Posted by SLS on November 4, 2009, at 7:02:23
In reply to Re: Going back to old-school - lithium. » SLS, posted by HyperFocus on October 31, 2009, at 22:24:14
This is not funny anymore. I am not enjoying this.
I feel improved for a few days to a week after every dose increase of lithium, only to watch that improvement disappear. This pattern is really no different than what I experience with antidepressants. My brain seems to outwit the drugs that are meant to improve its function. The brain thinks it is the normal, healthy state to be depressed. Yeah - real smart. It does a good job of maintaining a dysfunctional homeostasis.
My doctor has had me raise the dosage of lithium to 1200mg. I am not hopeful that the results of doing this will be any different from previous dosage increases.
I think I need to be ready to live like this for several years until a novel treatment comes along. I will stay on a lower dosage of lithium long-term for whatever neuroprotective and neurotrophic properties it may have.