Awaiting Lithium therapy

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Hi, I suffer from rapid cycling bi polar disorder, and I'm waiting for blood test results to come back before they'll start me on Lithium. The problem I'm having at the moment is that I'm self medicating nearly every night with alcohol, it's the only thing that seems to keep me stable, I know it's not good for me, but I was wondering if anyone else out there does this, or understands it? 

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    Hi Stanley - self medication with alcohol is understandable for victims of this horrible illness, and I do it a lot, it's so much part of our culture,and  I don't think you shoudl beat yourself up over drinking. (It is unfortunately true that drinking three  or four evenings in a row will bring my mood down which does seem like retribution). I hope Lithium works for you - in my experience all the medications around are a bit hit and miss: what works for one doesn't for another, according to a person's unique DNA and physiognamy, and after 2 years on Lithium I gave it up as it wasn't really making a difference to me personally. My advice Stanley is practice being as nice as possible to yourself, depression is such a drag, one needis to encourage oneself.  Best of luck Gillian
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    Hi Stanley, I am bi polar and have been taking lithium for 20 years, with no problem. I get a blood test every three months. What other meds you on? Don't beat yourself up about the drink, one thing at a time. When I am ill, I smoke cigarettes to cope and When am Not ill I give up. This is a tough illness to cope with and When you are feeling better again you can sort that out. Hang in there x
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    Dear Stanley, I have been on Lithium for two years now as well as an anti-psychotic.  I have found that this combination is keeping me relatively stable and I also drink most days.  As long as you are not getting totally legless every night i don't think having a drink is a problem.  If you react well to Lithium then I think you will see the benefits after a while.  Be sure that you have regular blood tests while you are on Lithium.  I have them every three months.  Good luck, Clare
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    Thank you for replying to my post guys, really appreciate it! Good to know that there's someone out there on the same wavelength, I just feel so damned lonely and scared sometimes. I' not on any meds at the moment, I was on anti depressants, but my psychiatrist took me off them, as he thinks they're not very helpful for bipolar disorder
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