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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bipolar Medications Take My Emotions Away

Question: I have been off bipolar medication for 10 months now.  I did not like the way they made me feel.  I had no emotions and always felt zoned out and when my mom passed,  I did not feel a thing, no emotions at all, so I got off them with a doctor's help but I need them.  My bipolar is affecting my marriage.  What can I take that will help and not make me feel like that I am also very depressed due to constant pain?

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Laura NP


Eleventh Hour LLC said...

Dear Beverly,
It's hard to determine if the medication is causing you to feel a certain way, or your bipolar illness is causing you to feel a certain way. There are always multiple factors that go into our reactions and feelings. Even how we were raised plays a role in our feelings towards particular situations. The best course of action is to get into some therapy right now and do some self-exploration. No medication will "fix" your marriage or your illness. As hard as it is, you must try, with the help of a therapist, to determine the root cause of your depression and marriage issues. It is quite possible you will be enlightened through therapy and realize it has nothing to do with medications. It sounds like you are suffering, but taking a pill won't make it all go away. You can do this, stay on your medications and engage in some intensive therapy to discover yourself. It may be the combination of therapy and medications that will free you. Bottom line...don't rely on a pill to help you. While medication can help manage some of the symptoms of your illness, it won't cure what is bothering you. Take control of your thoughts and emotions and reign them in through therapy. You will feel empowered and relieved when you recognize that the answers you've been searching for are right inside your head. Good luck and let us know how things turn out.