You continued, "That combined with only seeing her psych once a year - surely a recipe for disaster. And this is a girl having MAJOR episodes - she's pushed me away - had two panic attacks in the past three weeks (they're the only ones I know about!!) and as she told me last night - sometimes can't get off her couch because she's fearful of walking five steps into her kitchen.How can a psychiatrist prescribe her lithium annually - and how can he do this without seeing blood test results"
Ethan, you've asked yourself some very good questions. I think you know what to do. If you want to help her, find a new doctor. It sounds like she is more ill than you first knew and that she is either irresponsible for taking quality care of herself or is incapable of doing so.
You have a long road ahead of you if you are committed to straightening all of this out with her. Again, you were asked some pretty stiff questions at the beginning of all of this from LFW & Serafena. I hope your girlfriend is as committed to her wellness as you are, otherwise you are in for a big struggle. Makes me wonder how committed she was to herself BEFORE she met you. Think about it, please.
Wishing you both wellness.
Good news - we had a great chat this week and whilst talking about her Bipolar, I was able to get to realise just how neglectful she had been and that whatever meds she's on and psych treatment she is getting (which is none!) - it's NOT working. So she agreed to see a new doctor AND psychiatrist! (She actually admitted to me she hasn't see a psych in 2 years!)
I booked her in to see my doctor this morning which went really well - she felt quite relieved to be able to discuss her current situation and panic attacks. She's also booked in for a blood test - the results of which she will get back next week.
The doctor has also suggested if she can't get into a psych straight away - she will see her herself on a therapy basis.
But I know we're not out of the woods. She was in a very good mood today and yesterday but her brother is going overseas indefinately tomorrow which may have a significant impact on her.
But hopefully this is all a step in the right direction. And as far as 'we' are concerned - bizarrely even though she considers a relationship far to much 'pressure' at the moment - we've never been closer. I hope psych care can help her ally this fear and take away some of that perceived 'pressure'.
Thanks friends, Evan
Glad to hear you and your girlfriend had such a productive week. I'm glad you were able to convince her to get into seeing a new doctor and to start treatment for herself. What type of doctor did you get her in too see?
It's good that you are anticipating what may be some triggers for her, like with her brother leaving for overseas. You are right, you are not out of the woods yet. She has a long road to travel to wellness. But you are definately helping her to take all the appropriate steps needed to fullfill that.
Good luck Evan. You are certainly making a healthy difference in her life. You sound very sincere! She is very lucky to have such good support from you. A support system is very, very important to maintain wellness. Some people unfortunately do not have that, and my heart goes out to them.
Bipolar IIIt is a melancholy of mine own, compounded of many simples, extracted from many objects, and indeed the sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness. -- William Shakespeare