Re: Not working
My hypo mania always came first (3-7 days), then I would fly down to a suicidal depression (2-4 weeks), and then a quickly rose to normalcy (2-4 weeks). I still have this pattern but to a lesser degree. I always thought..., cure the mania and the depression would stop, or at least subside greatly. I got there on 1200 mg lithium, once stable, I tried antidepressants, with bad results. I don't know what to tell you, antidepressants work for some and not for others. I think lithium is supposed to be better for mania. Lamictal better for the depression. That has been my experience and I think you'll find studies that say the same. If your mood swing starts with mania that leads to depression, stop the mania, best with lithium. If you start with depression and go straight to mania, then use the lamictal. But, what do I know? I'm just someone who has tried both, and that's how its worked for me. For me, lamictal doesn't work as good as the lithium had. Antidepressants just made things worse.
I'm sorry your having such a hard time. I can much emphasize. Maybe you should ask another psychiatrist for a second opinion... k.