This is going to be kinda long, and I apologize for that. I am 28 years old, and my husband is 31.
My husband and I have known one another for 20 years - his baby sister and I grew up as childhood best friends and remained that way into adulthood.
Natt (Mandi's brother) and I got together in March of 2006. In April of 2007 we were married. I knew he was quite moody while we were dating, and I knew he was battling with depression. He couldn't seem to hold a job longer than a month or two (even a couple of them lasted only a few days).
This September, he tried to overdose on pills to kill himself. We called an ambulance and rushed him to the hospital, where he SURVIVED! THANK GOD!!!
From there we have been to behavioral health to try and get him some help.
He isn't seeing a regular doctor, he is seeing a nurse practitioner. She seems to think he just has a "mood disorder" and didn't diagnose him with bi-polar - which I believe with ALL my heart that he has.
She put him on Lithium and Seroquel (sp?). Before he was put on lithium he would have his days where he would barely speak two words to me. Then, out of the blue, he would come out of it, and he would talk non-stop about anything and everything. He would be completely happy some days, and then he would hit bottom once again.
Just like with his job situations - everytime he gets a job, he's ecstatic at first, and he will claim that he can't see himself doing ANYTHING else - he loves it there. Then, just a matter or days/weeks/months later, he hates it.
But NOW - he's on lithium. There are NO... I mean ABSOLUTELY NOOOO - good days. He's completely moody. BTW - he's been on lithium since last Thursday (today makes 5 days). His mood is completely irratic and hostile. Where, in the past, when he was having a "bad" day with no medication, I could normally ask him a question and get a corjul (sp?) answer. Now, I can't even ask him a simple question like "do you need anything?" without getting my head completely bit off.
Please don't think I'm complaining about my husband. I love him with all my heart and soul. There's no way on this earth I would even play with the idea of leaving him. I want to HELP him. I don't have all the understanding of the situation that I need... and the doctor's around here don't seem to offer a ton of help.
As of right now, we are going to a place that is based on your income for his help, but I will be getting insurance shortly when I leave my current job and go to another company that has offered me a great opportunity.
Has anyone ever gotten second opinions here? I'm thinking of taking him somewhere that is NOT based on income, and someone who will accept the insurance that I will have.
Back on track - sorry - is this normal behavior with lithium in the beginning?????? I'm so scared... I just need to know something.
I apologize for my typing skills. I'm usually much more organized and coherent, but as I re-read my post, I'm having to de-code it sentence by sentence, and I'm the one that wrote it!! I hope all of you can understand it.