I feel much like you Crissi, when it comes to the meds. They scare the devil out of me. I've not taken lamictal or risperdal but may be starting a new med soon. I've recently had to quit my abilify due to terrible anxiety and panic attacks. I too am VERY sensitive to medications and am always uncertain about
starting a new med. I've heard good things about
both the drugs you've been prescribed though, so I wouldn't worry too much.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.