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girlfriend said she got prescribed lithium for "stress"

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I don't think I've ever heard of a dr presribing lithium for stress. Then again some dr's prescribe pills like crazy, so I guess it's possible.
Yeah starting to think it might be a lie as to whats really going on.
 
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Yeah starting to think it might be a lie as to whats really going on.
Many people keep their mental health a secret from everyone. For leaving and coming back like nothing happened is a way to hide the secret. Staying around could easily escalate the possibility of an episode, which wouldn't be easy to explain. An increase of stress and anxiety situations are common triggers to uncontrollable manic rage. I wouldn't get to upset about the lies because it's probably how she deals with her condition. When you're use to handling a situation a certain way it becomes second nature and difficult to change.

Many people have a stereotype towards people with mental indifferences. Her past honesty may have resulted in an negative impact in her life. Fear of aloneness and being unloved can cause many people to fall into depression. Someone that's bipolar can fall into a depressed or manic state that can last anywhere from a week to several months without the ability to snap out of it. Manic and depression episodes aren't pleasant or something those that's bipolar want to experience.

For long term relationships to succeed you need honesty and understanding of one another. The choices you make can greatly alter your future so think long and hard about what you really want in life. No one is perfect and all relationships are challenging and requires work to last.
 
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Many people keep their mental health a secret from everyone. For leaving and coming back like nothing happened is a way to hide the secret. Staying around could easily escalate the possibility of an episode, which wouldn't be easy to explain. An increase of stress and anxiety situations are common triggers to uncontrollable manic rage. I wouldn't get to upset about the lies because it's probably how she deals with her condition. When you're use to handling a situation a certain way it becomes second nature and difficult to change.

Many people have a stereotype towards people with mental indifferences. Her past honesty may have resulted in an negative impact in her life. Fear of aloneness and being unloved can cause many people to fall into depression. Someone that's bipolar can fall into a depressed or manic state that can last anywhere from a week to several months without the ability to snap out of it. Manic and depression episodes aren't pleasant or something those that's bipolar want to experience.

For long term relationships to succeed you need honesty and understanding of one another. The choices you make can greatly alter your future so think long and hard about what you really want in life. No one is perfect and all relationships are challenging and requires work to last.

Thank you, I assume you don't necessarily believe that someone would get prescribe lithium for stress.

I think you have hit on a lot of points accurately
 
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Lithium is not prescribed for stress but for bipolar disorder. I'm not sure your girlfriend is lying about this as someone else has suggested, but she may be in denial about having the illness - many people are when they are first diagnosed. Or, as someone else has said, it could be she doesn't want to share about it yet. 'Stress' is a catch-all term but really refers to anxiety and there are several anti-anxiety drugs available. A psychiatrist is more likely to prescribe CBT or other talking therapies to help her deal with anxiety, unless it is severe when s/he might give an anxiolytic (to control anxiety).
I would carry on supporting her, but do remember to look after yourself as well; and bear in mind you will need to be in it for the long haul if she has a severe form of bipolar. If she has it mildly, she may rarely relapse, especially with medication and psychiatric support. But if she ends up with BP 1 like me, it's for the rest of her life. I wish you both well. The Ginger Kitten.
 

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