Re: im new to the boards been sick a long time ?
Welcome. I hope you find lots of things on here that will be of help.
I am the mom of a 25-year old who has bipolar disorder. He was diagnosed junior year of college although he'd been depressed through high school and was probably manic all senior year...but I just thought he had lots of energy!
The psychiatrist at his college put him on lithium. This worked ok but not entirely. After he graduated and moved he went through 3 different pdocs before finding one who was very knowledgeable about pharmaceuticals. After much trial and error, they finally found the combination that has restored him to stability. For what it's worth, he's now on lithium, tegretol and lamictal and he has been stable for over a year and a half. My advice is to be patient, keep trying to find the correct meds for you and just keep on believing that there is help out there for you. There are lots of great people on these boards, so come often and participate! best, tsohl