I Was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1992 after the birth of my second daughter, Sophia. Presently, I am in therapy, but have successfully taken myself off medication.
I was hospitalized three times in Payne-Whitney, the psychiatric wing of New York Hospital (…by the way, if you ever NEED to go to the nut house, Payne-Whitney IS the place to… ) and originally prescribed lithium as well as some other drugs to treat the condition.
After being on lithium for a couple of years, my prescription was changed to valproic acid because the lithium was attacking my kidneys. I remember that at one point I couldn’t even keep down water!
In posting this, I hope that my story will help to bring some light to the treatment of the condition…