As with any (mental) illness, some require permanent medical care and management to live a full and healthy life while others are short term, acute illnesses or injuries that are cured and eventually heal and leave you alone. Bipolar disorder is most certainly the former. It is possible to get a fairly consistent medication regimen, but even so, there will always be occasions when they need to be tweaked to address a shift in mood that is above what the regimen of the moment can stabilize. The more experience a person has dealing with the illness the more easily they will learn to recognize the small (or large) shifts in mood and know that they need to talk to their doctor about how best to manage or monitor the shift. It comes with experience. More to come on this topic…

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