Just Because I am Unstable does not Mean I am not taking my Medications

drugs with cross outThere is nothing more irritating when I hear on a movie or television show that the person is acting erratic because they are off their medications. It bugs me that one of my sisters assumes that I am not taking my meds when I am manic because I did that once over twenty years ago.

Many people with bipolar disorder are medication resistant or are simply trying to find the right combinations of meds that work. For the unlucky ones, it can be years and years of visits with psychiatrists.

I take my medication as prescribed and it is so frustrating that I can’t stay stable.   I am either manic or severely depressed and no meds seem to appease that.

My close relatives  that fight this fight with me every day know that I am doing everything in my power to stay healthy and that I am taking my meds as prescribed.

What irritates me the most is when people who see someone in a state of mental illness at a hospital assume they are off their meds.  This is not true.  The same goes for people portrayed in Hollywood.  Once I would like to see a storyline where someone is taking all their meds and they are still not working.

There is enough stigma going around about mental illness that we don’t need to add that it is a choice for someone to get  manic or go off their meds.

 

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About Michelle Clark Bipolar Bandit

I am a strong advocate for the mentally ill and have been since I was first approached by a lawyer in a psychiatric facility as a teenager. He wanted me to help him fight how the mentally ill are mistreated. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 17 after a full blown manic episode. Before that, I suffered from debilitating depression for 4 years. My goals are to help others by sharing my story and providing tips to deal with mania and depression. I often write blogs related to advocating for people like myself. I want to encourage, inspire, and educate those with #bipolar disorder and other mental illnesses and also include inspirational #quotes. I founded the group Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses and the page Mental Health Advocates United and have several social media sites that are related to bipolar disorder and/or advocacy. If you are an advocate or would like to be, I hope you join our FB group: Advocates for People with Mental Illnesses
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1 Response to Just Because I am Unstable does not Mean I am not taking my Medications

  1. Speaking Bipolar says:

    I stand with you in solidarity. And even when you are on the right combination of meds, there are still days you are unstable. It’s just part of the bipolar journey. Hang in there!

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