Psychiatry & Psychology--General/medication for life?

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QUESTION: how true is it that once a bipolar always a bipolar? I mean, why does my psychiatrist say that im bound to take medications for life?
how true is it? Isn't bipolar curable, that is medication-free?

I've committed suicide once because of recurring suicidal thoughts and depressive negativities. Im feeling indifferent of life. How do you get out of it?

ANSWER: If it is Bipolar Disorder, then, yes, it is lifetime, and lifetime medications are needed. You would continue to need at least some treatment.

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QUESTION: so you're saying its impossible to be medication-free? Are'nt there instances of bipolar who don't take medications?

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I did not say impossible.  Sure, there are people misdiagnosed who really don't have Bipolar, or since Bipolar is periodic, and comes in goes, and in some people they have an outbreak only once a decade, or in some people the outbreak is mild, so they just tolerate it.  However, you are planing against the odds: 85% of people relapse without medications.

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Dr. Daniel S. Harrop received his B.A. and his M.D., both from Brown, and his M.B.A. from the Edinburgh Business School, Scotland. Board-certified in adult and geriatric psychiatry, he is a past president of the R.I. Psychiatric Society and a member of the Committee on Medical Quality of the American Psychiatric Association and the Committee on Continuing Medical Education of the R.I Medical Society. He serves as a consultant to four of the top five major medical management companies, including OptumHealth/United Healthcare, Magellan Behavioral Health Services, ValueOptions and APS Healthcare, and maintains a private practice in Providence, R.I. He also serves as chief psychiatric consultant on the Medical Advisory Board at the R.I. Workers Compensation Court. He was formerly on the faculty at the medical schools at both Brown University and Harvard University.

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