I hear you about the love life and meds..lol of course I have been on them so long my whole endocrine system is messed up I think that is why I miscarried a few months back. So I am just working on fixing everything...(:
The Armour is good except I cant take it with my meds. I was taking Wellbutrin and my heart starting racing and I had all kinds of side effects. Now that I am off the Wellbutrin and taking supplements for my adrenals as well I am doing good on the Armour. I have heard if you have adrenal exhaustion you need to treat this first before thyroid as things can be worse so that is what I did and I am fine as far as that goes. Thank God cause I felt like I was dying for a week there back a few weeks ago. I have heard of Cymbalta but I have never tried it. I dont do very good on SSRI's at all including Effexor so I have decided to treat my bipolar another way. I had some muscle testing done and found out I am allergic to eggs, chicken, sugar, caffeine, and Vitamin A for some reason...(although she said I cant stop that) I also was very sensitive to Mercury meaning I probably have High Mercury in my body. I didnt get to finish all of the testing but I am hoping to find out the underlying cause of why I am having bipolar symptoms..(sorry to answer your question I was diagnosed 5 years ago) but I have had problems starting much younger.
5-HTP is good but watch out for mania you need to get the right dose. My Naturapth told me 3 pills 150mg a day was all I needed. I am also taking Omega 3 (3/day) but I just started that. This overtime will help repair all of the damage done to my brain from the meds I took.
I am currently doing Colonix and a parasite Cleanse..along with Candida like Diet.
I was first diagnosed Generalized Anxiety with Depression as well. I dont know for sure since I had so many diagnsosis that I dont know if it is true bipolar or not. All I know is I want to feel better. Therapy to me was more effective then any med I took but right now I cannot afford to see my old therapist. He is the only one that has ever helped me so going to a cheap therapist wouldnt work. My therapist does not think I have real Bipolar but it is a severe cause of PTSD ...(Hence all the diansosis usually can come back to that)