so you can carry the ones you want when you go out. Really great! When your doctor prescribes your meds just get him to write disspill. I will never go back to pill bottles for everyday meds. Hope this helps you. Take care!
This is not unusual at all. My husband has had depression since he was a kid. Tried to kill himself at 16 the first time. That went on until 8 years ago at 52 he almost did it up good. They had me calling everyone in the family because they said he wasn't going to make it. He has a wonderful physc. now altho I suspect he is not honest with him what so ever. He diagnosed him as bi polar & got him on the right meds. What he doesn't know is how he distances himself from others, so to answer your question , yes these conditions go hand in hand. My husband has OCD (the cleaning kind) that would drives a normal person to seek help to deal with him! So don't feel all alone out there. There are many with lots of the same disorders, & those of us family whom deal with it so welcome! Your comments are importnt to us...
yes I have BPD and Bipolar 2. I take Cymbalta, Klonopin and Abilify. Cymbalta once in the morning. Abilify .05 am and .05 at bedime, nothing in the middle of the day though unless I need a .05 of klonopin rarely. Maybe you can get your meds fixed so you can take it in am and pm oly. What do you take in the afternoon? Yes its hard to remember 3x a day. I take other meds to and its hard to remember. I will be on meds the rest of my life. But sometimes people can due without them, but I need them to keep me stable. I wish you well. I understand. I hoped I helped you.
Hi jillmb! How are you today? I'm pickles503, nice to meet you.
Before I open my big fat mouth, I want you to know that I'm not a health care professional, therefore, whatever information I give you must be thought over and discussed with your Doc.
The mayo clinic says that in addition to BPD, we are at risk for bipolar disorder. However, nothing is conclusive yet. Another web site said that one controversy that hasn't been resolved is whether BPD is actually a variation of bipolar disorder. Have you read the signs and symptoms of each disorder? It blew me out of the water to see the similarities between the two disorders. I can relate to both disorders. I'm bipolar. From what I've read, I have a lot of the same symptoms that you have. I guess I thought because the symptoms are so close, that the two would be in the same family. Yet according to research, that's a little way down the road scientifically.
Yes, I'm sure I'll need to take medications for the rest of my life. I've made the mistake of not taking my meds just once, and I went into mania for the first time in 56 years(I'm now 61.) It was horrific, to say the least.
You're bright! Keep asking questions. That's how we gain wisdom.
Isn't this support system excellent?
I hope you'll help me some day. That's what were here for, huh?
I've prayed for you and I believe you're going to find guidance for your new journey.
A dozen Orchids,
Hi there, just wondering if your Doc would consider some slow release meds as that means you don't need to take them x3 just at night maybe. Perhaps that's not an option for you but I just thought I'd mention it as others haven't. Also, re the diagnoses - I have found it best to not take on the label so much so that it does not define me; sometimes docs and nurses abd family etc. can do that and it's great to remember: you are much more than your illness, and you are much more than a behaviour you show at any one time.
DBT / mindfulness therapies have become popular and as a diagnosed BPD myself, I have found mindfulness surprisingly useful. Heaps online about it - take a look.
Cheers and bye from apple_isle
I have both bod & bipolar I take seroquel. I just started it yesterday & yes I will have to take it for the rest of my life. I have taken myself off my meds & out of therapy many times n the past & it leads to nothing but trouble. Put ur meds n a pill caddy Monday to Sunday & set a reminder on ur phone. Im pretty sure there is an app or web site that a med reminder on as soon as I find it again ill let u know. I hope this helps u.
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