Hi I am a 29 year old girl and have never been on any of these kinds of sites before. I was diagnosed with epilepsy 13 years ago the day of my 17th birthday! Happy Birthday huh? I have burried my head in the sand reguarding my epilepsy, I have ignored it in the hopes it would go away or I would try and pretended it was happening to someone else.
I currently take Topamax with a mix of other drugs and have also taken Tegretol in the past. Tegretol was an awful experience for me it changed my whole personality and I couldn't stop it. Normally I am a peaceful calm non aggresive person but Tegretol changed all that! I became angry aggresive and then one day exploded and I hit my Mum so hard I gave her a black eye (not my proudest moment) I didn't even know I had done it. I was very quickly removed from those drugs. I am currently on a mix of Topamax, Keppra & Zonisamide. Before I was put on the mix I was put on Topamax as the sole medication to try and control me but I suffered from sleepiness and depression so the dosage was reduced and other drugs added in. I still have very blue days but now they aren't as severe now the dosage has been reduced. I am still not controlled but I feel so much better in myself on a cocktail than a when I was on the max dose of Topamax. My specialist was talking about putting me on a low dose of anti depressents but I have decided to try and fight it myself and I now make more of an effort not to stay curled up on the sofa reading or watching TV and go out and see friends and family and I have to say it has worked for me. However we are not all the same so I wish you good luck and hope you find what works for you.