It seems many people with Bipolar Disorder are leaving their treatment plan completely up to their doctors. I often hear about how a med is not working for someone or how the side effects are making it not worth the benefits of taking it. When I ask these people if they’ve spoken to their doctor […]
I agree. Several decades ago, I went to my Primary Care Physician (PCP) and he noticed my resting heart rate was over 100. He thought it was one of the bipolar medicines I was taking. He sent me to the Emergency Room (E. R.) and said they would call the E. R. Seems they didn’t initially call because when I showed up at the E. R. and they wanted to know why I was there, they didn’t originally believe me. Which is odd since all they had to do was check my heart rate to verify I was telling the truth. Eventually, they get the call.
My psychiatrist wanted to keep me on the medicine and I said no. To him, it was no big that my heart rate was significantly higher than it should be. It took some convincing and getting my PCP involved, but the medicine was changed.