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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/8/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks. Just joined today. Diagnosed with Bipolar II (heavier on the depression than the mania), and am taking several meds over the past several years. I use a service dog to help with the anxiety, and the tardive dyskenisia I got from another psych drug a few years ago. Thank goodness for the dog! I am currently concerned about the Lamictal I am taking - my memory sucks and my concentration at work is suffering. So here iI am to talk, listen and join in. Thanks.

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   Posted 6/8/2009 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi taxismom5,

Welcome to the depression board. I hope you find lots of supportive conversation here. Everyone's great. Depression and anxiety worsen memory and concentration for sure, and the med may be worsening it. If you can't bear it, talk to your doc for sure. I also have BP II. Nice to meet you.

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   Posted 6/8/2009 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Taxismom,

Welcome to our group. I'm sorry to know you developed tardive dyskenisia from one of your meds, but glad to know you have a service dog to help you! I know you will find this to be an informative and supportive place to come and talk to others. Thanks for the introduction....I'll look forward to posting with you. :-)


"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."  ~Marcel Proust



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   Posted 6/9/2009 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
hey taxi,
some psych meds do cause td. know a few people who have it. i too sometimes. esp when i am super stressed. thx 4 your courage in posting. animals rule, my dog is my, and some of my friends anti-dep pill and therapy sessions!! give him/her a pat from me. jamie, male 37.
dx mdd, severe borderline personality disorder. look forward to sharing with you. oh, welcome!!

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   Posted 6/9/2009 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello Taxismom,

Welcome to HealingWell and the Depression Forum.  I am Kitt. I have a 26 year history of Depression.  :) 

I have found the support, validation and encouragement that I receive here, to be so helpful and healing. I hope and trust that will be your experience as a member of the HW family.

Some resources list "concentration problems" as a rare side effect of Lamictal. This is most certainly something you should discuss with your doctor.

Again a warm welcome to HealingWell.



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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi campers. Thanks for such a warm welcome - feels like y'all just gave me a big hug. I am going to call my doc today to set an appointment and also with my therapist. I have been feeling lke I am working really hard not to sink into the depression right now. Stress is definitely a factor: we had to put our German Shepherd to sleep last weekend (she was 12, and her death was very bad and painful) and my best friend just got news that she has breast cancer, and her daughter just had to put their older cat to sleep, and work is being a real push for me to stay on track and concentrating, etc. The TD is acting up, and I am working hard to do the things that help to prevent relapse. Nothing has ever been so hard, but I have come through it before. It is a chronic condition, as most of you know. The stable times are great, though, and worth the fight.

My dog is a Border Terrier mix named Twyla. I woke up this morning feeling very anxious - just a feeling of dread, and Twyla woke up, and came and layed across my body, licking my face and wagginy really hard. Who can stay anxious with that???

Again, thanks for your outreach to a newbie - it really helps.

- Gail and Twyla (psychiatric service dog) (check out the Psych Service Dog information on my website -

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 6/9/2009 10:24 PM (GMT -6)   
taxi, your inner reserves are serving you well. hard to dig deep in sad times, sorry about your 4 legged friend and to the person who lost theirs also. to your friend with bc i send healing luv to her and ofcourse you. keep posting, we are here for you. take care of you. jamie
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