Posted 4/25/2020 12:23 PM (GMT -7)
It’s good that you’re looking out after this person. Most people don’t have that.
You said this person has been diagnosed as Bipolar I. As a bipolar I myself (with the full mania), these people can be hard to work with.
1. Drugs.com says Abilify is an anti-psychotic…used to treat psychotic conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar I disorder and is also used together with other medicines to treat major depressive disorder in adults.
2. Klonopin it says is a benzodiazepine, and can be habit forming.
(drugs.com says it is in the same group as Xanax and Librium, tranquilizers)
3. Lamotrigine is an anti-epileptic medication also used to delay mood episodes in adults with bipolar disorder.
If they are just taking the Lamotrigine, does it stop or slow down the mania? Does it reduce or take away the depression?
You say, “Over the past year I have noticed many of changes finding out through that time that they discontinued taking their Klonopin out of the blue and to my knowledge no longer is taking the abilafy as well just leaving them the Lamotrigine.”
You said, “Over this time I have witnessed self destructive behaviors.. a lot of lying.. saying things deep and meaningful only to turn around a few days later to discredit it all.”
“I'm not completely naive about bipolar and the episodes it can bring.. I've noticed few where they deny it and a day or two later tell me their manic.”
“But my question is how much does playing Dr with one's own meds effect someone with bipolar or not keeping up with actual Drs and therapy play in the mood changes and behaviors cause I'm loosing a good friend over the stress of it all.”
You said, “these have all been being prescribed by a nurse practitioner and hasn't seen a psychiatrist or therapist in some time.”
Is there a psychiatrist that you can see? It sounds like this person could benefit from seeing one, and then taking their medicines. And making return visits to the psychiatrist.
Can you look up on the net and see if there are any psychiatrists in your area that you can see? You can also look on the net for Mental Health Clinics in your city.
Such clinics usually have a sliding scale for pay, which goes all the way down to zero if you can’t afford to pay.
If so, can you call one of these places and see if you can get an appointment? If so, check with this person to see if that is alright with them, and if so, make an appointment?
You’re on the right track. You may be just a phone call away from help.