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Unhappy I have bipolar disorder. - June 8th 2010, 08:53 AM

I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 15 years old. This is when I was still on my mother's insurance so I was able to take my meds. When she died when I was 17, I got taken off insurance so I couldn't afford them, but when I turned 18 and was out on my own, I got insurance back. Now I'm 19 and was taken off again because I'm 19 and a childless adult so I'm expected to have a paying job with insurance benefits. I don't currently have that, I work online. I was wondering if you guys know of anything I can do to be able to afford my meds again? I've been kind of flying off the hook without them.



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Re: I have bipolar disorder. - June 8th 2010, 11:53 AM

Being in Canada I don't know the American policies but in either country it's complex beyond belief. Are there any programs for financial assistance for paying your meds given a psychiatrist's assessment that you do need them for proper functioning in society? If not, you could try some herbal remedies, such as Hyoscyamus niger for the behaviours (poisonous plant so get a doctor specialized to tell you how to use it), Tarentula spiders for the restlessness, omega-3 in diets rich in fish have shown to reduce depression and also mood changes (easiest to use, just buy and eat more fish and the gray fish fat) and St. John's Wort as a plant for the depressive episodes (maybe for the mania not sure) but is for mild only so may not work if yours is more severe. These are all homeopathic remedies, I'm unsure on the costs of any of them so you'd need to find that out.

I do know though that some users on TH do use St. John's Wort for depression, bipolar, other mood disorders and certain symptoms of borderline personality disorder. It'd be either in the Mental Health section, General Health section or the Substance section, but use the search feature and you'll find some stuff on here so you can talk to those who had/have it as part of their treatment. I know of some users but I'm not going to give out their names.
   
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