I was 20 years old when I
entered a institution for help with drug addiction to cocaine and alchol.
in 1982 not much was known
about manic depression so I had no idea about this mental illness at all.
When they told me I was Manic and had to take LITHIUM I panicked and ran
away from it for 8 yrs.
I continued my addictions until
1990. I was at wits end and returned for treatment. Well
the next nine years have been one battle after another but by researching
it, going to physiotherapy,and trying DIFFERENT ANTIDEPRESSANTS, I am now
for the first time stable as I have ever been. I was changed to EPIVAL
2000mg per day and a new drug which my doctor and I believe finally is
the right one for me. AMEN! Lamictal.
I started this drug 3 months
ago what a change balanced healthy thoughts makes. I have other illness
but when your chemical balance is ok the body does not suffer so much mind
over matter. When I look back to episodes I have had in my life it is unbelievable
that some of those situations transpired. I truly believe in GOD and the
ability to get up every time you may fall. Do not give up hope!
There is a good book called MOOD SWINGS by RONALD FIEVE. Wonderful information
for manic bipolar. I hope this story gets posted
so people can see we can learn
to live with it and educate our family members also.
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