... hope on my last option, I don't want it to let me down n my family also. I just want to feel normal. I need something positive and need encouragement instead of being labeled crazy or druggie trying to get my fix, I just wanted to feel normal and have tried begged any1 to help, been to prob 60 drs n more less I was drug seeking, I do have anemia n vit b12 so low. Ty to any1 who can help, this bipolar is nothing no1 good imagine :(
Are you seeing a psychiatrist? That is who you need to be treated by. I have seen many people do very well on lithium in my 50 yrs of nursing. No one should label you as anything. If you aren't treated right, you self medicate. Being bi-polar can make you miserable. You need to be treated and appropriately. Just so you don't feel too alone, I'm subject to depression and have been for many years. Early on I was taking amitriptyline. My husband called me a drug addict and said I was no good. People don't understand these disorders and react ignorantly. You can try to get them educated about it, sometimes it works.
I have taken that drug, it did'nt help me... I have been labeled as bipolar 2 not sure of the differerants. now I'm major depressed have been for must my adult life. I'm 51 now. still a constant battle for me. I feel like I'm riding a wave... I lever out sometimes, but I go down in the dumps most day's. I find that meds alone will not work well, but with the right talk therapy I find that I feel a lot better than the meds could ever make me feel. I think it is because you need someone to understand you, listen to you give you positive feed back. it goes a long way. don't give up, don't feel that you are letting anyone down... this is a desease... and you will have to get help.in order to deal with it because you will probabaly have to live with this for a long time to come... I will keep you in my thoughts. please don't give up... I'm pretty much like you. and believe me I'm dealing with it on a daily bases. hang in there! Bamboos,
I have been on lithium for about two years now. I take 1200mg a day in conjunction with clonazapam and sertraline. I noticed an immediate difference the first day, then it took about a week for it to kick in fully. I haven't had any issues with it when I keep hydrated. I'm very happy with the combo I was given. Lithium is different for everyone though. I have bipolar mix and had been on multiple medications previously to lithium. It seems to have been the only one to keep me even. Talk to your doctor more about it, as it seems to be a last resort medication. Hope this helps a bit.
Hi holler girl,
I have been on Lithium along with magnetic for 6 years. I had trembling for months then it went away. On lithium you need to get bloodwork done to check your kidneys and your thyroid also for hypothyroid. Some people are fine but I became hypothyroid and take synthesis to balance my thyroid. Besides that the lithium is a miracle med for me because nothing was helping me major depression.
So go ahead and try it with your psychiatrist approval. Keep a log of side effects for yourself and doc too.
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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