It sounds like you have endured a lot with your family history. I am so sorry for your loses. Mental disorders, esp. going undiagnoised can be a living hell to the sufferer and family members sometimes ending in death. No one really knows the suffering, as in any other disease, unless they too have experienced it. I believe my father to have been undiagnosed with mental illness and self medicated with alcohol. Also, so many people that have mental/psychiatric symptoms do not stay on their medications or give them a chance to work.
I strongly believe that is talks time, patience, a good doctor and therapist, and a lot of research and support on our part to understand and treat this illness . And, the right medication of course. . And they may change, like yours did, for the better, and some will not respond that way.
I have worked some in the mental health field myself, studied it, and lived with it, but am not a professional. I helped with support group facilitation, and worked as a mental health advocate for a
state wide program in KY. KY-CAN Kentucky Consumer Advocate Network.
I have gone to workshops, ect. to learn how to best manage my own illness and help others when I can.
I do know that lamictal has been approved by the FDA for treatment both for depression and bp disorder. I take it for bp2, mood swings, rapid cycling, and depression. As far as I am concerned it is a life saver and does not seem to have the side effects of so many other drugs used for psychiatric symptoms. Is your doctor upping your dosage slowly? I take 200, but had to build up gradually because of a rash sometims associated with lamictal. It is rare, but it happens. Is it working well for your daughter? If so, it may very well work for you. It sounds like you are already getting some relief from the med changes. I am so glad!! I want to urge you to educate yourself as much as you can about
your illness. Knowledge is power and we are our own best advacate, and sometimes, unfortunately, our own worst critic and enemy too . :-( But that is the nature of this illness.
Well, I have said enough.
Welcome!!!. I found this site only a week ago. With the multiple health issues I have, and the bp, I feel so blessed to have found a site with message boards, chat rooms, and tons of information that adressses all this in one place. Not to mention all the great people that post and the moderators that help us. Af far as I am concerned, the support we get is half the battle. I hope you will keep coming back.
There is a site called remedyfind.com where consumers like ourselves rate the effectivness of the different medications, the side effects they have, and other information about
the medication's effects. There is information also about
medication and illnesses, ( written by professionals) for most all the medical issued addressed on this site. For me, these two sites are the best I have found to deal with my health issues.
BPolar and depression are discussed there too. lamictal is one of the medications rated by patients. It is the top one for bp.
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;
it is the sweet fragrance of grace."