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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, things are really looking up for me and my family! :-)

My husband is doing a lot better. I believe that the Effexor had him in a drug-induced near psychosis all that time. He has A LOT of memory loss (convenient, isn't it?!?) and is not sleeping well, but his mood is MUCH improved since he weaned off of Effexor. He is not in that insane manic phase that had him on the verge of loosing everything. There have been a couple of tantrums, but they have not lasted long, he is remorseful and apologetic directly afterward.

I am still a bit tentative toward him, though. The kids and I are still staying with my parents. But, overall, I have seen dramatic improvements. I think in a few more weeks -- once we are sure the lithium is helping -- we can start working on our marriage. He realizes that his behavior was completely out-of-character and out of control. He has committed to the meds. He wants to get therapy. So, I am very optimistic.

I will keep you all posted! Thank you for seeing me through my darkest days. This forum is really a life-saver!


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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Good news! I'm glad to hear this. Without the mood stabilizer, anti-depressants (like Effexor) can cause mania in bipolars -- thus doing more harm than good. It's sad but true and a lot of us went through that, being diagnosed depressed before we got the bipolar diagnosis. That's often the way people are diagnosed. I'm glad he's treating you better, though, and seems committed to the meds. Let's cross our fingers he holds to it.

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   Posted 1/29/2009 9:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey falling apart!  I am glad that you are doing better too! 

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   Posted 1/29/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
That's wonderful news! it's nice to see the end of the tunnel........even if it's still far away but at least you're back on track! Good for you!
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do."

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   Posted 1/29/2009 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, my general practitioner put me on Effexor a while back with no other meds and I was the same as your husband. Good luck and God Bless you and your family!
Diagnosed with Mixed Bipolar Disorder with hallucinations, PTSD, OCD and Major Depression since 1994.

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