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February 10, 2007

What I do to help remember my meds.

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:04 pm

Another thing I do to help me remember is this. When I take the evening dose I pull-out the pills for the AM dose and put them on my keyboard above the function keys. It has become a habit and that is just the way I do it everyday. Now when I wake up in the morning the pills are waiting for me. If you see them then eat them, if you don’t you already ate them. Or if when I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder, “Did I take ’em?”, I can look at my keyboard and see if the AM dose is out there (then I did) or not (then I didn’t).

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Did I take my medication today?

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:03 pm

This is a question that comes up for mentally ill people more than you would think. This is a problem because of the obvious blood levels of the drugs changing but also from the stress of just trying to remember, “Did I or didn’t I?”. Here is one thing that I usually do. Let us assume that I take two pills in the morning and two pills at night. If it has been more than 4 hours after normal pill taking time or more than 4 hours before the next dose then I will take a half a dose, or one pill, when the question comes up. Then I take the regular dose at the next regular time. The result of this will be: 1)if I had taken my AM dose and forgotten I will have taken 125% of my medication for the day or 2) if I had skipped my AM dose, at the end of the day I will have taken 75% of my recommended daily dosage. And 3) no stress about forgetting.

The best indicatior for a bipolar persons recevory

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:02 pm

Sorry but for the most part this is out of your control. How your family accepts and deals with your illness. Is there a history of mental illness in your family tree? They may be hiding in your family tree, it’s not uncommon. If they are out, are they refractory, non-compliant, self-medicating or alcoholic? If a family is supportive and gets some therapy and professional input on how to cope with a relative as moody as you are, then your chances of a more successful recovery dramatically increase. If your family is not the ideal group to help you through this illness then it is up to you to add to your support system. Choosing friends that understand or at least have some compassion about what you are going through, will be more important than anything else.

Bipolar tip #1

Filed under: Bipolar, Tip — Bipolar Bob @ 10:01 pm

Get a good therapist and work with them. to be continuted there is a lot to say about this subject. It’s the main focus of this whole blog for me.

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