Hi, I’m bipolar bear. It would be awesome to show up and hang out with you guys, so it would be great if you would give me a hand here.
For citizens of the United States, on the visa application it asks:
Have you ever been afflicted with a communicable disease of public health significance such as AIDS, a dangerous
physical or mental disorder, or been a drug abuser or addict?
Well, I certainly don’t have a dangerous mental disorder, unless talking your ear off counts. And I’m on lithium now, so even that should be stomped out soon entirely or at least to an extent. I’m aware that I should just lie and say that I don’t have any mental health issues, but here are some things that I do need to know…things that determine if I move to Taiwan or not, in fact.
1. Lithium requires bloodwork multiple times per year in order to prevent lithium toxicity. And, if Taiwan is anything like the United States when it comes to bloodwork, it will take a doctor to prescribe that bloodwork. Can I be seen by a doctor in Taiwan for bipolar disorder, get bloodwork done without leaving the island and still keep my (student) visa intact?
2. Would it be a good idea to bring a couple years worth of lithium at a time and fill up when I go home, or is it okay to just fill up on the island?