Our expert says:
Lets see in the week as most readers return, what experiences other readers may have had wth Lithium.
While it's used primarily as a mood stabilizer, it seems to have a mild antidepressant effect, so its unlikely in itself to cause a depression. What you're describing sounds like depression with an eating disorder and a cutting habit.
What if it doesn't help ? Then you know one of the possibilities doesn't help, and can attend to alternatives. Sometimes knowing what does NOT help is actually helpful.
There are alternative mood stablizing drugs, often ones earlier used for epilepsy, but nothing strictly an alternative to Lithium in the sense that lithium is a very specific element. I don't quite understand what you're saying about weight gein --- are you saying that you took lithium for some time and DID gain weight, or that, having heard that some people on lithium gain weight, you didn't take it because you didn't want to gain weight ?
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