OscillateWildly Posted March 28, 2009 Share Posted March 28, 2009 Has anyone heard of using low dose lithium (e.g. 450mg) PRN for dysphoria/agitation/insomnia as related to bipolar spectrum disorder? Of course this assumes the individual is not being maintained on lithium, and is not using enough daily to reach a theraputic blood level, as that would be dangerous. I know this probably wouldn't be considered standard practice, but I mean for actual individuals who have bipolar spectrum disorders, have you used lithium "when you feel bad" in order to help you feel better? Did it work for you? I am not taking any medications for mood stability, but when I do have an extra hellacious bout of symptoms I submit to low dose lithium and it usually helps anywhere between a little to a lot, it works right away (within 20 mins). It takes away the agitation, it mellows depression, it quiets thoughts, it helps me sleep, etc. Basically, it sucks out the crazy. It doesn't completely fix the problem, but the desperate, scraggly, insomniac, borderline delusional and detatched "aw I'm in it now, oh boy here we go" type crazy depression is resolved greatly. Basically I use it when I feel powerless over the craziness. And it helps a lot. It's like a lightswitch, 20 minutes, half hour, I feel mostly sane whereas before taking it I was a beast. It's like I come unravelled and it helps organize me again. Is this a placebo? (If anyone wonders why I don't take mood stabilizers, it is because my primary problem is depression, and I fear that mood stabilizers EVERY day would make my depression and dysthmic personality worse) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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