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I believe I may have bipolar II. Is it posssible to live a normal, healthy life without pharmaceutical tx if I accept this and live a life making decisions keeping in mind that I have this disorder? P.S. I am not a risk to myself or others.

Bipolar disorder involves

Bipolar disorder involves long periods of extreme moods. This means for months at a time you may be very depressed, and months at a time you may have too much energy. During these periods of extreme moods, you may feel very sad or even suicidal, or you may feel too much energy and end up getting into lots of trouble. When these things happen they severely affect your life, but they also affect the lives of your loved ones and those around you.

The best treatment for bipolar is medication, and although other types of treatment (therapy, good diet, exercise, etc.) can be helpful, it is usually not enough. Furthermore bipolar can be progressive, which means that each episode is worse than the one before. Therefore you should start medication right away to prevent any more episodes from occurring. Make sure you find a good psychiatrist as bipolar can be tricky to treat.

Best of luck,
Dr. Williams

Monnica T. Williams, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist specializing in OCD

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