Mike's Story: Success CAN happen

Mike's Story: Success CAN happen
I had suffered from seizure disorder since I was 15. I am 59 years old now. In 1989 my neurologist did an MRI scan and found a tumour in the right temporal lobe of my brain. It was a sizable tumour and he decided that surgery was in order. In 1990 the surgery took place and during the surgery he also removed the focus of my epilepsy in the centre of my brain. I was released within 10 days of the surgery. Thankfully the tumour was non-malignant. 
 
I suffered from severe depression following the surgery. I had two suicide attempts following the month after the surgery. My neurologist placed in the psych ward for 30 days to figure out what was causing the depression. The staff tried numerous medications to alleviate the depression. At first none had any effect until they introduced Lithium with positive effects. My depression lifted. They declared that I must be a victim of bipolar disorder.
 
They released me a week later under the care of a really good psychiatrist who saw me on a weekly basis. She worked closely with the neurologist and increased my level of Carbamazepine which acted as a mood stabilizer and an anti-epileptic drug. I stayed on Lithium for many years as well as the Carbamazepine. Valproic acid was also introduced into my system. I don't suffer from depression any more. 
 
To this day, what I suffer from the most is the mania of bipolar illness and insomnia. My new psychiatrist won't prescribe a sleep medication because he says that I may become over medicated. So I take an over the counter sleep aid. It works great when I remember to take it. I'm not as compliant as I should be. I also go to a bipolar support group every Wednesday evening for moral support and to share my positive experience. I tell people to keep in constant communication with their psychiatrist and informing them about unwanted side effects asking for a change in medication. There are no magic pills out there. Everyone reacts differently to medications. No two people are the same. Often it's a case of trial & error when it comes to getting on the right cocktail of medications. Time is a healer. Success CAN happen.
Thank you Mike for sharing your story!

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