Melissa Karrh speaks about Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, that's another thing totally.

They're actually my favorite patients. They're interesting, and I feel for them. It runs in my family, and I've had a few family members. One was an RN who dealt with it and lived in our local state hospital for 20 years. She went in, in her 50s. But it's. It's all about the neurotransmitters keeping you awake. Are you down this week? Are you up too high this week? Did you spend $10,000 on records on eBay this week? They really do stuff like that, buy cars. They're hypersexual most of the time. They get delusions, they get paranoid, and it's so hard for them. But all the medicines that we use now have less side effects. Thank goodness we're making great strides with that. Also.

Now the ones that are the hardest to treat are the depressed bipolar patients. It's hard to get them built up, because if you build them up and try to get rid of the depression so much that you stimulate them, so it's a fine line that you walk with them always. It's always a family crisis. I mean, think about the financial burden. Like I said, going out and spending $9,000 on records. At least they can sell them and get them back, but it will take time. Buying new cars, trying to get that car to go back and getting the money back or just giving money away or just doing foolish things all the time. $1,000 here, $1,000 there.

It really bothers the family situation financially, and me, mentally, also trying to keep up with what they're doing. Where are they at? What have they been doing? And then trying to, if they're the depressed type, trying to get them up, trying to get them motivated. A lot of families just give up to when those bridges are burned. And it's hard. It's really hard on everybody.