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I have been on Lamictal for about 9 months now. Prior to this I literally felt that I was going crazy as my mood swings ranged from downright depressed to very angry. And they often changed several times in a day. Lamictal has made such a difference for me. It has kept my mood stable which in turn has helped me to focus better. I started off at 100 mg. but about one month ago my therapist (i.e. APRN) increased the dose to 150 mg as it didn't seem to be working as well anymore. This helped me to balance out again.
Good luck with whichever med. you end up trying. I feel for you. Mood swings are definately the worse!
What is your dx? Depression (of some type) or Bi-polar? I've never heard of ppl taking mood stabilizers unless they're bp. From my own personal experience, the mood stabilizers when taken alone (meaning not comibined w/any anti-depressants) made my depression worse. However it is also a well known fact that AD's increase mania or h-mania when used (by themselves) for treatment of bp or mood disorders.
So I think for me if I ever were to go back on meds, I would have to have a combination.
All meds are different. Do you have a pdoc? Definitely talk to him/her. I wonder what your mood swings are like? Is your pdoc aware? I was initially dx w/depression for years, but was really bp maybe all along, but definitely for the last few years.
It is extremely common for depression dx to come first and then eventually bp dx comes along.
Talk to your pdoc/doc, my thougts are with you. Moods swing/disorders are very tough.
Take care P.S. Awesome that you're doing the CBT!
Hey there, I wanted to wait and see what the members had to say about the mood stabliizers........................you know I am for you talking with your Dr. to get on one. Your moods are all over the place and I feel so sad to know you are feeling better and then crash daily.
Please take the advice here and see about the meds. You must advocate for you as no one is going to come strolling through the door with a magic pill.
So for you and your children, ask for the med and do not just say ok if they say naw..........I don't think so. You explain to them how your days are and see if they would like to live your life for a week.
You go girl........................this is Mum Kitt