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Catherine581
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/1/2009 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello....I have been feeling very flat (lack of emotions) and incredibly unmotivated, uninterested in everything, lazy, ect. Its hard to describe but I often feel compelled to want to drink to escape from the flatness. Does anyone else feel this way? I have been on lamictal now for 4 months, and am up to 150mg. I am also taking 5mg abilify a day and a very small dose of klonipin for anxiety. Does anyone else experience this extreme boredom? Its so bad that it makes me very depressed in a different sort of way than I was without the medication (not as painful as then). I am very confused and cannot tell if it is from the medication or because of how my life is right now. I have talked to my doctor about it and she just tells me that this flatness is an inevitable side effect that I must deal with. I cannot take anti depressants because they make me manic. Without my current meds I have severe depression and anxiety. I am not sure what to do because I am not driven to do anything like before in my past. I am 25 and living with my parents with no job and and am having a very difficult time trying to find one. If anyone has any advice I would greatly appreciate it! Thank you.

serafena
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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Catherine,

It does sound like you're depressed, it also sounds like if you could take an anti-depressant the doc could tweak that. I don't think it's a side effect, I think it's breaking through. But unfortunately you're going to have to find other ways to deal with the depression than meds.

Do you see a therapist? That would be my first stop.

Next, you need to make an unbreakable routine of getting out of the house everyday. Like going for a walk or to a cafe.

Good luck,
serafena
Serafena
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Catherine581
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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarafena,

Thank you very much for the post - I agree about going out of the house...it is really important since I am at home all day. (I live with my parents and help out my dads company at home). I am currently seeing a therapist who is helpful. The only problem is that Im trying to figure out if Id be better off with or without the meds. With the meds I have good and bad moods and without them I have no moods at all...Its a tough decision. .....
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