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Bipolar: meds work.. at first

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Hi,

I've had bipolar for 8 years now approximately, since I was a junior in high school.

Long story short, through several psychiatrists and therapists, I haven't reached any sort of stability. The closest I got was about 3 months worth (5 years ago). I had then gone back to school and got a job... only to have symptoms again 3 months in. Therapy has helped me cope and change my outlook, but has not been effective otherwise.

Every new drug I try either has adverse effects, causes mania, or stabilizes me for 1-2 weeks, and then stops working. Im wondering if anyone else has these experiences? I got 2-3 days recently, during a med switch, that reminded me what its like to not be depressed or manic... Best 3 days since my diagnoses.. I felt calm and focused and human. Now I am back to depression.

How normal is this reaction to medication? Works at first, then stops...
 
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I think it’s very normal. I have the same issue. The meds will work for varying lengths of time (usually two or three months in my case) and then I’m right back to where I started. I’m receiving electro convulsive therapy soon, to see if that helps.
 
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It’s extremely frustrating, and after a while you start to feel hopeless.
 
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It’s extremely frustrating, and after a while you start to feel hopeless.
Thank you for the response... I kinda had the feeling I'd get that sorta response, but something about voicing my struggle gave me a little peace.
 
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It definitely does help to talk about things. For now just try to find solace in the fact that you’re taking care of yourself by seeing a doctor and trying to get on the right medication. You’re doing what it takes to get better. It’s highly unlikely that things won’t improve if you just keep it up.
 
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Also, have you talked to your doctor about seeking the assistance of a therapist? Medication is a must with bipolar, but you’d also be surprised how much of the heavy lifting therapy can do!
 
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I have been on so many different medications with such mixed results. It gets frustrating being at the doctor and they are at a loss for what to prescribe because of a history of things not working. Usually my problem is the side effects getting unbearable/unhealthy but some just never worked or worked for very short periods of time. I am trying out therapy again as JuneBug104 suggested, but my therapist said there was not much she could do until they go my medications more stable. Good luck though!
 
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same here, shuttling between various medications till u find ur perfect match is usually a hard task,as i heard from sources; mostly patients it may take you a long time to find a medication that suits ur wellbeing. Personally from my first 2004 bipolar diagnosis , i came to settle on valtas 750 od back in january 2017, with a psychotherapist.. which took me well till the psychiatric subtituted it with quitipine on july 2019, which made me to nearly relapse five months after the change , i.e till dec 2019... but on my last dec 2020 appointment, i asked the psychiatric to take me back to my previously stopped valtas 750 od which he did and today as am writting these i feel very ok and my healthwise lost glory has been rekindled..with the psychotherapist who councels me on a fortnight basis..
 
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