Can anyone help me understand this illness. He has lived away from home for 6 years. He has to take 900 milligram of lithium, starting tomorrow, I am scared for him. Any help out there for this distraught Mom? Thanks.
I am 49 y/o, suffer from Bipolar disorder and with the proper medications and treatment I lead a "normal" life, I work, was married, have children and feel good about myself, there are good and bad days, just like any "normal" person has.
Bipolar disorder, formerly called manic depression, is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression).
When you become depressed, you may feel sad or hopeless and lose interest or pleasure in most activities. When your mood shifts to mania or hypomania (less extreme than mania), you may feel euphoric, full of energy or unusually irritable. These mood swings can affect sleep, energy, activity, judgment, behavior and the ability to think clearly.
Episodes of mood swings may occur rarely or multiple times a year. While most people will experience some emotional symptoms between episodes, some may not experience any.
Although bipolar disorder is a lifelong condition, you can manage your mood swings and other symptoms by following a treatment plan. In most cases, bipolar disorder is treated with medications and psychological counseling (psychotherapy).
More info: https://www.drugs.com/mcd/bipolar-disorder
- Lithium Information for Consumers
- Lithium Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Lithium (detailed)
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