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So, will I know? - January 13th 2010, 04:54 AM

Just two days ago I was diagnosed as bipolar I, and I was given medication.
Then I was thinking about it today, and how do I know if the medication is working? I know how to tell if it's not working, like if I have an episode I know it's not working. But if I don't have an episode how do I know if it's working or if I'm just between episodes.
That might sound confusing, but I can't think of another way to describe it. Anybody know what I mean?

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Re: So, will I know? - January 13th 2010, 09:12 AM

Your question of whether the medication is working is actually a pretty tricky question to answer as it depends on what you mean. The medication is caused changes in your body BUT those changes will not affect the symptoms you are experiencing until more time has passed. I'm not sure which medication you're on but anti-depressants work when given and they alter neurochemistry and physiology. However, it takes about 2 weeks after the initial taking of the medication for the symptoms to begin to be altered. The number 2 weeks isn't set in stone as it varies from person-to-person but remains generally around that time. If you experience an episode now (i.e. day of taking it), then that doesn't mean that the medication is ineffective, it means the medication hasn't began to reduce your symptoms to a degree you'll notice. If after, say a month of taking it and you still get episodes during that month, then either you need to adjust the dose or rather, the psychiatrist needs to adjust the dose and have you comply or change the medication.
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