I am a 26 year old woman with bipolar disorder. I was finally diagnosed a year ago, which although scary, it was comforting to have some explanation to all of the ups and downs I have had since I was a teen. I have been on antidepressants since I was 18 but had never seen a psychiatrist until last year when I was diagnosed. Over the years, I have tried what seems like pretty much every antidepressant out there, most with little or no success, until I found Effexor XR. I have been taking it now for over three years and it has been the best for me. However, I was still having drastic mood swings until I saw the psyc who not only increased my dose of Effexor, but added seroqeul as a mood stabalizer. This was like a miracle drug. I began to feel better than I had in as long as I could remember, but this medicine is very expensive. So a few months ago, I decided that I was all better and stopped taking it in order to save money. This was of course a mistake as my syptmoms quickly returned and were sometimes worse than ever. This was especially bad because I rapid cycle. So a month or so ago, I decided maybe I wasn't all better. I began taking the Seroquel again, but still had the problem of the cost. So yesterday I discussed this with my dr and he changed my primary medicine to Depakote which is much less costly. I still am able to take the Seroquel in a lower dose as needed for anxiety and panic attacks. I have yet to take my first dose of Depakote and am a little nervous, as I always am when I start a new med.
Until recently, I have never educated myself much on bipolar disorder. I have found though, the more I learn, the better I am at dealing with my mood swings. I have the dillema of trying to educate my husband on the disorder. I know he sometimes gets fed up with me and my ever changing mood. I am beginning to become more stable now that I have been taking the Seroquel again, but its only been a month since I got back on it, and now I'm changing meds and I'm afraid of if I will go through another destabalization period. I really think he and I would both benefit from his gaining understanding on what I'm going through, but I'm not sure how to go about educating him. Although he is a wonderful, loving husband and father, he is not always exactly receptive to things of that nature. I've tried printing stuff out for him but he never read it. I've tried to explain littlle things here and there, but I get the feeling it's just not something he wants to talk about. If anyone could give me any advice it would be greatly appreciated.