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Re: Me and my situation

Posted by JohnX2 on October 28, 2001, at 0:47:10

In reply to Re: Me and my situation adamie, posted by judy1 on October 27, 2001, at 22:23:04

I think we are somewhat in agreement here.
Time to go down the more traditional bp
routes. Its possible you are bipolar II which
is often difficult to diagnosis. Atypical
depression symptoms anecdoctally accompany
bipolar II.

Here is my suggestion: start a Lamictal trial.
It has a very good track record here of treating
difficult bipolar depression. It is more likely
stimulating than sedating like other anti-convulsants.
I would just add this slowly under doctor supervision on
top of the zyprexa. Lamictal itself seems to
have some of the best anti-depressant effects
as well as mood stablization of the anti-convulsants
. The fact that zyprexa doesn't make things worse for you
is also an indicator that you may be bipolar (zyprexa treats
bipolar). According to Cam, when Lamictal was
studied for epilepsy it only helped a small portion
for the epilepsy itself, but curiously 2/3 of the
patients continued to take the med because it made
them feel better. This spurred a lot of interest
by psychiatrists with regards for its potential
in treating bipolar illnes.

I searched long and hard for a med to get me out
of a severe major depression, and lamictal saved
my life. I was left with residual dysthymia, but
have been able to tinker with meds on top of lamictal
to address this (currently zyprexa is working well).

I really wish you the best of luck. You have been
through a lot.

Anyone else agree with my thoughts here?
I'd like adamie to avoid going down more bad
paths, and I question moclobemide at this time.
Incidentally this is what I tried before lamictal.
Check the "levity" thread to see how much *hit i
tried before finding solice in lamictal. Not to
mention trying unsuccessfully all the non-traditional
routes you are recently asking about.

good luck!!!!!!!!!!

>1 Like John mentioned you seem to be suffering from an 'atypical' depression which is consistant with a bipolar diagnosis. The other consistant fact here is your worsening/non response to AD's- while zyprexa may be a decent choice, have you been tried on lithium or depakote? The best action you might want to try is see a bipolar expert, I may be wrong but I think it's turning into somewhat of a trendy diagnosis and one episode that was not psychotic or obviously manic may not warrent it. Either way your meds need to be reevaluated and I hope you feel better soon- Judy




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