Please tell me that the mood stabilizers won't poop out like the ssri's do. Recently diagnosed Bipolar II. Coming to grips that this is why the ssri's didn't work but a few months in the past ten years. PLEASE tell me that the mood stabilizers don't do the same thing, work for a while and than nothing, I need some relief so badly, will be seeing my doc tommorrow morning and was looking forward to the appt. and it just dawned on me that this could be a possibility, thanks for reading, please share, I'm so afraid, pinkeetoz
Just a personal experience with a mood stabilizer. Lithium is still considered the first choice of mood stabilizers. I was Dx BPD in 1970. For the next 12 years,I did not take it as directed. After 14 years and 4 manic episodes,I hit "rock bottom". So starting from 1984 until the present,I have been stabile,only because I knew it was nessary to be consistant with Lithium. It hasn't pooped out yet,now at 22 years !
Eyes, thank you for your post. If it made you feel better, why did you not take it for so long? So, being on the med is not all that bad than right, I mean you do have a better/good life on the med? pinkeetoz
I have been on Lithium for 21 years.
I keep taking it because I will always have Bipolar Disorder and need to be on the medication all the time to prevent any further highs or lows.
I don't just have a better/good life now, I HAVE a life.
Without it I would be in a hospital for life or dead.
It is THAT important to be stabilized!!!!
Bingo ! Ruth seem to always say the right things before I can answer. She is a very smart lady,pinkeeoz. I really don't have more to add -- except that it seems that BPD people have to "learn" the hard way to continue to take their meds as directed. There's something about "feeling good/normal" that convinces the BPD person to say " hey I don't need this Medication any more".
There is something about Ruth's and my experience with Lithium (or any mood stabilizer for that matter),that says you are on the right "track". Just know tomarrow, that your pdoc wants you to know that a mood stabilizer can be the answer. BPD can be defeted, it's with your postive attitude,and your pdoc's help, that you will ACHEIVE !