You should see a neurologist for a consultation about the long term effects of a traumatic brain injury. They would use the same medications but in different dosages. Even if you weren't diagnosed then you could be now. This agency could help:
Thank you. We had thought of that at the time, but the neurologist I saw when we first moved here was a weirdo. I saw an (alleged) cranio-facial specialist. Turned out to be a glorified dentist and he wanted to do strange things like botox injections. It didn't feel right to me and I never went back. Maybe I could arrange a visit with my old neurologist back in Texas. He was a good guy and a good doctor. Thanks.
Anger and aggression are part of "mania" in bipolar and mood stabilizers and/or anti-psychotics are meant to help with this. The fact that you have also had a head injury does mean that it shouldn't just be accepted as being part of your BP. As ILAdvocate has said a visit to a neurologist to investigate would be a good idea to be absolutely sure.
Therapy is a good idea to work alongside any medication, anger management, cognitive behaviour therapy for instance - your psychiatrist and/or neurologist should be able to advise you on this.
All the best.
Thank you. We'll get on that. Choices are limited here, but I am going to check if my old neurologist is still in practice. Kill two birds with one stone by doing it when I visit family.
Let us know how you get on. :-)
I was looking through some papers a minute ago and was reminded that the psychiatrist I see is also a neurologist. In fact, that is why I was referred to him. It got lost in the fog.
So, I apologize for making this post. I had completely forgotten that he was board certified in both psychiatry and neurology.
I'm totally embarrassed. He and I have discussed the lingering effects of the head injury, but somehow I had blanked on the fact he is qualified to treat this. I guess I won't be going to Dallas after all. I can't believe I forgot this. When I say my memory is bad, well it just gets worse every day. Obviously. And, a lot of that is from the head injury, which makes this kinda funny in a sick sort of way. Thanks ya'll for being helpful and patient with me. He wants to treat bipolar first, then we'll prioritize whatever is left...
Hey, no need for apologies!!!
Just glad that you have someone who can deal with both things and saves a lot of travelling!