Our expert says:
Just remember that part of a Bipolar Disorder is a potentially stubborn chemical imbalance that may go out of balance due to chemical influences beyond your control, and these may be best dealt with by using mood-stabilizing chemicals. But the difference now may be that you can by recognizing early stages of a mood swing, use the drugs to keep you in control rather than letting the chemistry take over. Fortunately, one does not get addicted to mood stabilizers or antipsychotics --- its a bit like diabetes. A wise diabetic learns to control his diet and blood sugar levels, and uses insulin or other meds to achieve this --- he is never addicted to insulin, but may still need to use it long-term.
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