Family girl wrote:I am concerned it could be the meds, but I don't want to get off them either. They have been making such a difference until this week. Perhaps hormonal mood swings are also affected by lithium? I don't know.
I have tried seroquel also, but I had a bad reaction to it and ended up in hospital so unfortunately I can't use it any more.
Hmm..if it seemed really helpful at first and then got strange, see if your doctor can have your lithium blood levels checked. In some people, small changes (hormonal, weight gain or loss, dehydration, viral illness, etc) can have an effect on how much lithium is circulating in their bodies. Lithium has to be at a pretty specific level to be therapeutic. It can take a few months to get you to your therapeutic dose, and sometimes needs to be adjusted even after you're a long-time lithium veteran.
Also, even when I've been on really helpful medications and have pretty steady, stable moods, I have really weird moods just before my period. Duller swings with meds than without meds, but still noticeable ups and downs. I think medication dulls the extremes, but doesn't completely take away my mood swingin'.