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He has been obsessive since childhood. He was treated for depression starting 5 years ago and was most helped by lexapro. Other drugs left him very tired and unable to function mornings at school. He then was found to be unable to take SSRIs due to the what we were told was a mania incident and related common self destructive thoughts he had during a high speed traffic stop. His mom and I always thought he was just very obsessive, over reacting, and sometimes depressed. There were 2 psychs who thought he was not bipolar after getting to know him, but specialists said he was. Friends with experience say he needs to be treated for depression. Since January he has been on lithium, prescribed 900 mg but takes 600 to reduce side effects. He took geodon, and it was very rough on him- he was like a zombie and walked like a robot and slept all the time.
I appreciate your response. I am at work so will only check email a few times. Another question: He was found through blood tests to require 900mg for lithium to be theraputic. He only takes 600. We thought that it left him tired and robotic in movement. We might be wrong as it could be from other meds. Should we continue lithium, and if so should we increase to 900? I never thought he was very manic, but he was definately happier if he was. Now he doesnt seem to care about much of anything, including living.
Given that we have comunicated all this to his current doctor who saw him in the 2 week hospital stay, do you think she has responded well and prescribed well or should we seek another doctor locally? He used to be such a creative person and so athletic, not he is just tired and unhappy and restless.