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Re: Lamictal and Trileptal catmint

Posted by Ron Hill on March 30, 2003, at 9:10:22

In reply to Re: Yo, Colin Wallace. Pick up the phone!, posted by catmint on March 30, 2003, at 1:55:00

Hi Amy,

> I'm not going to take Trileptal just yet, I'm still going to give the Lamictal only thing a few more months. One thing I have noticed is that I think I am becoming emotionally blunted, like I don't feel joy as much. It's not depression. The Lamictal is still good, but I wake up in the morning kind of angry and I'm sleeping too much.

Hmmm. In a small way the emotional blunting sounds similar to what SSRIs do to me. But not the anger.

Let me know what happens when you start taking the Trileptal. Why are you waiting? Are you concerned about possible side effects? I'm curious to see if it will help your irritability.

> I'm on disability and going through the whole vocational rehab thing which is making me worried. I have to decide what I want to be when I grow up! Seriously, it is bugging me cause I might need to go back to college to get a degree. We all know that BP is an illness that worsens with stress (the last time I was under some I flipped out).

Yeah, there is no question that stress can trigger scrambled brain chemistry for us BPs. Daily rigorous exercise is the best solution I have found to keep stress in check. I think you have found the same to hold true in your life.

> I am a single mother of a ten year old boy, and because of the choices I made, I have to accept my life as it is.

I bet you are a great Mom. Are you able to keep your BP II irritability in check when interfacing with your child? If this is a problem, are there any support groups available that could help you in this regard?

> Tonight I had 1/2 a beer (I rarely drink) and felt so mellow, not my usual irritable self). Do you think it's ok to drink?

Two or three beers do the same thing for me, and I love it. Focused, mellow, peaceful, socially outgoing, jovial, etc. But prolonged depression always follows starting the next day. Therefore, I have instituted a zero tolerance policy in my life with regard to alcohol.

> Speaking of beer!! Yes, I hope Colin is doing ok.

Me too.

> Thanks for your post Ron, How are you doing?

I'm doing very well, Amy. Thanks for asking. My 600 mg/day of Lithobid and 2.5 mg every four days of Enada NADH is still working.

-- Ron




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