You should ask your psychiatrist or Dr. Goldberg. I've taken lithium since 1983. Lithium has a half-life of 5 days so requires little if any weaning. It is a natural element given as a salt generally. Going off it can cause a rebound manic episode and people who go off it risk the chance of it not working it they choose to resume it later. I'd suggest you consult your doctor and work to have another anti-mania agent in place before the lithium completely leaves your system. DavidView Thread
There is a semi-epidemic of low D3 in the US especially in those areas north of St.Louis. This deficiency can cause depression, mood swings, fatigue plus migrating pains, stiffness, headaches. Many people low in D3 get diagnosised with everything from bipolar to fibromialgia. Often a course of at least 50,000 units a week is given to get you up to levels, then 2000 units a day plus calcium which is necessary for your body to assimulate the D3. Your body can't use the D3 without even accompanying calcium. If your Vitamin D3 has been low for some time, a bone density test may be called for to see if your body has been leeching the calcium from your bones to a dangerous level. DavidView Thread
Good to hear you've gotten a good diagnosis. Studies show 50% of those diagnosis with bipolar in the last 10 years were faulty. Too many people got meds for conditions helped mostly by talk therapy and vise versa. Nice to know some docs have it in them to reassess when their treatments don't produce results. And you are so right, loads of advances always. DavidView Thread
I walk down the street. ... There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost ... I am helpless. It isn't my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don't see it. I fall in again. I can't believe I am in the same place. But it isn't my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in ... it's a habit. My eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
~ Portia Nelson ~ (There's a Hole in My Sidewalk)View Thread
I find that catching and correcting myself as small changes in my norm appears keeps me from ever getting close to an episode. being with people who understand your norm and giving them permission to tell you whenever I act in a manner that is out of character for me, keeps me on track. Therapy has been very helpful in educating me concerning tatics I can use to bring myself back whenever my energy levels begin to dip or rise inappropriately. With the knowledge of that ability to control using coping strategies, medication and, for me especially, sleep and lifestyle routines, I can participate confidently in all aspects of my life. DavidView Thread
Bipolar is not easily correctly diagnosed by all but trained psychiatrists and even than those who do not work with bipolar consumers may not be fully knowledgable of advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Bipolar generally reaches a treatment point by the early 20s - men generally have easier to diagnosis manic episodes in the beginning, while women may have years of incorrectly diagnosed depression, but bipolar hinges on manic episodes or hypomanic which is much more difficult to discern. Symptoms of bipolar 2 coincide with the symptoms of many disorders and dietary difficiencies not to mention reaction life events. To correctly know if a person is exhibiting symptoms gravely unlike their norm requires experience and knowledge. Discounting all other reasons for your symptoms takes a great degree of understanding. I hope you are being treated by an experienced psychiatrist and if not seek one to insure your diagnosis and medications are the correct match. No medications work 100% but long-term remission can occur when medications are matched with cognitive therapy and pro-active lifestyle routines. DavidView Thread
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