Our expert says:
Lithium and Epitec are routine treatments for a manic phase and to stabilize the mood swings of a bipolar disorder, but are not treatments for depression as such, and in a depressive mood swing, other meds such as antidepressants will be needed. And a family history of suicide as well as your suicidal thoughts make this a genuine emergency needing urgent attention. As you recognize, I'm sure, it would be damaging to your son and everyone else who cares about you ( usually more people than you realize ) for you to harm yourself in any way.
I doubt that these meds caused this depression, and this is probably part of what was already developing, but they're not ENOUGH to treat this well.
You URGENTLY need to arrange to see a good psychiatrist, privately or through an Emergency Room of a hospital. You can indeed be feeling much better before too long with the right comprehensive treatment. Can\t yopu see again the doc who made the diagnosis and provided the present prescription ?
St Johns Wort would be useless in any serious depression like this, but there are many prescrtiption alternatives.
As for praying, in my experience, depression often seems to act like a scrambler, blocking the sense of connection and comfort someone usually gets from praying, but with proper treatment of the depression, this satisfaction will also return
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