Very glad to have you. It's always a relief to get the proper diagnosis, even if having bipolar is not what any of us would choose. I hope the new meds help. Abilify should help pretty quick, so if you're still not feeling relief, let your doc know sooner rather than later. Many of us take several different meds, so you're not alone in that regard.
I know almost nothing about IBS, so you'll have to educate me. I really recommend therapy in conjunction with your meds, because while the meds can even out our brain chemistry, they can't help us learn to live with a mood disorder or help us deal with the damage that years of having a mood disorder has done.
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"Bipolar disorder can be a great teacher. It's a challenge, but it can set you up to be able to do almost anything else in your life." - CARRIE FISHER