In an article published by Chris Green for iNews, he found that a significant amount of patients with bipolar disorder in Scotland are regularly being prescribed antidepressants instead of lithium which has the potential to make the symptoms of bipolar worse. This article really hit home for me, I lived in the UK from birth until I was 24. I too was told I had depression when I was younger and prescribed Citalopram (an antidepressant) which by all means helped with my depression, however, unknowingly to me it was fuelling the mania in my bipolar. I had significant episodes of mania, spend thousands of pounds, lost thousands of pounds, got into heaps of trouble and went through so many different jobs.
Would my life be different today if the doctors back then looked at diagnosing me with bipolar, who knows, what I do know is there is no point looking to the past and instead enjoy what I have to look forward to.
Anyway just thought would add my two cents worth. The article is definitely worth a read. Link is below.
Quarter of bipolar patients in Scotland given wrong medication, study warns.Chris Green – iNews (link)