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lets see. Efexor is an antidepressant. Camcolit is a variety of Lithium which is a long-standing mood-stabilizer, and may help to reduce the mood swings in both directions. Your dilemma sounds like one of the reasons I like CBT in conjunction with medication, as you need to learn how to recognize earlier stages of the mood swings before they become too severe, so that treatment can handle this before they get out of control. Maybe one idea of the diary is that you could keep note of many aspects of your mood and state of mind, so you can look back on it and see patterns, and recognize early warning signs, like changes in sleep, appetite, and so on.
Camcolit / Lithium is an interesting and chemically very simple medication, which has a special charactertistic, in that one can relatively easy measure blood levels, and the aim is to find the right dose which keeps the blood levels of Lithium within the right limits. Too low and it will have no benefit, too high and one can get toxic side-effects, with no increase in benefits. So a question of whether to take more or less of it should depend on a blood test, rather than a theoretical idea. And don't feel at all daft about asking your shrink such questions --- any sensible shrink really appreciates it, as it shows the presence of an intelligent patient working sensibly on moving towards their own cure / control.
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