Posted by SLS on August 20, 2005, at 11:15:34
In reply to Lithium not good on the long term fo me.., posted by rod on August 19, 2005, at 19:06:39
> Hello World
> As a little folow up I wanted to say that my initial positive response to 200mg litium dayly didnt last very long, unfortunately.
Roland, I am VERY disappointed to hear this. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that a "low" dosage of lithium includes a range of 300-600mg.
> After some days I got really mentally slow and very suicidal. Suicidal thoughts are quite untypical for me. So this was clearly drug related.
Or drug-failure related. The acute depressive relapse or depressive rebound can be more severe than the depression itself. You might just need more lithium. I hope so. It would be such an easy out.
I found Cytomel T3 to exacerbate my depression quite severely. Thyroxine T4 treats me much better. Perhaps T3 benefits unipolar and T4 benefits bipolar. You might consider going up in lithium and starting T4 if you are convinced thyroid is playing a role. These are quick things to try while you are in your present situation. You should know within a few days if increasing the lithium would help. When you were feeling well on it, I don't recall your complaining of a flattening of affect or impingement upon your motivation or creativity. That alone is a blessing.
I'm bored today, but I don't feel like doing anything. Does this ever happen to you? Arghh.