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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:16:30  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Dear Members,

If you have taken lithium, it would be very helpful if you could tell our community your answers to the following questions:

    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing your manic episode(s)?
Once you answer, you will be shown how our other members have answered.
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:18:44  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing your depressive episode(s)?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:24:29  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing your suicidal thoughts/behavior?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:26:33  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing your psychotic thoughts/behavior?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:27:41  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing your alcohol/drug abuse?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:29:23  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in decreasing the number/length of your psychiatric hospitalizations?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:30:58  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in improving your work performance?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:31:38  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    In the treatment of your Bipolar Disorder:
    • Was lithium effective in improving your social functioning?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:33:59  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    For the treatment of Bipolar Disorder:
    • Did you have to stop taking lithium because of its side-effects?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:40:06  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
    For the treatment of Bipolar Disorder:
    • Would you recommend lithium to our other members?
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Posted - 04/03/2008 :  23:49:23  Show Profile  Visit Administrator's Homepage  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Dear Members,

Thank you for completing this questionnaire.

Please post your comments about why you would/would not recommend lithium for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.

Phil Long M.D.
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Posted - 04/04/2008 :  02:03:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
Without lithium, I would be dead. But it doesn't work for everyone, and insufficient information and supervision is given to patients newly on lithium regarding fluids/toxicity - in this country anyway (and, in the Australian climate, to not know the risks is dangerous).

Lithium is definitely not a perfect fix, but it's an effective medication for many of us.

Zep.

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Posted - 04/04/2008 :  03:54:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
When I was put on Lithium I was really 'lost' in hospital. They had been giving me Depakote, which made me feel like I had died and just the body was still working in a very disjointed way. I had no hope. Then they changed my medication to Lithium and it was like a revelation, literally overnight, I became a person again. I had coherent thoughts, I could string two thoughts together. It was amazing. I realise that I still get breakthrough mania and depression, but it's not as bad as before. I'd say it has been a real positive step in my life and I wouldn't cope without it. I know I wouldn't, as I ran out one time and couldn't get to the Dr. The first 24hrs were great I was on such a high, then the low hit me and I still have nightmares about it.
I hope my answers and comment help, it's lovely to get the chance to help others.
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Posted - 04/04/2008 :  09:22:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I have missed a dose or two, and notice the effects very mach.
Cannot conentrate, etc.
I would recommend Lithium as it is the first line of defence in BP, and it does work if you give it time.


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Posted - 07/03/2010 :  22:02:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote  Reply to Topic
I found the only drug that helped with my massive racing thought problems was Lamictal and I had advanced to the point where during parts of the day I was unable to speak in complete sentences, I couldn't put all the words in, I couldn't write coherently, things were just gone.

I was put on lamictal, seroquel, and xanax.
Lithium was added as an add on. When I hit the therapeutic level, I destabilized enormously, my mood swings (ultra rapid,) increased tremendously, and I had so many side effects I felt awful. No matter how much water I ever drank, I always felt like I was dying of thirst in the desert, I had tremors, my motor coordination (I draw,) it was wrecked, I gained weight, I was always swinging between one mood and the other.

I would not ever take this drug again. It was a disaster.

Lamictal, in me, has no side effects, and it elegantly organized my thoughts.



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