Many who read my blogs a social media posts would be well aware of my Bipolar. I was diagnosed in the public system when I was 40 I am 50 in may 2018. I was put on Lithium.
‘Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) is one of the most widelyused and studied medications for treating bipolar disorder. Lithium helps reduce the severity and frequency of mania. It may also help relieve or prevent bipolar depression. Studies show that lithium can significantly reduce suicide risk’
I was also instructed to use Zyprexa
Zyprexa. Zyprexa (olanzapine) is an atypical antipsychoticmedication used to treat schizophrenia and manic episodes of bipolar disorder.
Both these medication increase weight. This was not discussed at all at the time. Actually, I don’t think the medical professionals care. They just want you safe on meds so you are no risk to your self and anyone else. I have always walked a lot, however, even being a walker and trained in gyms with an excellent diet I gained a considerable amount of weight. This was an inevitability, no escaping the outcome from these type of medications. I had consultations with public physiologist and psychiatrist. I am not saying I was not treated but I am saying I was not thoroughly investigated. Sure I have Bipolar but why?
Well, my current private psychiatrist had a hypothesis about my condition. A particular part of my brain had been damaged at birth due to my large head. ( I take second largest size in hats.) I asked my mother who confirmed a terribly long and painful birth. Lithium treats the chemical disorder and I never really felt well on it. I was better but far from well. I switched to Tegretol
Tegretol (carbamazepine) is an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Tegretol is also used to treat bipolar disorder.
This treats electrical issues which is more suited to the damaged parts of my brain from childbirth. I was feeling great in a couple days on this medications. It does not affect my weight and it is all I take these days. I have had a mild manic episode but have managed them easily. This medication has radically changed my life forever.
I can now meditate, once this was impossible and caused much distress when suggested. I meditate regularly and pray of course. I have been studying the ” Path to Enlightenment in Tibetan Buddhism” and applied for an M.A next year in Applied Buddhism. I am doing this for pleasure and my interest in eastern religions. I have a Bachelors in Theology and a Graduate Dipolar in Pastoral Care. I also have three postgraduate certificates in Clinical Pastoral Education and one is advanced.
My life and relationships have radically changed for the better. I am a different person than I was three to four months ago. I am a work in progress like all of us but I manage life far better these days with the right medication and care.