Is There a Miracle Medication for Bipolar Disorder?
Would it surprise you to know that I think there is a miracle medication in bipolar disorder? I’ve taken it. And yes, it was a miracle for me. I remember going from suicidal ever day of my life to wanting to do a life-affirming skydive.
The problem is, the “miracle” medication is different for each person.
What is a Miracle Medication, Anyway?
So, in my mind, once you have become sick with bipolar disorder, a miracle bipolar medication is anything that allows you to get back to the life that you were living before the bipolar disorder attacked you. You may still have to live with some bipolar symptoms but they will be minor enough that you can handle them without too much bother.
Another way to think about it is that the medication creates a life such that you no longer qualify for the diagnosis of bipolar disorder – maybe a couple of symptoms, but not enough to justify a diagnosis.
And, of course, you might find that rather than a miracle medication, you have a miracle cocktail, or psychotherapy, or other type of therapy (like electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)).
How Do I Find My Miracle Medication?
You and your doctor need to get together and make the most intelligent “guess” that you can, you need to take the medication as prescribed at a therapeutic dose for a reasonable period of time, and then you need to evaluate its success or failure. It tends to be a long, painful process and, yes, it can take years. (And, by the way, not taking your medication as prescribed will just lengthen this process.)
There is a bit of good news here though, and the good news is you can make it easier to find your miracle medication by narrowing it down a bit. There is now a blood test that can help point your doctor in the right direction. Cytochrome P450 tests actually narrow down which antidepressants and antipsychotics are best for you based on certain gene variations.
(Read more about the test at the Mayo Clinic.)
And while I can’t promise you’ll find your miracle medication in a day, week, month or even year, what I can tell you is that it, or something very much like it, is out there for you.
What Happens After You Find the Miracle Medication?
There is good news and bad news about finding that miracle medication. Watch the video below to learn about what happens after the miracle medication.
The Moral of the Story
The moral of the story on miracle medications is this: they’re out there. I admit that they take time to find and I admit that they tend not to work forever (although, in some cases they do) but they exist. And what I recommend for people suffering from severe bipolar disorder symptoms is that you keep looking. Because you deserve your miracle.
Tracy, N. (2014, April 1). Is There a Miracle Medication for Bipolar Disorder?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2014/04/miracle-medication-bipolar-disorder
Author: Natasha Tracy
Well, this illness is so incredible mysterious and nobody has any knowledge about the causes and why there are these episodes.
Myself, being German moved with her from Berlin to Spain with its abundance of sunlight. The only progress she shows is that she learns Spanish 100 x faster than I do. A sign of progress is also that she starts giving orders or making satiric remarks on me and our grown up children.
I take care of my wife and listen to Mozart with her on YouTube. She is doing some Indian breathing exercises (pranayama).
I find it very positive on this platform that a few report how they succeeded to find a way out of this disgusting situation.
I think it was Kay red field Jamison that wrote or quoted in her book: "lithium saved my life, lithium robbed my soul".
The illness is individual, affects us differently, and no one treatment is effective for all.
On through the bad. All I can say for sure is today I'm good!
It helps to have strenght to drive you forward. It helps to have goals. It helps to have tool to help yourself and that largerly depends.
The miraclest of the miracle medications (do miracles really fail? I would say if it's miracle it doesn't fail...) will do nothing to you if you don't have the other things in check.
Yes, don't give up hope, I agree. But don't narrow to miracles and miracle medicines. Eventhough I DO joke that "I don't believe in miracles, I count on them", it's good to have back up. Life saving even.
I guess what I am saying is that mental illness has got to be one of the toughest things to treat and medicate, what will work for me is completely unique and will not necessarily work for someone else. Yes, they say mood stabiliZer and antipsychotic are the way to go, but which one and what dose? The combinations are endless.
It is very worrying and very discouraging, but on the other hand, many have found success and hope, so we must all do what we can to support and help each other. I am glad that blogs are written, information shared, it can only help, thanks Natasha for writing and speaking out.
My psychiatrist says he did run the test on some of his patients who had trouble with drugs, and it wasn't all that informative. The test was more hyped up than useful, he thought.
I really think there are probably many causes of bipolar and this is why the drugs help some people and others never find a drug to help.