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Has anyone had emotional blunting from medication?

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I’ve got emotional blunting from lithium. Seeing pdoc next week to hopefully get reduction. It’s going to take months to feel better. I’m really worried. It’s been a real struggle.
 
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I’m really worried about coming off lithium and onto something like epilim and maybe having a manic episode.
 
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Yes I am on antipsychotics and emotional blunting is a real problem for me .
 
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Killed my sex drive and made me less emotional and more cold.

When I was on the tipping edge of getting sacked and needed to defend myself instead of getting emotional and find ways to keep my job, I literally told him to go stuff his job up his backside.
 
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I am on antipsychotics and the affective-flattening is a big issue for me.
 
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I’m seeing pdoc on Wednesday so hopefully he can put me on something else and take me off the lithium. I’m worried he might not do anything cause I had a dry kidney at last blood test. Hopefully that won’t be a big deal.
 
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I did have emotional blunting to start with
which is why I didnt want medication
I can see now why I had to have it
because I was a crazy person going around
shouting and screaming at everyone

I think gradually your body gets used to the medication
and the emotions are able to come through again

:hug:
 
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I was on lithium for 15 years and it was fine, but since September, when I took an nsaid, contraindicated to lithium, I’ve had severe emotional blunting and cognitive dulling. I’m desperate to get off the lithium and get something else instead like valproic acid. It shouldn’t be a big deal but it is.

I agree with you zoe1, there are times I don’t want medication at all, but like you I just have to remember how crazy I was and that’s enough to banish those thoughts.

However, I live with my mom who is bipolar. She’s been off lithium and episode free for almost 30 years.
 
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