My daughter is rapid-cycling

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   Posted 12/12/2008 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   

My daughter is rapid cycling and this is a real crisis. She has two 19 month old twins, however, her husband said he cannot take it anymore with her and she, as usual, quit her meds - Lamictal and Paxil.

My questions:

Is this a good med combination.

She is able to work; however, is intermittently irritable which is difficult to live with.

I would like to hear from others in similar situations please.

Thank you - BonnieMc

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Date Joined Jan 2008
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   Posted 12/12/2008 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Keep talking to her and encouraging her to take her meds. Her children need a healthy mother.

I think Lamictal is a great med. I have never taken Paxil but it may work very well for your daughter. The important question is: Do you, your daughter and her husband have faith in the doctor your daughter is seeing? It should be a psychiatrist, not a GP.

Your daughter must trust her doctor and follow his/her advice to the letter. It is the only way to good mental health. If she does not trust the doc, find another one.

Your daughter made the decision to have children. She must grow up now and take her meds to be healthy for them. Twin toddlers are a huge stress.

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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BonnieMc,

Welcome to Healing Well and the bipolar board.

It is crucial your daughter stay on her meds. If she doesn't feel they're working, then she needs to take that up with her psych. If she's rapid cycling, then she ought to be seeing her doc often.

Stress is SO bad for bipolars and she's in a bad place. Having one child is stressful, but two must be a real trial. If her husband isn't supporting her (I know bipolars can be a handful -- I really do!) then she's probably under even more stress. Talk her into seeing her psych, getting her meds reevaluated and getting a new cocktail -- something to help her calm down a bit. Does she have enough help with the kids?

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