I've been struggling
with BiPolar disorder all my life. Although I wasn't diagnosed BP untill I was 18, I was in treatment with a psychiatrist since age 13. We basically sat and stared at one another (Doc and I) for an hour, make an appt. for the following week, and do it again. Eventuslly she said I had an "adjustment disorder" . Actually my moher was bipolar and it couldn't be her that had the problem, so it must have been me. Eventually they shipped me out west for the summer, other summers I lived with this poor family who had 9 children, plus me, in a two room house.
I've always been experimenting or Doctors have been manipulating the drugs trying to get it right. I discovered after a few years, there are no answers. Only varying approximations of what will work for the individual. Almost every new drug to come on the market starts out as the "wonder drug". Neurontin was good for neuroleptic pain, and was reccomended at one point for BiPolar disorder. Not so much now. Lamictal, the same. Now abilify and lyrica hit the market. Betta they'll end up "wonder drugs. I had to fumble my way through the maze, trying to understand what's wrong with me. the docs don't know the answer to that one, or know how to fix it. How can they possibly get it just right. I find my own way through with my General Practitioner, who isn't a willing participant, it's just so incredibly hard to find a pdoc. Good Luck.