Our expert says:
Interesting, isn't it, how our memory for mood is not good ( like our memory for temperatures --- every winter feels like the coldest one can remember, and each summer the hottest ).
I think when you see your shrink you obviously will disclose how you changed the meds, and discuss in detail what changes, under what circumstances, make sense and could be useful, and what changes are a Bad Idea. Its not likely to be the mood stabilizers that would make you manic or depressed --- their action is to limit those naturally occurring mood swings.
Knowing you to the degree that I do, I doubt that you would be melodramatic, or that a skilled shrink would imagine that. With all medical problems, we'd rather be consuilted about that turns out to be a false alarm or something not as serious as it seemed, than to be NOT consulted when this could have made a major difference.
Some people are fortunate to have a naturally slowly-cycling disorder, some have rapid cycling. But except for specific treatments aimed at the height of a manic phase, or the depths of a depression, the mood stabilizers don't have to keep chasing after a moving target, as they work to slow and smooth the mechanisms involved in the cycling.
Hold on there, things will settle.
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