Hi there everyone.
I have come on here in a desperate bid to try and find help in preventing Social Services from removing my nieces 7 month old baby girl from her. She suffers with bipolar and has done so for about 13 years. Last year in January she was sectioned a short time after having her medication completely stopped due to a long period of depression. She was pregnant at the time she was sectioned and so SS were tipped off and have been on her back ever since. She is a loving caring mother and her baby girl is in perfect health. My niece has been receiving constant support from her mum and dad but this unfortunately has gone against her showing ,in their eyes, that she is unable to care for her daughter on her own. My niece is understandably very depressed and I think almost suicidal with everything that is happening around her. She is on 300mg a day of quetiapine and has been so since she was sectioned over 14 months ago. She has been very down ever since then and I feel her medication is keeping her at rock bottom and needs adjusting which her consultant is unwilling to do. My question is does a depressive period go on for as long as this because it seems to me that something must be done to try and put her in a better place mentally. Has anyone been on this medication and had any other medication taken alongside of to improve the depression. Having researched the drug it would seem to suppress dopamine and serotonin which give us our pleasurable feelings, no wonder she is depressed. I know it's also to suppress any manic bouts but it seems to be like using a sledge hammer to bang a drawing pin in! Anyway would appreciate any one's comments or experiences. Thanks for reading this. By the way the father also has mental issues and has limited access so is of no real help with the situation.