Our expert says:
Its excellent for people to be emotionally supportive and generally helpful when one has any sort of health problem. But you really shouldn't listen to the advice of your pals about what meds to take or whether to take them - unless they are at least as fully qualified as doctors as the doc who advised you and wrote your prescription.
And with most of these meds, they would be USELESS unless you took them in the right doses and at the right times - they don't have any benefits just taken now and then. If you have bipolar disorder and have not been taking the poper meds at the proper doses, etc, you do indeed run a real and higher risk of another episode. But taking just a bit of the meds only occasionally is of no value or protection whatever. Either opt in and try the proper treatment in the proper way, and give it a year of so to show what it can do ( that's because the episodes are not so common as to let a treatment show benefits in a month or two )- or stay off them and keep your fingers crossed.
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