Our expert says:
Caffeine has numerous effects, some of them convenient or desirable ; its not antidepressant as such, but in giving a boost in alertness and energy, may feel like one is less depressed, and may also usefully reduce the drowsy / sedative side effects some other meds may have.
If you truly have bipolar disorder, with, accordingly, a risk of getting too hyper and "high" a high caffeine intake may not be a good idea. And such "energy" drinks often contain other potential simulants and high sugar content, whoch make them nutritionally undesirable.
When you say you also indulge in risky behaviours ( unspecified ) when taking such drinks, surely its sheer common sense to avoid them ? Cut out the caffeine.
Sleeping with 3 men is of course a really bad idea, with numerous risks for you and others. It sounds as though there is much more than simple bipolar disorder at play here, with this dangrous atitude towards risk-taking, and this MUST be thoroughly discussed with your shrink ( surely you are seeing a shrink ? Such a complex situation must NEVBER be managed solely by a GP ).
Stop telling yourself that "I cant stop myself" - of course you can. The truth is that you haven't so far chosen to stop yourself. And there's nothing remotely "powerful" in being foolish and exposing oneself to needless risks - its genuinely powerful to control those urges and live wholesomely and healthily.
And dont use the excuse that " I can''t tell my psychiatrist about this because I feel so ashamed of this" -he will eventually notice what's going wrong, and will think badly of you for NOT telling him. He is trained to be non-judgemental and to prefer knowing what is actually happening, so that you and he can work together on solving the problems, rather than wasting his time and yours dealing with a false picture of reality. What's the point of seeing a surgeon and hiding the fact that you have a severe pain in your belly ?
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