Hi All - Just wanted to join in the "fun". I was diagnosed with BPII over a year ago (have had the depression for 20 years but the BP crash was in 08) and it took almost as long to figure out the right combo of meds - effexor and tegretol - Lithium was just way too TOXIC - for my system!! I thought I was going to crawl right out of skin some days.
So to anyone new to this "joyride" - hang on, be open about how things are making you feel, mentally and physically. As I said to my pdoc - "We manage me"!!! Perseverance pays off and even the pill pushin docs will listen if you make them understand!
Looking forward to discussing things with you all!!