Our expert says:
Kitty has found a patch of sunlight, and is blissfully rolling around in it, thanks.
As for the friend --- cutting is part of a personality disorder, and not a natural or usual part of bipolar, and needs some psychological skills to bring under control. 37 tablets a day sounds frankly ridiculous, and I have never known a case in which that was a wise program. And control of bipolar disorder is usually achievable without such profound sedation. SOunds like she REALLY should see a different shrink for a second opinion. And yes, counselling to help her take charge of her life and her illness is very important, rather than leaving responsibility too much in the hands of the shrink and the pharmacist.
And though I understand Zexeon's point, sadly it is very posible for someone to end up on far too many meds. Some doctors make the huge mistake of seeing solutions in terms of nothing but meds, and respond to every symptom or situation, including side-effects of existing meds, by simply adding other meds. Those are docs to avoid.
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