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Is it any good? Worth taking?
Have you tried it?
no...which probably means I should shut the fuck up, but I've got a close friend who's manic depressive, and he was on lithium, and it hasn't really helped him. I'd be very very cautious with taking it, cos it seems like somethings that it's difficult to stop taking and get back to where you were before...if that makes sense.
It doesn't matter that you weren't on it, i was just wondering how well you knew about it. Thanks for telling me.
"it's difficult to stop taking and get back to where you were before"???
commited after having stopped taking lithium is ridiculously high.
ohnononon. why? why would that be????????
Because your body naturally produces Seratonin and endorphins to keep your mood up, but when you're on something like Lithium it stops, because something else is producing it.
Then, when you stop taking the lithium, and your body isn't naturally producing any endorphins, your mood crashes and it takes a while for your body to produce these chemicals again normally.
Hence the suicide rate.
amongst many other things. She's been told that it'd be impossible now for her to ever stop taking it.
but if you were already feeling bad enough to be put on lithium then your body wasn't really producing those endorphins very well in the first place, right?
And it would be a lot worse coming off them that before going on them. From what I've read about it anyway.
Or planning on doing so?
on it last week :(
Well, I'm sure the doctor will know A LOT more about it than I do.
doctors never tell you the risks, they're sneeky that way
You should make an appointment and ask as many questions as you can think of, squeeze all the info out of hin!
is still used in pharmacology. It sounds so.. Victorian. I guess the reason for this, though, is that it's very successful.
I'm no expert, and you should absolutely talk to your doctor about any concerns you might have. It's standard practice not to bombard a patient with potentially-scary information about risk factors and that unless they ask, especially when the risk factors aren't even, well.. relatively risky.
So, that is to say: relatively speaking, lithium isn't a risky drug. Sorry if I made that more confusing than it needed to be!
The period of time after coming off any kind of psychoactive medication is always going to have slightly elevated risks: a good doctor will want to monitor you more closely in those months. If you don't have a good doctor, try to make sure you have someone else looking out for you in that time. I'd imagine that if there's any particular link with suicide and lithium, it's because lithium is wildly successful in reducing suicide rates.
As I said, talk to your doctor if possible; if not, there'll be plenty of info on google and that (although stay off those hysteria-filled message boards. Try google scholar especially).
What I just said was taken almost word for word from an episode of Studio 60 I watched yesterday.
I was already drunk and quite relaxed. It was about 4am, I fell asleep then woke up hungover from all the drink, and got a train back to Bedford.
I forgot I was still in zombie makeup (red eye shadow and such) so I must've looked awesome on the train...
But basically it did nothing to me. Maybe if I had taken it earlier before I was drinking it would've affected me but to be fair, I didn't give it much of a chance.