Bipolar Story Posted March 11, 2011
I have been diagnosed since 1988 with bipolar. I have trouble sleeping. Have tried all the sleep medications that are monetarily available to me. My doctors do not seem to think sleeping 2-4 hours a day is dangerous for my mental health. I also have PTSD due to childhood problems when this sleeplessness started. I have tried Ambien 10mg 3 pills get an hour and a half of sleep and Clonazepam (Klonopin generic) for 2 hours sleep. My doctors feel that all the sleep medications are addictive. How can they be addictive when you cannot sleep with them let alone afford the ones that do work?
Psychiatrists do not take my bipolar manias seriously. I am often up for 2-3 days and at that point I am in such a state I could scream. I inherited my bipolar and, as one semi-concerned doctor said, I can expect my bipolar to get worse the older I get. To sleep is my goal. To stop the mania. I am best controlled by Neurontin, but my Part D will not give it to me as there is no proof that it helps bipolar mania. Would some psychiatrist out there be brave and write a paper. But doctors are out for only themselves, not the good for the patients.
My world is hard to live in. I’m usually in manic state rather than the depression part.
Anyone with any ideas, please post them here.