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I avoided taking my medications for 8 years because the side effects (lethargy and sexual) made life unbearable and I choose to be in denial and take no meds. Now I was hospitalized recently and read about bipolar and am no longer in denial, but I just can't live with those side effects either. Is anyone going through this and are there any answers.
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replied October 11th, 2009
"Is anyone going through this and are there any answers"

You are dealing with the same questions I am dealing with. I have been getting treated for about two years.
I take Abilify and Wellbutrin. They call it anhedonia no lethargy. Anhedonia ! the feeling of no pleasure. I have been struggling with this since last year when I started the abilify. I complained about it enough until they finally referred me to ECT. I don't complain anymore.
I mean I am not going to go throught the ECT and it seems like a last resort so I figure they don't have an answer. However: it seems like the anhedonia is wearing off a bit. I think what's really happening is that we are adjusting to a new level of energy. I am Bipolar I and have been manic for a long time. I am used to going
100 mph in every direction. I don't have that kind of energy anymore so it seems like the world has slowed down. I don't do half as much as I used to.
Libito ! I don't know if it's just my age or if it is the medications but my libito recently died. Because I have an older brother ( 1 year older ) and he says his libito died that it is my age rather then the meds. I do plan to visit my doctor in the very near future and discuss the idea of Viagra....
It sounds like you are going through exactly the same stuff I have been experiencing. I have been very stressed out about it. But I am finally beginning to realize I don't have much choice. It's either the meds or the nut house again and that aint no fun either. I think we are both going to have to get used to our side effects. Good luck
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