I was diagnosed with bi-polar in 1976. I had awful experiences of psychiatric hospitals in Newcastle. I moved to The Lakes in 1996 where I had empathy & care at the Beacon Unit, Penrith, under the guidance of one of the best psychiatrist's I have met, Dr. Bert Laszlo. I left Cumbria in 2007 & returned to my roots in Longbenton, Newcastle. I have continuing care here with an eminent consultant & a cpn who I trust. Regarding medication, I find taking lithium in the morning stops me going to the loo alot at night & cuts out my water intake.
Short link to review Dr Bert Laszlo: http://iwgc.net/eelmz