I don't think I have ever chatted with you before-doesn't sound like you are feeling so hot...
tell us about yourself (and if you already have I am soooo sorry, I have been gone awhile!)
Naja, it's a struggle for all of us to stay halfway level and it doesn't end. You'll be really good for a while, then start having swings, that's just how it works, it is never "fixed". You will always take medicine, and will likely have to change doses, add meds, or change them altogether. None of us LIKE going to docs and dealing with medicine, but it's just a fact you have to accept if you're going to get better. Please tell me you don't drink. At ALL! If you do, you will create your own bad episodes.
You are taking Lithium, therefore it is a MUST to get regular blood levels drawn, they change even when your dose doesn't and if it's too low, you might as well be taking aspirin. If too high it's toxic. You might ask your doc if you can try something else instead of lithium if you can, nothing else requires blood levels except Tegretol, and now it's called Trileptal and doesn't need blood tests.
You have no choice but to learn these things, and stay in close contact with your doctor if you are having problems.
That is a long time to be unstable, it makes me curious, do you have these bad spells a lot or do you ever get better?
You asked, what would I do? Well, I have had bipolar I , mixed episode, rapid cycling, for 15 years, much less than you, so I can imagine it is frustrating to say the least. I would never give up. I read and read and read about meds so I am a partner in my own care, and I ask that my Dr work with me, not against me for starters. And when I feel like absolute dog poo ( I know they don't like us to swear on this board so I am trying to be good) I fight, read a book that can give me a smidge of hope, reach out to someone, come to this board, and wait for it to pass, as it always does for me. They have put me through a lot of drug changes, and there were times I wanted to quit and just be "normal" (whatever that is) but the reality is I am bipolar. I have a Dr who blasts me for drinking, calls me on my stuff, and fights tirelessly to get me on the right meds. he ensures I am prepared for when I crash (usually!). Do you have a good reltshp with your doc? Pdoc?
Psychnurse made a good point about the Lith levels-mine weren't even therapeutic, I didn't stabilize til I went up in dose. It can be nasty, but I find as I adjust it is less bothersome. (that's at 1200 mg, more than I intially was ok with!!)
Well, here i go, blabbing on. You sound so depressed, I hope this post wasn't too blabby. You just can't give up,I feel so passionate about it.
PS-are you sleeping ok?
Naja, is your level therapeutic yet? Have you tried anything besides lithium? There are several other choices out there of anticonvulsants (epilepsy medicine). Also, Kittycat is right about the Celexa - very bad choice for bipolar people; it doesn't really have the good effect like it does on "normal" people, in fact can make things much worse after a few days or weeks.
I suggest talking to your doctor about Lamictal - it is a mood stabilizer that has a great antidepressant effect on BPs, and wellbutrin can be added to it for even better results.
Naja, I am here to tell you that I know how you are feeling. I am also at a very dark and low time.....and I, too am wondering if I will ever get better - ever feel normal.
This is a new diagnosis for me (BiPolar II) I am 36 years old (female) and was mis-diagnosed with Clinical Depression for 15 years of my life. After a Hospitalization in June and a thorough History taken, I was diagnosed w/BiPolar II.
I have heard it takes times to get all the meds straight, etc and reaching therapeutic levels. My Lithium level has constantly been fluctuating between too high and then too low. I am now on 900 mg per day and I hope this gets me stable.
Unfortunately, I can offer no advice - just know u are not alone in this.....