Welcome to the Depression Forum, B, and continue to post for support from the members. Others will be along soon probably.
I've read your post and am truly sorry that you've had to endure
the problems with the liver that you have. It contributes, no doubt, largely to the depression you have and is probably responsible for the difficulty you have with your girl friend.
Outside the medical field, (and we are not doctors here but can tell you only what has worked for us) there may be help for you. Diet has a huge role to play in the function of the organs. I would suggest that you go to a site called DoctorYourself.com and look at the data on cirhossis of the liver and think about
the suggestions there.
There are foods you should avoid in your diet such as alcohol, fatty foods, and caffeine. Then, there are supplements that have been advised in the section just described in DoctorYourself.com
You might be interested to know that there are two mood stabilizers available now that do not depend on the liver for assimilation, but go directly through the kidneys from the bloodstream: Lamictal (or lamotrigine), and Abilify. Abilify is very expensive, so you might wish
to ask your doctor about
Lamictal and see what he thinks about
for mood stability. He will probably have some excellent ideas for you.
Hopefully, a liver transplant will be available soon. In the meantime, you might wish to watch your diet and try reading some uplifting material or even meditate to improve the moods. Ultimately, we all take charge of our physical care in order to recover, even with the help of the best physicians.
Again, I'm sorry that you've had to go through so much, and will pray
for a transplant soon.
With good wishes,
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 6/15/2011 11:14:25 AM (GMT-6)