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I Take Lithium

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    Just Started It.

    Haven't felt much difference yet.
    davedaddykh1 davedaddykh1 46-50, M 1 Response Feb 1, 2012

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    LiCO3 Works For Me!

    I started off on Lithium a year ago for my cyclothymia (part of the BeePer spectrum).  I started at 900mg and I went into toxic shock. It hit me hard.  I then eased my way in at 300mg and slowly increased the dose over the course of a month.  I have been on 12...
    CraigC CraigC 46-50 1 Response Feb 14, 2009

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    Stop.

    sometimes i just feel like stopping. i know this isnt the best choice. but it's annoying. everyday. for the rest of my life. just to control me. why cant i control myself? it's not fair.    
    gypsysoul gypsysoul 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2009

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    Crossing My Fingers

    Hopefully this one will work.  I've been on just about every psych drug in existence, and none have done much.  But I've been on Lithium for a few months now and it seems to be helping.  Granted, I could do without the bloodwork...but that's a small price to pay to finally be...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 24, 2011

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    More Problems Than Solutions

    i was taking lithium for about a year. i took seroquel with it also. i had asked about taking it because none of the medicine i was taking was working, and i was just getting worse. my doctor warned me about the blood tests, and i was weery about that because i had...
    st0n3rl1f3 st0n3rl1f3 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 29, 2010

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    Is This Normal?

    I've been on it for two weeks now. I am still on Wellburtin and Effexor as well. I don't really feel any better since I've started the Lithium. I actually feel kinda worse. I am much more irritable and weepy. Has this happened to anyone else? If so, how long did it take for the...
    JB4883 JB4883 26-30, F 1 Response Oct 7, 2012

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    New To Mood Stabilizers

    I began Lithium and Viibryd (the new antidepressant, and klonopins for Bipolar 2. I told the doctor about my manic experience w Prozac and zoloft over a decade ago. I was instantly zombified after the first viibryd and agitated. I took the 300 mg lithium then at night and this...
    Passion4Hope Passion4Hope 26-30, F Aug 1, 2012

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    The Tiger And Lithium

    Current Diagnosis - Unassigned Previous Diagnosis - Cyclothemia (2008) Ive only just begun taking lithium, three and a half weeks ago, and i am utterly and completely AMAZED!! for the first time in my LIFE ive been granted emotional stability, as well as mental clarity. Im...
    zt1ger zt1ger 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 17, 2009

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    A Week Today

    It's a week today since I started taking it, I'm on 600mg, for bipolar type II. I was really worried about taking it after reading so much about the side effects but as of yet I'm doing really well and I think it's working already. I do get the shakes in the morning and feel a...
    AWUK AWUK 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 8, 2008

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    Relationships and Lithium

     I do not take the drug but I have met someone who does .What advice would  you give me 
    mnmn19043 mnmn19043 46-50 Jul 31, 2009

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    Nauseous

    I've been on all types of lithium, what happens is,for awhile medcation works with little side effects. The out of nowhere nauseous and sick aint the word. Then my doctor switches to different type and it works for awhile then it starts all over again. And yes my levels are...
    tiggs76 tiggs76 36-40, M Aug 18, 2013

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    My Mate Litho...

    Hi let me introduce you to my friend Litho.. Litho first came into my life 17 years ago. At first it was a love hate kind of thing, mainly driven by fear, I dont like needles and was told they are part of the deal. I have come to accept him as being a part of my life. He can...
    sanstu60 sanstu60 46-50 Dec 3, 2011

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    At A Loss With Medications

    Where shall I even start? I have been battling with anxiety since i was 15. It was not until I was 28 that I started to get medication. Two years ago I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 Disorder. I have tried every drug on the market and all different combinations of drugs and NOTHING...
    ubuggme123 ubuggme123 36-40 1 Response Jan 18, 2011

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    Lithium Is Not Very Pleasant For Me

    Rapid cycler here. When I was younger it was fun, and manageable. The older I get, the more damage each episode brings. (Alienated friends, previously non-existent career stress, strained home life, ectera ectera ectera,) Took Depakote for about 2 years. Side effects were...
    RapidC RapidC 41-45 1 Response Dec 27, 2012

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    Lithium And Nausea

    I have been diagnosed with bi-polar 2 1/2 years ago and was hospitalised in May 2008 for 28 days.  Since then it has been a roller-coaster of experiences including endless changes in medication.  I have recently started on Lithium and it seems to be working really...
    familyross familyross 46-50, F 1 Response Apr 7, 2010

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    2 Time User

    I was on Lithium after being diagnosed with BPD while in the psych ward in Dec. 2006, and was on it for about 5 months before kicking it for the first time, it was mostly because it made my stomach hurt... a lot of bad stomach related events happened after I ...
    katpunkhippiegirl katpunkhippiegirl 18-21, F Nov 23, 2008

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    Started yesterday, a half dose.

    I'm so sensitive that I felt some relief right away though not fully, of course. Started to slow my very rapid, incessant thought patterns where it actually hurt a little to try to think the usual recurring thoughts--which was not bad at all. Felt drowsy but with one espresso I...
    lithium1 lithium1 36-40, F Mar 8

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    Anxiety

    I take lithium on and off since last year because of my anxiety. i feel better, but Im not sure if its because of the lithium or because i started to yoga or because i dont drink coffee anymore... I just feel better.   Nobody but my doctor and my mother knows im taking it...
    wonttell wonttell 22-25 Jul 22, 2008

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    My Love-hate Relationship With Li+

    I have taken Eskalith for about 8 months now, and my moods are relatively more stable. I am at a normal blood serum level, and I take it with buspar.  I hate taking pills in general... the routine, the bad tastes, getting them stuck in my throat, I hate it. But my moods...
    BleuJean BleuJean 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 1, 2009

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    Lithium..

    I've been taking Lithium for a few years now. I guess it works or I wouldn't continue to take it...The only thing I hate is the stupid Lithium Levels I have to get every six weeks to check my kidney or something inside me. Waking up that early to get a needle poke and a bruise...
    MollyxxEloise MollyxxEloise 18-21, F Dec 7, 2009

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    Scared To Take It

    I got a script today from the doctor. 300Mg of litho twice a day. I am scared to take it. But I am scared not to. I am tired going days and weeks without talking to anyone and then expecting them to jump when I say how high when I am feeling better. I am scared I won't be me...
    starfairy31 starfairy31 26-30 2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    Question, Please

    Hello, could anyone give me advice as to what vitamins, aminos, natural stuff I can take with lithium? Thank you
    jsc70 jsc70 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 1, 2012

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    Why

    I take Lithium I have for Nealy two years, and every time I take it I think why? why not just stop, do I need this?. Two years ago I drove to work and each day I thought '' I wonder what it would be like just to drive into the front of that lorry, quick, no pain, I was not...
    blueto blueto 46-50 4 Responses Jul 11, 2010

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    Lithium O.

    hello i take lithium o and i went to the doctor to test my lithium in the blood, and very strange i have 0,1mg lithium but i should have between 0,4 and 1.2 very strange what do you think i take dr best lithium o
    hitachi1964 hitachi1964 36-40 1 Response Jun 7, 2013

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    Whatever

    I'm bipolar. I know I need to take lithium, but there is the flatness and detachment that makes me feel weird and not quite myself. It is almost like I feel nothing, which is not true. When I do things I like I feel good. When I do things I hate I feel bad. It is weird, but I...
    shamelessflirt shamelessflirt 31-35, F 8 Responses Jan 9, 2010

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    One Year

    I forgot all about this group until someone commented on my other story in it. At that point, I'd been on Lithium a few months.  While I thought I may have been seeing some changes, I wasn't sure.  Too much other stuff in my life was chaotic that I couldn't say for sure whether...
    Plaid Plaid 31-35, F 1 Response Jul 17, 2012

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    I WAS Taking Li

    Last time I saw my psychiatrist he took me off the Li. I had been taking an oral contraceptive to regulate my cycles but stopped.  He asked me if I was still taking the OC, and I told him I wasn't.  So his response was to take me off of the Li.  I told him I was doing well...
    Sncats Sncats 26-30, F 2 Responses Apr 20, 2013

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    Lots Of Side Effects

    I hate the side effects of LithiumI hate needing meds at allI hate that I get moody and tired.Thats not my natural state.One day I will live a life without meds!!
    btrflysfound btrflysfound 41-45 1 Response Sep 8, 2011

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    New

    I just started taking Lithium yesterday. The first time I took it I was fine, but ever since I took it today my stomach has been totally messed up. When will this side effect go away?
    emaciateme emaciateme 18-21, F 2 Responses Oct 9, 2013

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    It's All New to Me

    I have been on Lithium for almost a week now and am really struggling (Type 2 Bipolar). My moods are even more erratic than before. I feel paranoid and can't seem to stop crying! Does anyone else have similar stories/words of wisdom???
    mikeswitzfan mikeswitzfan 31-35 3 Responses May 7, 2008

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    Celexa

    My moodiness started a couple of years ago and I was finally able to get in to see a doctor who was willing to let me pay a small fee to see her since I have no insurance. For me, people don't have to worry about me being suicidal, instead they have to worry about me being...
    southernboy332009 southernboy332009 36-40, M 1 Response Sep 6, 2013

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    About To Start

    After 10 years of being on anti depressants, my phsyciatrist has now told me Im not depressded, I am bi-polar, Yay..well that accounts for the crazy mood swings, for no reason at all. The fact that I spent over 10 thousand dollars in just under a month, on crap things like...
    mojo7 mojo7 41-45, F 3 Responses Mar 13, 2010

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    Lucky One

    I used to take depakote and zoloft for my bipolar and it was horrible. The side effects were far worse than the few little benefits the drugs gave me. I only started lithium a few weeks ago, but I feel a little more stable, a little less angry. I'm hoping that I'll be...
    igowild igowild 26-30, F Dec 28, 2008

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    This Wasn't Suppose To Happen Anymore!

    I take my pills 3 times a day religiously. I have an alarm set on my phone. Same time every day. I make sure to eat right, exercise, socialize, see my doctor, get my blood taken, avoid topics that tend to set me off, avoid drinking, avoid pot, drink water and a million other...
    JB4883 JB4883 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 28, 2012

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    Scared To Take Lithium But Not Sure What Choice I Have

    I've had bipolar II since I was a teen. I've only ever been on anti-depressants and they weren't effective enough to stabilise me. Have been in and out of therapy which I see as an utter waste of time as I'm really tired of talking about myself and experiences blah blah blah...
    lucymtte lucymtte 36-40 3 Responses Sep 9, 2012

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    kingwellenergy kingwellenergy 26-30, F Apr 8

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    Today we live in a lithium ion world. That’s the chemistry that powers our phones, our computers, our power tools, our electric vehicles, and our grid energy storage systems. The...
    kingwellenergy kingwellenergy 26-30, F 1 day ago

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    Every day. And unhealthily too. My dosage for Lithium is enough to kill me. And the Trazodone could put me in a coma. I have to do bloodwork constantly just so they know I won't...
    therearemanymes therearemanymes 16-17, F a week ago

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    I have my hands full right now and I'm not looking to add on or take on anyone else at this time. I enjoy my life the way it is and I am happily taken.
    KawaiiBoy KawaiiBoy 18-21, M 14 hrs ago

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    Actually, I never take off any of my jewelry. I wear CBRs in six of my piercings and a hoop in my nostril. My wedding ring is always on, as are my anklet and toe ring. I also wear...
    ShesAVeryKinkyGirl ShesAVeryKinkyGirl 26-30, F 1 hr ago

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    This was originally for an Accutane survivor thread/forum. I took Accutane as a senior in High School. I had acne, it was bad, not terrible, but bad. I disliked having acne, but...
    Anon010101 Anon010101 22-25, M 2 Responses Apr 12

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    Yes yes, I am independent, I don't NEED to be taken care of, but its a lovely feeling to be with a man that WANTS to take care of me. I have never had it before in previous...
    suzieb1971 suzieb1971 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    I'm depressed and i have no one to talk to. I have no real friends and all my family members are seriously ****** in the head (in my opinion). It all started when i was about 10. I...
    Canaduhh Canaduhh 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 26

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    I waver between being very thoughtful and not wanting anything to do with anything in a serious way :))) I take much of life serious, but myself is another story. I take that back...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Day 2: guns & roses 'paradise city' I picked this song bc a long time ago me and my mum would jam out to journey and guns & roses XD anyway i think its got good guitar parts in it...
    PsycoKiller PsycoKiller 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 7

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    I had this friend, we were so close. Lets call him Fred. Also though on the edge of being together for quite some time. I got a new boyfriend, after a few months we were perfect...
    BlooRae BlooRae 16-17, F a week ago

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    I HATE to have my photo taken when I was pregnant I was a photo queen I never missed the opertuninty to post my big belly and photos when you could see my son's foot almost...
    funsnowgal funsnowgal 22-25, F 2 days ago

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    I went to Mexico this summer and I was walking around this beautiful church. There's had to be like 100 stands at least, of people selling there things around the church. I ended...
    Live5772 Live5772 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under...
    maqeurious maqeurious 31-35, F Mar 30

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    You Can Thank My Sister For That!! When we were young my sister had a thing for taking pictures of me. I don't mean nice ones either. She would hide in different places, under...
    maqeurious maqeurious 31-35, F Mar 30

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    Medication abuses who you are as a person, especially depression meds. Sometimes, I wonder what I would be like if I hadnt started to take them in the first place, would I be...
    MajorasAngel97 MajorasAngel97 16-17, F 1 Response Apr 1

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    I'm SO embarrassed. So what happened was that I won intern of the month. I am not one to be center of attention, so when they called my name, I literally said, "F--K." I didn't...
    BlueIce612 BlueIce612 16-17, F 3 Responses Apr 3

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    I'm so lost, my therapist and psych say I won't feel better until I take them regularly, but my family and boyfriend make me feel Like a criminal just for doing what the doctors...
    elizabethmary21 elizabethmary21 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 8

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    Your Existing Situation Works well with others. Needs personal relationships which are understanding and relatively conflict-free. Your Stress Sources "Not a team player and is...
    DoubleyouX DoubleyouX 22-25 1 Response Apr 10

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    I was attempting to stop taking them but it's 2am... Oh the struggle... To take them or to not take them? Such a predicament.
    LivviyLove LivviyLove 16-17, F