I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH BIPOLAR DISORDER MANY YEARS AGO. I
Details about Ritalin and Clonazepam are explained below.
Hello dear and welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.
I understand your concern.
Ritalin is mainly used to treat hyperactivity disorders.
In bipolar disorder Ritalin can induce mania.
So, I agree with your last doctor who informed that Ritalin is not recommended in this condition due to side effects.
Clonazepam can be used in bipolar disorders as an additional treatment to reduce the anxiety that can inflict mood swings.
It can be used only when needed, so it is not intended for long-term use.
So, to conclude, I agree with the fact that both medications are not used to treat primarily bipolar disorder.
They should be used only under the supervision and when prescribed by a Psychiatrist for a short term use.
Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.