I have lived with the diagnosis of Bipolar disorder for over 30 years. I have learned a great deal about myself and my disorder. There are many important aspects to my treatment. I would like to discuss a couple of them. A good psychiatrist and Journaling. A good psychiatrist is crucial for prescribing medication and monitoring my progress. I have been fortunate to have only two pdocs in the entire 30 years of treatment. This is partly due to the fact that they were very good pdocs and I made it a priority to work closely with them. Understanding your own treatment is very important. Throughout my life I have had to change meds many times. As time passes, my chemicals change and the meds that worked so well are not working anymore. My pdocs have always been able to discern this because I keep a daily, written journal. In my journal I document any changes in my life, my otc drugs, my moods and behavior and anything that might happen in association with my disorder. For me, it is very important to always have a positive attitude about my treatment. I could spend my time complaining about everything that happens or the people treating me, but that does not move me forward. Please share things that you have found important to forward moving, positive treatment.
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