Do you think you are BiPolar; or did a doctor tell you that you are bipolar; do you trust your doctor?
dangers, hope, personal responsability
Mania or Bipolar disorder is a very serious condition. I urge you not to take this decision lightly or without consulting a doctor; if you feel your current doctor is pushing these medication on you, then I suggest seeing another doctor and explaining your situation. But I must emphasize that regardless of any advice you find on these hubs you consult with a physician before you make any decisions. Abruptly stopping the use of any psychotropic medication can cause a multitude of irrational thoughts such a suicide; or the eruption of a manic episode which can get one into a lot of trouble and put you in harm’s way. That being said here are my thoughts.
I have a very close friend who has been under treatment for Bipolar disorder for over seven years. He tried many medications before he found a combination that worked. He was on lithium, depakote, etc. Finally he got a medical marijuana recommendation and started another medication with very few side effects and is no doing really well in college (he had to drop out for three years due to these health issues.)
First off I would question your doctor and the circumstances that lead to you being diagnosed with bipolar disorder; and if you trust your physician’s diagnosis. I myself was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, depression and ADD; after five or so years of taking drugs that did not help and caused undesired side effects another doctor had me do a sleep study and found I had sleep apnea and insomnia. He ceased all my other medications, got me a CPAP machine and after a week of proper sleep I never felt better. It’s been five years and I have not needed an antidepressant or adderall. So question your doctor, get a second opinion. Do not ever take what a doctor says for granted; just like every other professional there is no guarantee that he/she knows what they are doing. Doctors improperly diagnose patients with alarming frequency.
If you feel that you are not Bipolar; or you think that you may be just barely bipolar, there are other options out there for treatment. I suggest doing some research, talking with your doctor, express your concerns. Get a second opinion and do some research on alternative treatments and go from there.