Learning to live with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder is not an easy thing to do.  You have to struggle with living as normal a life as possible within abnormal parameters.  Taking prescriptions is a daily occurrence for everyone with bipolar disorder, for instance, and knowing that you have to take medication for the rest of your life is something you have to accept without argument.  Not an easy thing to do.  Something else not an easy thing to do nor to accept is the fact that you have to see a psychiatrist for the rest of your life, too.  Not only do you have to see a psychiatrist, but you have to learn to trust your psychiatrist.


I’m not saying that this happens overnight.  It doesn’t.  For many people with bipolar disorder, it takes a long time, because what I’m speaking about is developing a relationship with your psychiatrist, and only time can help that to happen.  After all, your psychiatrist is in charge of prescribing your medications; you need him.  And you need him to prescribe the right medications, in the right dosages, to introduce medications and to end medications, to vary medications, etc. 


Your psychiatrist has to work with you in every area that pertains to your medications. That implies that he needs to get to know you, over time, as his patient, as you get to know him as your psychiatrist. So you have to learn to trust your psychiatrist in the area of medications, as well as in other areas that apply to your bipolar disorder.


Some people with bipolar disorder develop a great relationship with their psychiatrist right off the bat.  They even see him as they would a therapist, telling him about all the problems and issues they are facing in relation to their disorder.  In order to develop this level of relationship, however, it takes a deep and intimate level of trust.


Many people simply go to their psychiatrist for medication refills every few months, and leave the above-described type of relationship to their relationship with their therapist, whom they see more regularly and to whom they talk more frequently and deeply about their problems and the issues surrounding their bipolar disorder.


Those people who only go to see their psychiatrist for medication management may not have a very high trust level with them.  In fact, they may have a very shallow relationship with them altogether.  Over time, however, they can still learn to trust their psychiatrist.  As they learn that the psychiatrist is working for their good in the management of their medications and their bipolar disorder, the trust can build.


Whether in your health care system you just deal with a psychiatrist, who handles both your therapy and your prescriptions, or in your system you deal with both a psychiatrist who manages your prescriptions and a separate therapist who manages your other problems and mental health issues…whichever the case, the important thing is that you learn to trust your psychiatrist.