Both my psychiatrist and therapist tell me that I must permanently take the meds along with therapy, but it depresses me to think that I need to forever pop these pills. I abstained for a year but then suffered another manic episode, but still have a hard time reconciling myself to the fact that I may need to take these drugs forever.
I was wondering if anyone on here who has bipolar 1 with manic features has succeeded long-term in abstaining just with therapy alone - no drug maintenance. I felt so good for that year without drugs (after having consumed them faithfully for six years), and it is such a shame to me that it ended the way that it did. I'd love to hear a few success stories, but these seem to be rare, absent drugs in the picture.