Wow, you really know your stuff! You have given me more information than my regular doctors have. They currently have me on 1000 mg of Depakote, 50 mg of Lamictal, 75 mg of Effexor XR, and last but not least, 1 mg of Clonazepam. They have had me on almost every drug imaginable, but I will get some kind of reaction to it. I do keep Risperdal around if I have a bad manic episode. Those are happening more often than before. I was diagnosed with this illness just a little over a year ago, and at age 57, I must admit I have not been the best patient. I do take my drugs, but many times I feel like a lab rat, and swear I won't take them anymore.
I had to change pschyiatrists and therapists because of my Insurance, so that isn't making me relaxed. I feel as though I am starting over, and with new doctors, comes new drugs. They know what I am currently taking, so hopefully we will go from there. I have heard a lot of people refer to Lithium, but because of the weight gain I've heard it causes, I know I won't take it. I already weigh more than I should, and I know that gaining more would put me in depression, so how would we be winning in a situation like that?
I can tell I am in a hypomanic mood this morning, and these are the ones I want to stay in, but, just like the therapists have told me, you can't stay up there forever. I don't know that I have ever known what a "normal" mood is