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Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Been seeing docs since childhood. ADHd, bipolar, anxiety. On lamictal, lithium, klonopin, vyvanse, opana and symbyax (fluoxetine and olanzapine). Chief complaint anhedonia.advice?

Drug interactions: Your symptoms are possibly related to the number and types of medications that you are taking. Please consult your psychiatrist or personal physician for a complete medication review. ...Read more

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Lithium (Definition)

Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more


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Increase in anxiety, mild depression after stopping Lithium cold turkey. I must ask, when will this stop and I get back to my normal self?

Increase in anxiety, mild depression after stopping Lithium cold turkey. I must ask, when will this stop and I get back to my normal self?

Unclear: This is usually given for a bipolar diagnosis. I am not sure why this was stopped cold turkey but the anxiety and mild depression may get worse. It may resolve but will take time to sort itself out. By the end of one month you should have some idea. The problem however should be under the care of a doc since this was stopped abruptly. Maybe your psychiatrist. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

I have been off of Lithium for a month now. Increase in anxiety. Will these symptoms go away? If so how long?

Psychiatric consult: Consult a psychiatrist for this question to make sure another medication is not warranted for the anxiety. Also, go to a psychodynamically trained psychologist to assess for non=psychiatric reasons for the anxiety. ...Read more

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Can lithium help anxiety and anger?

Can lithium help anxiety and anger?

Bipolar?: Yes if due to bipolar--especially good for irritability & anger in most cases ...Read more

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Took Lithium for 2 days. Having increase in anxiety, will this go away? I wasn't like this before I had taken Lithium. I was misdiagnosed.

Check blood levels: Your blood levels may be elevated causing you side effects. You should get that looked into right away since lithium can be toxic to the kidneys rather quickly if it gets too high without being put into check. ...Read more

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My lithium came back very low - 0.15 nmol/l (normal range says 0.5 - 1.2). Could this be the cause/conseuqence of my mood swings, depr, and anxiety?

My lithium came back very low - 0.15 nmol/l (normal range says 0.5 - 1.2). Could this be the cause/conseuqence of my mood swings, depr, and anxiety?

Lithium Level: Lithium is a mood stabilizer and usually needs to be at therapeutic levels to help regulate the manic/depressive episodes. The blood sample should be taken before the morning dose at the "trough" or the lowest level in the blood. Please speak to your mental health provider about possibly increasing your dose, as necessary. ...Read more

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I took Lithium for 2 days and had to quit cold turkey due to toxicity. 2 other psychs say I've been misdiagnosed. Increase in anxiety, will it go away?

This is not the kind: of question that can be answered with any degree of medical certainty in this forum. I would recommend you address your question to a psychiatrist in person during an office visit. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more