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Lamictal-induced obsessiveness

Posted by porkpiehat on July 21, 2020, at 15:59:30

It's finally official! My therapist finally recognized/diagnosed today what I had been saying for years (but been shrugged off): Lamictal is creating obsessive behavior in me, perhaps hypomania.

I was reading back to him some notes from my "diary" that happened to include "I am unable to listen to anything due to the racing thoughts and imaginary confrontations after I take my lamictal" I had also told him several times that my motivation increases and depression lessens but, at the same time, the ruminations stop me from sinking into my emotions in any kind of "present" way.

That's 100 percent obsessional, he told me, which he has observed at other times. And obsession is the mind's way of glossing over complicated feelings, moving your existence completely into left-brain.

So I search "lamictal-induced obsession" and found several studies indicated this. I Have been describing this phenomenon since I began taking this drug and have gotten ZERO serious consideration about it.

Now I have to figure out what to do with the information! I haven't been able to drop too low on lamictal and function.

Anyone found something similar? Have you found a way to offset this quality? I've tried gabapentin 100mgs for two days and have to fight with mental cloudiness, but I'll be damned if I don't get a little emotionality back, less avoidance of interactions and responsibility. *scratching head emoji*




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