What are the withdrawal symptoms of Lithium?
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Lithium is very good medicine for bipolar disorder. Paroxetine is an anti depressant drug from SSRI group and used in anxiety disorders also. As it is in CR form you can stop it if you do not have anxiety or depressive symptoms.
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do not stop lithium abruptly
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No, you should not stop lithium abruptly even if you feel better. Your diagnosis is bipolar and in that case lithium is used to prevent relapse.
Lithosun can be stopped after 3-6 months after complete improvement depending upon history of illness and number of episodes. So ask your treating doctor about the same. In few cases it is continued for lifelong to prevent relapse.
with one episode of depression one cannot diagnose bipolar
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With one episode of depression one cannot diagnose bipolar disorder. At least one episode of mania or hypomania should be there. With provided history you are not bipolar.
I am sorry that your psychiatrist is not able to provide time due to his busy practice. Better to consult someone else who can give you time and address your concern.
In few cases bipolar is curable. In many patients it remains under control with medicines. In few it is difficult to manage.
You seem to have depression with possibility of illness anxiety disorder. For confirmation or evaluation of your diagnosis I need very detail history with mental status examination and that is not practically feasible on this platform. So you need to consult psychiatrist locally.
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