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taking lithium and anti depressants can't quite seem to get my old self back 100per cent. Any ideas on what I can do to speed up the recovery thanks
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Mental Health Professional: Dr. Kaushik, Psychiatrist replied 9 years ago
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Hi there,

Welcome to Just answer !

Well, these drugs which you are taking currently , are the mainstay of treatment for Bipolar disorder , so i would not suggest to change these drugs , as one should never change something that has worked for you all this while , and you also need to understand that these drugs take some time to act before they get you back to 100 percent previous self , but having said that we can definitely add a thing or two in your current regime.

So, i suggest that you may start yourself on Psychotherapy ( counseling) , this would definitely help you in recovering from your depressive state and will speed up the process as well. The best psychotherapy for depression is Cognitive behavioural therapy ( CBT) , and it is a short course therapy which is given by a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist .

Along with this , you may ask your doctor to start you on anti anxiety drug such as either Clonazepam ( klonopin) or Buspirone ( buspar) , as these anxiolytics/anti anxiety agents act as good adjuvants to mood stabilizer such as lithium and anti depressants and speed up the process of recovery , but , besides all this i also would advice you to keep your patience intact .

So, i sugegst you start on the above mentioned two modalities of treatment while continuing your present treatment , and i am quite sure this will help you to get your desired response and speed up the process of recovery.

I wish you rapid recovery to best of health.

I hope my answer serves your query according to your satisfaction.

Regards...

Dr. Kaushik
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