I think counseling will help, also.
For instance, if we have a problem and we're talking to someone on a regular basis, at the next session, we can talk about
the problem and maybe they can help us solve is. Two heads are better than one.
Like you with the previous counselor, I would notice if they are helping you solve such problems. If they're just sitting there not saying anything, I agree with you, that you might want to get another counselor.
Sometimes they can give advice and give the wrong advice. That may be one reason why they just sit there. There letting you figure out the problem. Because, as noted, sometimes they can give the wrong advice. I had a therapist do that one time and it really messed me up.
Sometimes, they'll throw it back to you and say, "What do you think you ought to do?" Which is kinda helpful actually. For sometimes, you can be on both sides of an issue, and that question can help you sort out which one is better.
But I prefer that to their not saying anything.
You say, "Gabapentin is the only thing that takes the pain away. Unfortunately, I feel as though it takes my brain with it. But what do you choose, to be in pain or just not function as well as normal?"
I have that problem, also. I have certain meds I'm suppose to take, but they can interfere with other health problems that I have. It's a constant juggling act.
And "I do know pain medicine will and makes me super sensitive and very grumpy, hard to be with. So I am wondering if Gabapentin is doing that to me."
It may be, you can type in the name of the med on the search engine, go to one of the websites that comes up on that med, and read the side effects.
I think you're right to reach out for help. Life with bipolar can be rough, but the meds do help us. My grandmother didn't have anything for her bipolar, there were no such meds, so we'd be in a mental hospital somewhere, instead of having a chance to hold some jobs.
That's a big improvement, which I hope we can appreciate.
Oh, I was going to ask you, did you inherit your bipolar? I got mine from my mother's mother. It can skip a generation, so a grandparent might have had it, but not either of your parents.
Sorry to hear about
Post Edited (Tim Tam) : 3/7/2018 12:59:20 PM (GMT-7)