Ugh doctors

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It is clear to me I don’t know the difference between normal feelings and mania. This weekend I thought I might be manic. But when I went to the psych dr today she thought it sad a stable mood since i’m getting sleep. It makes me kinda sad I don’t know the difference but I think she’s right.

The ugh part in the title is she said I want manic then said I could try lithium. I don’t get manic often so not sure I want to try it. I think it’s a miracle worker but very harsh right? Like your hair falls out which mine already has and you need constant blood work or am I wrong? I’m happy to get feedback on it if you have an opinion.

On the plus side I kept my klonopin. So worry averted.

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13 thoughts on “Ugh doctors

    ashleyleia said:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:45 am

    My side effects from lithium are dry mouth and tremor, and it probably contributes to my weight gain (but then so do my other meds). For me the side effects have definitely been worth it for the benefit I’ve gotten. Bloodwork is more frequent when you’re initially trying to get stabilized on the right dose, but then much less often. I usually get mine done a couple times a year.

    Revenge of Eve said:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Your doctor is suggesting lithium for you to be manic?? I got confused there. Yes, lithium requires a lot of blood work management. You should read Ashley’s newly published book about pharamacology. It really breaks down all of the medication and their side effects as well as how they work. You can read it for free on Kindle unlimited or you can purchase it by going to her site. Mania feels like ecstasy. All of your senses are heightened, you do not sleep, you feel bullet proof and unfuckable with…lol. It is very harsh on our bodies because of what follows, the depression. Be glad you are not experiencing it because while it feels great in the moment, its down fall is traumatic. It sounds like to me, a non-professional, you may be experiencing rapid cycling. I found when I would rapid cycle I wouldn’t be fully manic or completely depressed rather on the lower scale of each, all the time.

      socialworkerangela responded:
      February 11, 2019 at 1:54 pm

      I think it’s too stabilize my mood as she said I could try lithium but I am already on a mood stabilizer… I guess I thought it had too many side effects to try it so I didn’t ask questions. What’s the book called? I have kindle unlimited currently

        Revenge of Eve said:
        February 11, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        Psych meds made simple

    D said:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:53 am

    It works for me but I’m now very heat intolerant. I start to get woozy in hot buildings or really hot weather. I have bloods done every 3 months. Compared to the alternatives I’ve tried (like rispiridon which gave me tackyardia), it helps. But then I’m on two other stabilization drugs to which has literally taken years to get right. If you don’t mind needle’s every week while you start it’s worth a shot in my opinion.

      D said:
      February 11, 2019 at 11:55 am

      And no my hair hasn’t fallen out, never heard that before in relation to lithium.

      socialworkerangela responded:
      February 11, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Hmmm I will see how I do at new old job if I have issues regulating I’ll think about it. It just didn’t make sense as she said I was acting too her normal or stable why suggest it? Then I never ask the right questions until it’s over ugh

        D said:
        February 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm

        Well it’s prescribed to me as ‘mood’ stabilizer, not anti-manic wonder pill as such. Even the olazapine I take is used for mood stabilization though it’s primary purpose is to treat mania on script. Everyone is different, my cocktail works for me mostly.

        socialworkerangela responded:
        February 11, 2019 at 2:04 pm

        Thank you for your input. It really is appreciated 💜

    Iggy said:
    February 11, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    It can take a while for us to be able to tell what mood cycle we are in, so don’t feel bad about not knowing if your manic or not. Maybe you were hypomanic? I get hypomanic and am able to sleep because I have a sleeping pill. Food for thought anyway.

    I’ve not been on lithium, but it is to stabilize your mood not necessarily for mania only. It is the gold standard for bipolar. I’m not sure if your hair falls out or not with it. I was on depakote, which is the same kind of drug, but had no side effects with it, so there is another option. Still, both you need to get bloodwork every three months to check the levels in your system making sure it is at a therapeutic level and that you are not toxic.

      socialworkerangela responded:
      February 11, 2019 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks for support. I know it’s not full mania but she had me as bipolar 1 but I think i’m 2 blah it’s all so up to interpretation. Boo

    JR Curtis said:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    As you know I’ve been prescribed lithium just recently but have yet to start taking it yet. I think I’m going to stay clear of it for now. I’m just going to try and manage with what I’m currently on. Like you I experience hypomania every now and then but am usually in the depression/anxiety state most of the time. I don’t like the sound of toxicity levels and don’t really want more side effects than what I already have.

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