2 thoughts on “Bipolar Disorder and the Elderly

  • February 13, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Thank you for your article. I think it is essential that we remember the mental health of our elders. They are especially vulnerable due to an even more self-reliant cultural perspective and because they are often on medications for other illnesses. What can a person with Parkinson’s safely take? How will a med interact with a heart condition? How can we incorporate exercise when mobility or pain are issues? how do we maintain good nutrition when dependent upon meals-on-wheels or relatives?

    I live in a state with a high suicide rate and low mental health access. Our culture of independence is killing us. Lack of research is making interventions difficult to say the least. All my grandparents suffered dementia, so I have always kept an eye on my parents mental health. I have a deep anxiety knowing that my father considers suicide an honorable end to incurable suffering. Thank you for shining a light on why my parent’s doctors have not been more assertive about depression. Thank you for reminding me that depression and dementia are not the only warning signs I need to watch for, mood swings and mania need to be on the list as well.

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  • January 4, 2020 at 12:45 am

    To find a successful drug combination to treat my bipolar symptoms took over 1 year. I remember how miserable I was during that year as my doctor tried x + y, then x-y +z, , etc., to help control my symptoms. We finally found one and have changed it numerous times over the past 20 years.
    Many of the medications are fairly new. No long term studies of individuals on these meds continuously., or in combination with others, have been done.
    I wonder if my Lamictal will cause early dementia or stop working altogether. I have tried to be kind to my poor liver all these years, bombarded with meds to metabolize. As we age, our bodies do not function as well as when we are young. Will my liver live long enough to continue to metabolize my medications as it does now? Will I need more or less of a drug? Will side effects increase?
    Most of my questions are unanswerable.
    I’m young enough to want to prepare for the future, but I’m not sure where to look for answers or if there are any answers.

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