We seem to be getting a number of people, new members and people who don't seem to be bipolar either telling people to use "treatments" other than meds, implying meds aren't needed or that you can add further chemical based treatments (like herbal suppliments bought on the net) without discussing it first with a pharmacist, doctor or other proper medical practitioner.
Jan and I are extremely concerned about this. I'm sure all of us have made suggestions for this or that to help sleep or calm you. I know I have but then if you look most of my other posts talk about sorting your meds, talking to a qualified professional etc - and that sort of balance is seen in the replies by people who are bipolar. The the current wave of outsider suggestions aren't balanced, they are promoting non medical approaches.
We are still feeling our way with this but it seems that DS also supports our view - replies are being removed and warnings sent.
This is very much a grey area - I don't want to upset our members who feel they can't make non medical treatment suggestions ..or maybe say they've managed not being on meds.
As I've said Jan, myself and DS are looking more at the outsiders posting this kind of advice. As far as I can tell none of these people were actually bipolar.
Happy to discuss further either in this thread or in PM.
My wife was attacked at work. She is doing a lot better. Me not so much I am still having trouble. I am having troubling sleeping. All I keep seeing is my wife getting attacked. I am afraid if I tell I can open up her wounds again. Still not comfortable with her building, the resident that attacked her has be removed from the building. Their building/staff is not equipped to have mental illness...
Im really missing my dad