Our expert says:
It's really hard to be sure at this distance, Rozelle, and without far more details than you can provide over this forum. If this is a new diagnosis, and the start of treatment, then it does indeed sound like rather a lot to be starting with. But if it's a relatively old diagnosis and she has been receiving treatment from a psychiatrist for some time, it could be reasonable. Some people's bipolar disorder comes under useful control fairly easily and without needing more than a couple of drugs. Others, where there has been difficulty gaining control of the extreme mood swings, and where simpler treatment plans have not been sufficiently helpful, may indeed need several drugs.
Do, however, discuss your concerns directly with the prescribing / treating psychiatrist, who, if your daughter agrees to this, can explain the choice of meds and their advantages, risks and side-effects, with you as well as with her'
Some people describe unpleasant situations they may call brain shocks or zaps, when some of these drugs are reduced in dosage too rpidly, rather than gradually, is that possibly what might be happening here ? Has she reported this to her doc ?
Several of these meds could indeed cause one to feel tired and seadted at first, though one usually gets used to these side-effects after a week or so. How long has she been taking these meds ?
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