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Can someone maintain a steady brain wave. Been on lithium for 15yrs. Would i ever be able to go without it. I have bipolar disorder. Also take paxil (paroxetine)?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Brain waves

In bipolar disorder it's not brain waves that are the problem -- it's a problem with unstable mood.
Lithium ; some others can keep mood stable. Antidepressants can destabilize bipolar disorder; most psychiatrists avoid using antidepressants in this condition unless absolutely necessary. Currently, conventional psychiatry has little else to offer bipolar disorder but lithium and anticonvulsants.

In brief: Brain waves

In bipolar disorder it's not brain waves that are the problem -- it's a problem with unstable mood.
Lithium ; some others can keep mood stable. Antidepressants can destabilize bipolar disorder; most psychiatrists avoid using antidepressants in this condition unless absolutely necessary. Currently, conventional psychiatry has little else to offer bipolar disorder but lithium and anticonvulsants.
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Dr. Daryl Tanski
Psychiatry

In brief: Not likely

And established diagnosis of bipolar disorder that has to responded to lithium will likely recur if lithium is discontinued.

In brief: Not likely

And established diagnosis of bipolar disorder that has to responded to lithium will likely recur if lithium is discontinued.
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