If lithium is really sucking for you though, ask about lamotrigine
. It has its risks, but it's weight neutral and is a great mood stabilizer if depression is your main issue. Buspirone would also be a good thing to look into for anxiety. It plays well with mood disorders, unlike SSRIs, and tends to have a very low side effect profile (after some initial constipation, I have zero discernible side effects from it). It doesn't work for some people, but it's definitely worth a try.