I say “critical” because I just looked at one of my previous articles “Think you might be bipolar…?” and realized I really needed to update my findings since then.
My last line was “And certainly not everything seemingly psychological requires psych meds.” While true, you can’t throw everything under the same blanket, and it was NOT true for me. I did need psych meds. Yes, I’m very willing to talk about this now.
In 2010, when I had the full-blown manic episode which I thwarted by taking thyroid and adrenal support herbs, I thought for sure my problem was hypothyroidism and exhausted adrenals instead of bipolar disorder. The one miraculous thing it did was quash those violent dreams I had been having for years and which have never returned. So there was something to it.
BUT, now I understand that both the hypothyroidism and the bipolar incident (which later settled back into “atypical bipolar”) were brought about by years of taking Prozac which was the only thing I could get anyone to prescribe for me.
If you’re curious to read my experience, check out another blog post of mine entitled, “After 38 years, I finally heard something other than ‘Shut up and take your Prozac.'”
It was a matter of finding a doctor savvy enough to actually do some psychological testing, then hear what I was saying (and had been saying for years), and to prescribe the right thing.
And if you don’t want to take my word for it, read what a doctor says in this article: