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-- all over the health -- I'm Dr.
Bipolar disorder is a serious illness.
That can be extremely debilitating.
But there are ways to overcome it joining me now is a woman who's going does that.
The wonderful talent that actress Jennifer Lewis a thank you -- idea some good adore you work a story.
-- doing Q and now Wendy would you diagnosed with bipolar -- -- In the early ninety's.
But it took my fare is five years to convince me to get on medication.
I was in denial about and I was afraid it would take my age are you know my comedic.
Self I didn't want to -- You know actually were more concerned about he had -- little gifts but.
-- -- find out it made me better.
In every way now do you recognize any of the symptoms of bipolar disorder most definitely but I didn't know what it was at first in my youth but as I grew older.
Things would happen like there was a death in the family my grief -- -- -- Wyoming you see with this disease weeks.
The highs in the -- -- extremely.
So whereas one person which is grief.
We would fall out and stay depressed for months sometimes weeks.
Sometimes longer than that and then you had you had the high and then there's the -- where you all the spin that you speed in the car these warning signals that your.
Having a manic episode you know loud you're always -- -- and there's always something wrong you live in drama.
A lot of folks that that have this.
You know the -- -- disorder.
Tend to hide in there there's symptoms most Whiting who come out.
By feel experienced enough that I can't now say to people.
It is -- Now what are you doing to manage it today I am one medication.
And -- -- there he wants a week.
I eat healthy you don't you don't if not perfect it's not -- that that the medication is not a -- perfect now.
It's work life his work.
But I stay in that -- -- do you think that the medications help and then all most definitely now what -- support system come into play because I know you have a big support system friends family.
Well I have a lot of people that -- to a brighter tomorrow who helped me a lot not also my family.
And my fringe you know you affect everybody around you when you're so depressed or -- sole -- -- out of patrol with that reckless behavior.
But yes I had some people whom I respect.
That said Jennifer -- Something might be wrong sweetie.
You don't come out of your room so this of course is why you think is important is it too because it -- it helps you with the therapy.
What he just makes you more aware of what's going on your body what do you if you there are living with this is with this disorder.
Everything you touch your relationship with your love your fridge your husband your mother -- -- -- -- -- Brothers.
Everybody is affected and so if they love -- if you love somebody.
Tell them this disease is manageable and it is treatable.
And even if you have to take them.
To the doctor's appointment now I gotta tell you probably by the -- to come a doctor.
Do do you think that a lot of physicians know how to properly diagnosed bipolar disorder.
Because I think that there's a lot of title -- I don't know I don't think it's easy I don't think I think that the patient and the doctor.
Have to really have patients.
Were all different.
You have that that it's -- process.
This is a lifelong journey this is not.
One visit to the positions off -- are psychiatrists office this is not one visit this is going there.
Doing the work telling the truth.
-- the root issues of what's going -- doctor you know.
I'm a firm believer that we have a right.
To pursue happiness.
And whatever you have to do.
To say yes to life to be alive in the living C.
I had a dream.
That I had a passion for life.
And not my this order was not going to keep me from that success.
In my friend.
I am successful.
Knock on wood from about those sixty motion pictures -- a 120 television -- I've raised the sale at all that's right I've raised the thought I adopted a little girl.
That I was from mentor in the -- just -- -- by the program.
Her mother got multiple sclerosis and I adopted -- she's twenty years old now third -- college is not perfect but I -- the key now let me ask you questions.
How do we what do we what do we need to tell the public out there about this disorder I want eggs -- -- get you know something that we can tell them.
Recognizes symptoms and get help anywhere they're not getting the right -- we know where to go -- what do we tell the public how do we educate the -- What you do is first of all you have to recognize.
If you are living.
Latin depression and -- it may -- -- that tells you something's wrong.
-- you're not able to hold your job you eat your your relationships you're fighting all the time.
And then once you know that seek help you can go it's as simple as pushing a button on the computer golden bridge to a brighter tomorrow dot com.
And seek help.
Tell you -- fringe Europe relatives everybody I think I got a problem.
Help me out here -- a white -- what I'd seek help.
Treatment is different.
Have the patience to get on the -- -- you all levels.
-- levels of milligrams you see it's not an easy process that is what nothing is easy and didn't stick to it.
-- god thank you so much for joining you today thank you for the wonderful words of wisdom.
On your new show -- don't forget you know you out there you know -- he has -- racial.
And if you have any health -- you wanna talk about.
Until next time about that.
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