Posted by Chloe on October 6, 2001, at 18:04:08
In reply to Re: LITHIUM, crashing, ADs, etc » Chloe, posted by Cam W. on October 6, 2001, at 17:25:34
I can answer some of the questions. I think my pdoc is so busy, being the head of the psych dept. at a major hospital, that she doesn't really have time to think things through. Though I know she does care, and is try to help. Also, I have never had a true manic phase. I just have horrible mood instability and disregulation. So frankly, I think she doesn't know how to treat me anymore.
I did complain of the internal jitteriness, and at that point she said I could decrease(!) the Lithium. That is just downright strange as we were trying to get lithium to be my primary AD. (I have had trouble tolerating the SSRi's of late. The agitation and irritability is really a problem.) But perhaps she feels I can't tolerate the Li if I am having the jitteriness...That is why I asked you if you knew if this buzzy feeling does abate over time.
And yes you are right, I do need to hear her explanation is about the lithium. Despite her busy agenda.
> Chloe - Ask your doc why he/she doesn't want your lthium level within the normally recognized antimanic range. The antidepressant action of lithium at that level may result in your not needing the Celexa, either. Your doc may have a perfectly good explanation for not increasing your lithium dose, but he/she should let you in on it.