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Lithium and anti-depressants

Posted by Toph on January 6, 2004, at 13:20:43

I've been diagnosed bi-polar (manic-depressive, originally) since 1976. After several hospitalizations for clinical depression and major manic episodes I finally accepted my diagnosis and began taking Lithium religiously in 1981. It has been very effective in preventing major manic and depressive episodes (although I had one brief manic relapse when my marriage broke up 15 years ago). My question is, my wife (#2 and a great partner) and my shrink say I'm depressed as in disthymia, the blues, and just generally unhappy a lot of the time. I've considered trying Zoloft or some such anti-depressant but I am terrified it might rock the boat that has been keeping me afloat and functional for all these years. Does anyone have any serious advice about mood elevating meds for bi-polars on Lithium - will I screw things up or feel less depressed safely?




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