I suffered with depression and anxiety
for most of my life. Since the age of nineteen I have seen
therapists regularly and took a variety of
antidepressants prescribed by my family physicians. Nothing helped
for long periods of time.
Four years ago, I am now 57, I felt I
had reached the end of my rope. I made an appointment with a psychiatrist/psycho-pharmacologist who gave
me an extensive evaluation and diagnosed me with Bi-Polar disorder,
as well as several other conditions. Unfortunately all 3 of my
children have similar problems as well.
It took nearly a year to find the right
drug “cocktail” which is still being adjusted occasionally. The
first year consisted of experimenting with the right medications,
dosages for those medications and the right combination of
medications.My family and I found talk therapy equally as important as the
prescriptions. Since the Bi-Polar brain works differently than
others, those of us who are Bi-Polar learned to cope with life
differently than others. Therefore talk therapy becomes extremely
important in order to learn new coping skills and to help understand
how others view and react to normal day to day situations.
Unfortunately, the older one is when diagnosed the more difficult it
is to change those coping mechanisms acquired to survive.
The description you give of your
son's behavior paints a picture of a depressed individual. Given his
age it may be difficult to convince him to speak to his psychiatrist
about trying new dosages or Rx's altogether. You don't mention in
your comments if your son is working with a therapist if not he
should find one who specializes in Bi-Polar disorder. As I
said it took nearly a year to find the right combination of drugs and
the right therapist for me to feel as though I was making significant