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Hi there-I wanted to ask if anyone might be able to give me some advice on my BP husband and his renewed quest for the right meds. Unfortunately, he doesn't have health insurance so this could be costly but I wanted to try and sort out a good direction before going to the pdoc. He is 36, and has not been on medication since oh, gosh...2003. At that time he was on Lithium and Prozac. It seemed to work pretty good for him, he did feel the typical feeling of being flat and lifeless-he soon stopped taking it because his life was boring. A little bit of background-He was diagnosed about 8 years ago, we went through a battery of medications-Lithium with Lamictal, depakote, zoloft, many of the anti-depressants. There was always that one reason he stopped taking the meds-he felt no excitement in life. It seemed to work for him, he stayed stable while on it-I LOVED IT. I really think the mania is the dangerous part of BP for him, and the Lithium really helped with that. The depression part was not dialed in though. He is manic typically 2x per month. We separated in 2005 and 2006, but got back together Dec 2006. He has experienced his 2nd obvious mania in 6 months-this last one was scary for both of us-he left in the middle of the night and went to smoke marijuana with some friends. This scared him, knowing that he could slip back into a life he doesn't want. That brings us to now in a nutshell-lol. He really wants to get medication-therapy is the easy part. I don't know where to start, except by not trying the meds that didn't work. Please help! Thanks.