Re: angry re: medications
What has helped me is to take some control over the process. No, going without medications is not an option but that doesn't mean you can't be involved in deciding what drugs to try, what side effects you will tolerate and which ones you can't.
Encourage your doctor to give you as much information as possible about the medications to be considered. Always ask the questions "why are you considering this medication?" "what makes you think med. X is preferable to med. Y?" "Where can I go to learn more about my condition and treatment choices?" I believe this approach has not only helped me retain some control over a lousy situation, but that by working with my pdoc as a partner, not an adversary, I have ended up with better control over my bipolar as well.