And now we're going to toss it over to Bipolar Expert Answers Lisa Sundstedt. Lisa?
Hi! Welcome back to Bipolar Expert Answers, moving on to our next question from Trenton's mama. She says, four days ago, I was diagnosed with bipolar and it really does scare me.
I keep having thoughts like "Am I crazy? Could I be a danger to myself or my family? Why me?" The worst part is everyday I'm losing control a little more and I have a three-year old to care for.
I'm worried that doctors won't find the right meds needed to control it. I just want to be normal. Any advice?
Give this a little bit of time to sink in. Hopefully, one of the things that you'll learn is that bipolar disorder is what we call in my business a spectrum disorder
and what that means is that there's all different degrees of severity.
You can have a very mild syndrome all the way to a severe syndrome. At this point, it doesn't sound like you really know how severe your syndrome is.
Many, many people with bipolar disorder have a good prognosis and are able to lead normal productive lives.
Yeah. When I was diagnosed of course it was very scary at first, I was 28 years old. But, I stay on my medication. I can't stress enough how important it is to really follow the doctor's orders.
And as far as your child goes, I mean, I think it's great that you're asking these questions so early. Maybe read some books, you know.
I read Patty Duke's book and that was really helpful to me.
Thank you very much for writing in and, and just keep, keep watching WebMD.
And in the end, I just like to encourage work with your doctor. You and your doctor together can find a good medication regimen that works right for you.
What I usually tell my patients is, "You're the pilot. I'm the navigator. Together, we'll get there."
Good luck, Trenton's mama.