How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Elliott, LPCC, NCC Your Own Question

Elliott, LPCC, NCC
Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7662
Experience:  35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
Type Your Mental Health Question Here...
Elliott, LPCC, NCC is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

From what I have read it seems most people with bipolar disorder

Customer Question

From what I have read it seems most people with bipolar disorder seem to have to change medications quite frequently. Something works for awhile and then stops. Is this the norm?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Elliott, LPCC, NCC replied 1 year ago.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Seeking expert counseling is a sign of strength. A personal relationship with a caring professional is proven clinically effective.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

There are many meds and combinations of meds that psychiatrists use for treating bipolar disorder from mood stabilizers to antipsychotics to anticonvulsants and antidepressants.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

It is very often a trial and error technique, and sometimes it takes a lot of experimentation to find the right mix and the best dosages. A skilled psychiatrist may still have to experiment but can usually find the best mix and then will have the patient stabilized and will continue on the same drug or cocktail of drugs.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Some drugs seem to work for awhile, but then there is a relapse and the doctor will either increase the dose or move on to something else.

Customer:

Are there enough choices to get a 28 year old through a lifetime since it doesn't seem there will ever be a cure

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Absolutely. There are a great number of antipsychotics - the older ones and the new ones (atypical, they are called), several mood stabilizers, and a variety of anticonvulsants (antiepileptic drugs).

Customer:

I sure wish there could be a cure for this for my son and all the other people who deal with this disease but I guess I should be grateful for the medications although they certainly have some bad side effects

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

During my internship my supervisor was a psychiatrist and was often adjusting dosages, or he would say "if it ain[t broke don't fix it. This very psychiatrist himself has bipolar disorder, was under the care of another psychiatrist, and was on the same mixture for years.

Customer:

Oh, that is encouraging, thanks

Customer:

I think since my son had a manic episode with psychosis, he is bipolar 1 , the more difficult one to treat

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

The psychiatrists must monitor the side effects (often facial tics) before they become problematic. They are all aware of these possible complications and have other drugs they can give to ameliorate problems before they happen.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Sometimes either can be treated with the same ease or difficulty. Each case is different.

Customer:

That is good to know. Right now my son is trying 100 mg of Seroquel at bedtime. Apparently it will take a few weeks to work but so far he thinks he likes it. He was a bit manic this week but was able to recognize this and get in touch with reality

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

He is so fortunate to have you being is guardian angel and looking out for him.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

The Seroquel will make him very sleepy.

Customer:

Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX a wonderful person and it hurts to see him deal with this but hopefully this will feel better in time. It is such a shock. Yes the Seroquel is making him sleep which is good since before the manic episode he didn't sleep for four days

Customer:

Thanks for your support, it is helping me so very much as I learn to cope with this situation

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

He will begin to stabilize as he gets used to the medications and he learns to function at a normal level, without the mania driving him at high speed.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Don't let yourself become ill with anxiety over this. He will normalize and you will take this more and more in your stride. I see you calming some in the last couple of days.

Customer:

I will be so happy to see that. It was also difficult to watch him go through the depressed state before starting this medication but at least now he knows that it ended after one week. I hope he doesn't have to have long periods of depression. Yes, I am beginning to feel better. It is difficult because my mother suffered from depression and dellusions and the outcome was not good. At least she was fifty when it happened, better than 28 . I will now give you an excellant rating.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

I am so happy to help. May God bless you and your family and heal your son.

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Warm regards,

Elliott, LPCC, NCC :

Elliott

Customer:

Thanks so much

Elliott, LPCC, NCC, Psychotherapist
Category: Mental Health
Satisfied Customers: 7662
Experience: 35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
Elliott, LPCC, NCC and 2 other Mental Health Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
< Last | Next >
  • I can go as far as to say it could have resulted in saving my sons life and our entire family now knows what bipolar is and how to assist and understand my most wonderful son, brother and friend to all who loves him dearly. Thank you very much Corrie Moll Pretoria, South Africa
  • I thank-you so much! It really helped to have this information and confirmation. We will watch her carefully and get her in for the examination and US right away if things do not improve. God bless you as well! Claudia Albuquerque, NM
  • Outstanding response time less than 6 minutes. Answered the question professionally and with a great deal of compassion. Kevin Beaverton, OR
  • Suggested diagnosis was what I hoped and will take this info to my doctor's appointment next week.
    I feel better already! Thank you.
    Elanor Tracy, CA
  • Thank you to the Physician who answered my question today. The answer was far more informative than what I got from the Physicians I saw in person for my problem. Julie Lockesburg, AR
  • You have been more help than you know. I seriously don't know what my sisters situation would be today if you had not gone above and beyond just answering my questions. John and Stefanie Tucson, AZ
  • I have been dealing with an extremely serious health crisis for over three years, and one your physicians asked me more questions, gave me more answers and encouragement than a dozen different doctors who have been treating me!! Janet V Phoenix, AZ
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/Dr.Keane/2013-8-20_204325_drkeane.64x64.jpg Dr. Keane's Avatar

    Dr. Keane

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1262
    Clinical Psychology PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor with experience in marriage/family, teens and child psychology.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RE/resolutions66/2011-1-17_05728_IMG8202smilingeditedforJustAnswer.64x64.jpg Elliott, LPCC, NCC's Avatar

    Elliott, LPCC, NCC

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    5024
    35 years of experience as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, National Certified Counselor and a college professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/formybunch/2010-12-06_191055_img_0975.jpg Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC's Avatar

    Kate McCoy, M.Ed, NBCC, LPC

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    3733
    Over 20 years experience specializing in anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol, and relationship issues.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DR/DrAkiraOlsen/2012-2-20_746_AkiraADpicmain.64x64.jpg Dr. Olsen's Avatar

    Dr. Olsen

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2336
    PsyD Psychologist
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/norriem/2009-5-27_134249_nm.jpg Norman M.'s Avatar

    Norman M.

    Psychotherapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2193
    UK trained in hypnotherapy, counselling and psychotherapy and have been in private practice. ADHP(NC), DEHP(NC), UKCP Registered and ECP.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PsychologyProf/2010-07-15_171248_logos060400409.jpg Dr. Michael's Avatar

    Dr. Michael

    Psychologist

    Satisfied Customers:

    2177
    Licensed Ph.D. Clinical Health Psychology with 30 years of experience in private practive and as a clinical psychology university professor.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/KURTEMMERLING/2010-07-23_215531_just_ask_picture1.jpg Steven Olsen's Avatar

    Steven Olsen

    Therapist

    Satisfied Customers:

    1727
    More than twenty years of expertise in counseling, psychological diagnosis and education