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  1. Hey Raeyn,
    I spent most of my life unmedicated. Diagnosed 6 years ago, my doc started me on some meds to control my Bipolar Disorder. With in a few months I felt better than I ever had before. Still it took me a year or more to get honest with him. Once I did my worst fears were realized, he wanted to adjust my meds. “Why fix it if it ain’t broke?” I asked. He assured me this was not something he dose lightly and that while I feel better now there will come a time when the current cocktail of meds no longer provide me with the relief I crave. I eventually, begrudgingly agreed to try his recommendations.
    In the five years since my meds have been adjusted numerous times. I have finally come to accept that I will never go a day without them, that I am a better person with them and that I’m happy, maybe for the first time in 50 years.

    I will also share with you that recently I slipped into a depression. It was the first extended depression I’ve experienced in a long time. I called my current shrink, she suggested another adjustment in my meds. Once again I was reticent to take her suggestion. I finally agreed only because I have a track record of getting better when I’m honest, willing, vigilant. These are not traits anyone who knows me from before my treatment would have assigned to me. I learned them in AA and I do my best to keep them always. I don’t give advice, but I am always willing to share my experience, strength and hope.

    My experience is that if I have a good repore with your doc I should trust what they say, I chose them after all. My strength lies in a belief in God that I didn’t always have. My hope is that you will find some relief.
    God Bless

  2. With the NHS, there’s less choice in whom one has for a doctor, but I -do- like my doctor and feel he is a good advocate for me. So yes, I will definitely do my best to poke myself into advocating for myself. And, failing that, my husband is told all that comes out of my mind, so he’s good at helping to keep me on the right path. 🙂

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