“I have bipolar disorder, and have tried 20 different medications. Some of them have horrible side effects that are hard to deal with and disrupt daily life, like weight gain, muscle twitching, hot flashes, and excessive sleepiness. But unmanaged bipolar disorder is also really difficult to live with.
Now that I’ve found the right medications (that are effective for me and have minimal side effects), my mood is relatively stable and I’m able to study, work, and maintain a social life again. While I don’t like taking medication every day, and I don’t like the idea of doing this forever, I am grateful that I can function healthily now.”