Yeah, the Lithium works for me.
After being miss-diagnosed for many years as a depressive and being treated only with an anti-depressant, after about 10 years of that I finally got diagnosed as bi-polar.
Well, they gave me Lithium for the first time to treat the mania, and as soon as I took the first pill, I felt like the air was let out of an over-tight balloon.
What was that again, Lithium? I mean gosh, there I was feeling like I was about to explode all the time, and they kinda missed the mania part for about 10 or more years.
You asked, does the Lithium work for you? Yes. I can still function, I don't notice any loss of awareness, and I haven't been manic since I've been taking it for many years.
You said you are now taking abilify for the mania and wellbrutrin for the depression. I've never taken those, so I don't know much about them.
You said you began taking those in April, but that: "I'm still having manic episodes and horrible mood swings so I'm gonna ask my doctor if maybe we should try something new ."
Has the abilify lowered your mania? Maybe, if it works a little bit, they can increase the abilify, rather than changing to a new med. That's just my opinion as a bipolar.
Did the abilify seem to help after a few days or week or two of first taking it? Did it like, reduce mania by about 50%? Were you glad?
What do you think, they should increase the dosage or change meds?
You said you're still having mania, after some 3 months, I don't know if that's a long time or not. Are you telling your psychiatrist about this? What does he or she say? What do you think?
Again, you say, " still having manic episodes and horrible mood swings" Mood swings seems to suggest that both of those are not working.
Is your wellbrutrin not taking away your depression? How much is it working, 50%? Are you less depressed now?
How bad were you before you got diagnosed and started taking your meds?
You and I are dickering over what is the best anti-manic and depressive medicine. My mother's mother did not have either of those when she was mentally ill in the 1920, 30s and 40s, and into the 50s.
And she was in constant agitation, and had to be put into a mental hospital, diagnosed as schizophrenic, for bipolar was not known. So we can be thankful that here in 2017 that they not only have one medicine for those ailments, but several or more.