Originally Posted by Bearsmom
I was recently diagnosed as bipolar. I would love to hear how others deal with this and parenting. Meds vs no meds? Meds vs bfing? I have a two ds 1 yo and 3 yo. I'm a stay at home mom and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to make it through the day with some sort of breakdown. (probably pretty normal for all moms bipolar or not
I take Lamictal, which has been very helpful. I took depakote before, and it was also very effective, but it can be harsh (requires you keep an eye on your liver health) and I experienced some weight gain. Still, the depakote was the first effective med I found and it was a turning point in my life.
Be careful with bipolar, it's not something you want to mess around with. Were you diagnosed by a psychiatrist (medical doctor)? I urge you to get treatment from a psychiatrist, not your regular family doctor.
Medicine, talk therapy and exercise, all together, are very helpful. It's easy to take a pill once a day, harder to get yourself out the door for a daily long walk, harder to find a therapist and get yourself on the couch regularly. But there has actually been a study done comparing patients who take meds only, vs patients who take meds and have talk therapy. The people with therapy were happier much, much longer than those who took meds alone.
However do not
discount meds where bipolar is concerned. It is literally a life saver.
This has been a really helpful web site for me:http://www.psycheducation.org/index.html