Our expert says:
Hi Twig ! Right ! And I care FAR too much about you to deliberately give you bad advice ! Now, Bipolar is a wide church, and though there are obviously some similarities in specific aspects of the disorder, people with Bipolar Disorder are in other ways very different from each other --- just like people who all have ingrown toenails, or measles. Now, your brother sounds as though he has had a much more serious and difficult form of Bipolar Disorder. It would be very understandable if you wanted to convince yourself that you are NOt "like him" or likely to go the way he has gone. You're not like him, nor likely to go the same way, even if you also have bipolar disorder ( it does tend to run in families ). But stopping your meds against medical advice would INCREASE the risk no merely of a relapse but of a bad outcome, more like him ; rather than improving your chances of managing far better than he.
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