... very good at taking pills and remembering to take them please help
There are so many meds available it is difficult to list them all. Unfortunately it is a trial and error ordeal because one size does not fit all, if you know what I mean. A pill that has to be taken once a day would be easist for you, but you still have to remember to take them. The antidepressants in the SSRI category are numerous. There are also many meds to help with bipolar mood swings. Without knowing your exact symptoms it is hard to suggest. Best to get with the doctor and have him/her review your specifics and try you on the appropriate medication(s).
First of all it's your pdoc who should be working with you to find the right meds/cocktail. We are not Dr.s, therefore, we cannot give you any such info. That being said, we can speak of our own experience.
There are so many out there, that I know your pdoc will find that combination.
Try not to be discouraged, as it does take time. I have been on many cocktails, was diagnosed 15years ago, therefore, I do feel your
If you have questions about certain meds, please post and we'll try to answer the best we know how.
Faith and hope will get you to where you want to be.
I think it depends on what type of bipolar you are -- type I or II. Type I experiences major depressive episodes and manic episodes that lasts longer than type II. Type II usually has major depressive episodes and short episodes of hypomania (a more mild mania). I don't know what your chemistry is or anything like that, but for type I Lithium has been very effective in treating the manic episodes and helps prevent future episodes. Lithium is usually taken with another mood stabilizer like Lamictal and sometimes atypical antipsychotics like Seroquel. I've been on a few different types of mood stabilizers and have personally found that Lamictal and Seroquel work for me (though i might be moved to Lithium soon). The medications I mentioned are definitely not the only options and you should talk with a psychiatrist about this as well. For type II I'd still recommend Lamictal (as it treats depression, mania, and hypomania) and would likely add on another mood stabilizer or atypical antipsychotic.
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