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mogli
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   Posted 10/14/2008 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,
 
I've been depressed for a few weeks now, and over the last few days I've been at my lowest.  I did call my pdoc and he adjusted my Lamictal (increase 25mg) last Wednesday.
 
Here is what is going through my mind:
 
My bp is mostly fighting the episodes of depression/mixed states or rapid cycling.  I truly feel that all (or most of them) bp meds out there are geared towards stabilizing mania symptoms.  I just don't see the results when dealing with the depressive side.  I've been on a lot of them too, so it's not like I'm just talking like this b/c I'm depressed and the combo I'm on right now doesn't work.  I am sure more adjustments need to be made.  But as far as trying another med, I've been there.  And when you sit down and read about all these medications how many of them talk about dealing with depressive symptoms or have antidepressant properties in them?
 
Anyway, feeback is welcome and I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves.
Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Risperdal .5mg/day & Lamictal 250 mg/day


twisted71
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   Posted 10/14/2008 4:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry that you are depressed right now. I know it can be hard. I am just starting to come out of a depression. I don't know if it is because my pdoc put me on abilify or not but it seems to be helping. Are you on an anti-depressant right now? If not maybe the doc could put you on one or if you are then maybe change it. I am sorry I am not much help. I just wanted to let you know that I know how you feel and you aren't alone.
AJL
 
I don't suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it!


Diskus
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   Posted 10/14/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi There,

Mi fiance has severe depressive episodes and this last one landed him in the hospital. He's had excellent treatment for a while now, but our pdoc has told us time and again that bipolar depression is the hardest to treat. His current cocktail consists of lithium, lamictal (we love lamictal), and lexapro (an activator, so to speak). This has worked wonders for him. I know that when he was his most depressed, he would have welcomed his mania back with open arms.

 

Please just try to be patient, it will get better. It will. I"m sorry you're feeling like this now b/c I know it is physically and mentally incapaciting.


Georgie Girl
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   Posted 10/14/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Mogli

Are you on an antidepressant too, in addition to the Lamictal?  My pdoc says I have to be on an AD as well as the Lamictal.

GG


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serafena
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   Posted 10/14/2008 5:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes mogli, tell us your combo. I'm depressive all the time and need to be on antidepressants in my cocktail. Have you got any?

serafena
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mogli
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   Posted 10/18/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you all for your support.  It is much appreciated, especially now.  So notice how the answer was "antidepressants" to be involved in my meds cocktail.  I could not agree more.  It seems that each time we take that part out of my combo, the depression episodes are back.  I just think it's interesting because this proves my point.  Mood stabilizers are not what heals the depressive symptoms, antidepressants are.  And technically we as bipolar patients are not supposed to use antidepressants for treatment because it causes mania/hypomanica/and/or cycling.

It just seems so frustrating and yet interesting to me.

Anyway, I sould be seeing my pdoc Monday morning.  And I think I'm looking into Lexapro (thanks for the suggestion Diskus) but I would like to know about wieght gain with this drug.  Any knowledge would be great...

Thinking of all of you,

PS-Meds I am on now are listed below, execpt the Lamical is now 275mg/day.


Mogs
 
Bipolar II, Anxiety/Panic Disorder
Clonazepam .5mg as needed, Risperdal .5mg/day & Lamictal 250 mg/day


serafena
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   Posted 10/18/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I'm real observant! *laughing* So there your meds are.

I'm on Lexapro and I haven't seen any weight gain (and I'm in no place to gain any more, so I would notice.)

It does seem like a paradox taking AD's with mood-stabilizers, but it works for me and thank heavens it does. I hope you and your doc can figure something out for you.

be well,
serafena
Serafena
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fast1toochase
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   Posted 10/18/2008 8:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I AM ON ABILIFY AND LAMICTAL AND THEY SEEM TO HELP WITH THE DEPRESSION AND THE SEREQUAL IS HELPING. WHEN I WAS DEPRESSED AND FAST THEY UP MY SERWQUAL AND THAT SEEM TO DO THE TRICK. HOPE THAT CAN HELP  sorry i forgot and used capetal letters i have to stop that.

Post Edited (fast1toochase) : 10/22/2008 7:48:50 PM (GMT-6)

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