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I am extremely pissed off. Basically, I saw my psychiatrist this morning and he has decided, due to an overdose risk, to take me off my lithium. I have been off it once before and this was 5 weeks ago and I ended up taking multiple overdoses and my depression worsened so much. My moods were extreme, and I felt unbalanced, so it was restarted.
Now, due to the fact I have 2 court hearings next week, he has decided that if they don’t go my way I am likely to overdose and therefore he doesn’t want me to have access to it. So I’ve got to go off it cold turkey, starting from tonight.
I have bipolar and am currently in a depressive state, and have been for approx 6 weeks, although since restarting lithium I have been getting MUCH better. Now I’ve got to go without it again.
Has anyone else stopped lithium? Or even just has advice of how to cope with the extreme mood changes? I am so worried, I don’t want to come off it at all. I feel like the psychiatrist is preempting something that isn’t going to happen.