I am joining to gain some connection with, voice from, and insight into this world of bipolar disorder.
I was dx as having an acute manic episode in spring 2001 while in grad school. I was successful on depakote (but gained 30l bs.) and in 2004, I stopped taking it per docs recommendation. For the past 4 years I have felt great, lost the weight naturally, etc. This December I had a mixed episode over xmas and spent another 10 days in the hospital. I have experienced mania but not a full depression. I think? here we go again. I am back on depakote, which works, but I don't like because of the food cravings and weight gain. that is my only med. also, my husband and I want to have kids and have been trying. that has all halted, and my new psych wants me to change meds this summer so that I can be supported through pregnancy. thinking about lithium, not sure. I am worried about the actual med change and the effect it will have on me, my physical and mental system.
I am wondering if anyone has experienced med change and pregnancy? Also, I am curious if anyone has experienced this disorder through mainly mania vs. depression?
I am genuinely interested in gaining insight from others through this resource, and offering what little experience I have as well. Thanks.