I can't remember which psychiatrist I had when we last spoke but I think it was my beloved Moonstone Woodstock. Well sadly Moonstone retired but was replaced by the wonderfully kind and sensitive "Sparrow". I was very fond of Sparrow but she too retired to pastures new. I now have "Fancy Prancy Shoes" who always wears wonderful colourful dancing shoes. Sadly Fancy Prancy has gone off on a years maternity leave... or perhaps a 12 month trip to Egypt to buy even fancier shoes.. we just don't know. I now have Mrs Schoolteacher CPN who is a bit of a preacher woman ( unlike the son of the preacher man she is not "the only one who could ever reach me"). Not surprisingly (but not bad news) is that Mrs Schoolteacher has been off sick for the past couple of months only to be replaced by Father Stone who is hardly the most animated person on the planet. To be fair he may be a bit dull but at least he is professional. I am probably just judging him by my bizarre standards and still grieving the loss of my wonderful shrinks.
As well as my Valproate, I am now on Lamotrigine 200mg daily as apparently it is more effective in folks who are predominantly depressed (as I am). I think my mood has been fairly stable over the past year. I have not been in hospital since last summer and have not had any severe mood swings in that time.
So in the meantime I shall try and move on up and try to get straight.