Hi Rhonda in Nashville,
Welcome to our board, I hope you're finding HealingWell useful and welcoming. There are SO many people who have similar stories to yours -- diagnosed with depression, treated unsuccessfully for years with AD's only to find they're bipolar in the end. It's frustrating.
Definitely you should talk to your doctor about
having this disorder without the means to pay for the drugs. He/she will give you samples -- they get TONS of samples from the drug companies. They don't mind giving you samples. That's one way to go. The other is to contact the company that makes the drug you're on. So for instance, if you get put on Lamictal, for example, and you go to the official Lamictal webpage, down at the bottom is a tiny link called "Medicine Savings". Click on that and you get sent to the GlaxoSmithKline page for medicine assistance. www.gskforyou.com/
Most pharmaceutical comapanies have something similar. If you ever want help finding one, I'm totally willing.
It's tough going to be bipolar without drug therapy.
I hope this is helpful. Keep writing and let us know how you are doing. It's good to have you.
SerafenaCo-Moderator, Bipolar ForumBipolar II