I was diagnosed with Bi Polar I at 19 but I only took Lithium for a few months and then stopped cos it was making me feel nauseous and I was worried about weight-gain and kidney problems etc. I then had 9 years with no episodes or symptoms of bi-polar without taking a mood stabiliser (I was just on Prozac for the whole time). Last year I had a psychotic manic episode and since Dec 2006 I have been heavily depressed. Ive been on Efexor for 6 months without getting back to a normal mood.Im wondering whether I should start taking the Lithium now. Does it really help to lift depression? Does it prevent episodes? (bearing in mind that mine seem to be relatively few and far between). Thanks for your help!
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