posted on May, 20 2013 @ 09:04 PM
I am a somewhat new member here and in my intro post I mentioned that I am bipolar type 1. It just so happens that my meds have not been working up to
snuff, along with sub-par therapy sessions that I can only get into once every month or two, and therefore I have sought out a new treatment plan.
I started a program today called PHP (partial hospitalization program) at a facility about 20 minutes from my home. I am not an inpatient, but I am
there five days a week for eight hours a day. It's a three week program, followed by intensive outpatient care. I have two reasons for doing a thread
on this. First, I just thought it would be interesting to chronicle the process as it goes along so I have something to look back on when deciding if
it was a beneficial experience. Second, a lot of people here have very strong opinions about medication one way or the other. Mostly negative from
what I've heard so far, and one of the goals of this program is to get me down to the bare minimum of amount of medication possible. It's mostly
talk therapy and learning how to deal without having to be stoned throughout your whole day. So while I might not get of meds completely, I was very
excited to hear today that their goal for me is to go from five different meds (14 pills) a day, down to one medicine (2 pills) daily. I am someone
who firmly believes that society is way over medicated, so finding a program that goes against that trend is wonderful. I know some will only be
satisfied with no drugs at all, but I do believe this is a good start.
As far as my impressions of the program, everyone is nice, and the food is amazing. We had Chinese today for lunch. I really think this is a step in
the right direction, and if it works for me, maybe something like it can work for someone else on here with bipolar. The fewer drugs the better,
right? So I will update this thread daily and record my progress. As for anyone who might have bipolar and is currently taking a multitude of
medicines, I'm right there with you. But what they're trying me out on is Lamictal, and if it works it will be the only thing I have to take within
a few weeks. Look it up and ask your doc about it, and I will report on how it's doing on me.
Alright ATS, great talking with you. Have a wonderful night and I will see you tomorrow. And again, just for good measure, that's 5 meds down to 1.