Lithium and Hair Loss

Recently, like in the last week, I've noticed that my hair's falling out: there's hair in the sink that wasn't there before. I'm not going bald nor is my hair thinning, but it's definitely falling out. So I did some research about lithium side effects and hair loss. Apparently, lithium affects the thyroid in such... Continue Reading →

Lithium Shakes

Shortly after I began taking lithium, I noticed that my hands started shaking, not a lot -- you'd have to look at my hand up close or something in order to see it. Then it got worse. My thumb and forefinger would jump the way your knee does when a doctor hits you there with... Continue Reading →

Miserable About My Weight Gain

I haven't written about my mother in a while, partly because of my current mental health issues, so my therapist and I temporarily stopped working on Daughter Detox, which is a book that includes exercises on "recovering from an unloving mother and reclaiming your life." (That's the book's subtitle.) I've already mentioned this, but I... Continue Reading →

Med Changes

I saw my psychiatrist yesterday. He raised my lithium because according to the blood test Behavioral Hospital did a couple of weeks ago, my lithium isn't at a therapeutic level. Which probably explains why I'm still feeling somewhat depressed. He also told me that a psychiatrist at PHP 4 will be treating me for the... Continue Reading →

Adderall & Me

What I battle most with depression is lethargy, which makes it hard to get out of bed, take a shower, and pretty much do anything else. I have to fight this every day. It improved when my psychiatrist prescribed Prozac for my perimenopause symptoms (low mood, even more lethargy) in October 2017, up until the... Continue Reading →

ECT & My Memory

NOTE: As mentioned on my About page, I don't advocate for or against ECT. I'm just sharing my personal experience. I wrote a post about the outpatient ECT procedure here. I stopped ECT treatment this past March because for the first time, it didn't seem like it was working, but was still affecting my memory.... Continue Reading →

The Rx Allergy Med Episode

***TRIGGER WARNING*** NOTE: This post discusses self-harm. If that's a trigger for you, then please discontinue reading this post. Last April or May, I saw my primary care physician for a dry cough that wouldn't go away. He attributed this to allergies, and prescribed the oral (as opposed to inhaler) version of an allergy medication.... Continue Reading →

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