Thank you for asking on HCM.
The maintenance treatment for bipolar disorder
is lifelong. The purpose is to prevent the episodes of mania and depression
The treatment of acute phase of mania or acute depression is time limited and continues for weeks to months until the acute phase is over. The maintenance treatment usually includes mood stabilizers or lithium
In my opinion currently you are going through the depressive phase. If I was your treating physician i will consider giving you quetiapine
for bipolar depression.
I hope you find this helpful.