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After the week I had, and the 2 pretty rough periods of depression prior to it, I knew I had to see my doctor. I’ve been medicated for nearly 10 months now, and although they do help somewhat, the recent episodes are proof in themselves that it’s not entirely doing it’s job. I called on Thursday and was lucky to get an appointment for the very next day.
Sitting in his office the next day, fidgeting and gazing around the room that looks nothing like a doctors office I now notice, I try to remain patient as he looks over my chart but inside I am bursting to talk! All of the feelings that have weighed me down all week are ready to spill out onto the ugly blue carpet.
He stops reading the file, sits back and looks at me, thinking a minute before he starts to speak. Then the questions begin.
Any periods of depression? Yes.
Suicidal thoughts? Hesitantly, yes.
Any high phases? Happy or angry? Yes, both.
How are you sleeping? Fine, off and on.
When I reached home I sat back and started to read about the new drug that was supposed to keep my moods stable. The information contained in the several pages stapled together was startling. The side effects, which included weight gain, dizziness, drowsiness, increased thirst, and tremors didn’t sound too bad, and it did state that they should go away once my body adjusts to the medication. However, the more serious side effects that can occur was what scared me- fainting, severe dizziness, trouble breathing, seizures, irregular heartbeat. From there online research began which was even more terrifying- possible kidney damage or failure, severe reactions, and serious side effects associated with drug interactions. Was all of the risks really worth the desired outcome?
My first dose was scheduled for an hour before bed. The trip to the doctor that day had been a long one and I was exhausted by 8PM. So, I popped my first lithium and waited an hour before taking my normal seroquel dose before bed. Before the hour had passed I could barely walk or talk. I remember taking my seroquel and getting a blanket from the chest in the hallway- and that is it! The remainder of the night is a complete blank! At 10:30AM today my mother awoke me from where I was asleep on the couch- 13.5 hours after I had passed out there.
Even after so many hours of sleep I could barely pull myself to my feet and the first hour was a sleepy daze. The remained of the day was groggy, dizzy, lightheaded, and a little confused. My head felt “funny”- the best explanation I can find to describe how I felt the entire day. I felt awful and I hated it. It was then that I made a decision….
I flushed the Lithium down the toilet!
Living with the mood swings is horrible at times, yes, but no more so than walking though the day in a complete and utter daze, unable to communicate with people around me because of the muddled feeling in my head, and wanting to sleep all day after already sleeping for over half a day! My mind, once it was clear enough to form reason, was boggled with questions and thoughts.
Were all of these pills really what I needed? Were they really going to fix whatever was broken in my brain? Was all of the nasty side effects really worth the outcome? What were all of these pills going to do to my health in the long run?
Something has to change. That much I know for sure.