In your first thread you stated "I was diagnosed at 15-16 but thought it was just my "teen years". I went to a counselor and they put me on lithium-the all well too known "cure" drug. Well by the time I was 18 I didnt want to LIVE MY LIFE ON A PILL so I stopped taking them-cold turkey! I then started hanging out with the wrong crowd and started using a lot ...drugs."
I hope you are now under the care of a pdoc. If,in fact,you are still diagnosed Bipolar,than lithium would still be your number one mood stabilizer.(It worked for you from age 15 to 18). However, you need to know that Bipolar Disorder will NOT go away. If you and your pdoc are in agreement with taking lithium, you will have to take it the rest of your life. Wouldn't that be better than what you are during now? Maybe this is part of your question "how many more?"
I know what I talk about. I "have been there,done that" I'm Bipolar for the last 46 years (64 now).I went off and on lithium for 24 years. Now with the consistancy of 22 years with lithium, I live a beautiful and stable life.