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Re: Borderline personality: serzone + what?

Posted by Deb on July 19, 1999, at 0:20:49

In reply to Re: Borderline personality: serzone + what?, posted by Elizabeth on July 16, 1999, at 23:32:54

> Naltrexone may work for dissociative episodes, I don't think it will help with the rages. Two things sometimes help with rage or anger attacks: anticonvulsants (valproate (Depakote), carbamazepine (Tegretol), lamotrigine (Lamictal), etc.) and antidepressants (SSRIs (Prozac, etc.) and MAOIs (Nardil, etc.) mainly). Sometimes stimulants can work also, just as they do in ADHD. People with BPD and ADHD say that these drugs help them to be less over-reactive to things that make them angry or frustrated.
> Benzodiazepines (Xanax in particular) should probably be avoided, as should tricyclic antidepressants.
> BTW, what specifically does your daughter feel the Serzone has been helping with? SSRIs (Prozac, etc.) and Effexor seem to be more common treatments for BPD.
> Good luck to you and to's a hard condition to deal with. Having a supportive family makes it easier for her, though, no doubt.

Thanks, Elizabeth. We've tried to be as supportive as possible since we learned her diagnosis, but my psych. tells me this disorder is not only difficult to live with, but to treat as well. She says the serzone keeps her "low" periods less severe than before. Yes, she has also been diagnosed with bipolar tendencies, and we're looking for a med to supplement the serzone which would curb the "high" times. She will spend all her paycheck in one day and give away anything she has just because she thinks someone wants it. She always regrets her impulsive actions later, but by then the harm is done; and dwelling on it just helps bring on a low mood. I've already gotten some leads from these posts that I am following up, and I want to thank you all for your support and just listening. This is a bright, witty young womam with her whole life in front of her. Sure would like to make it as "normal" for her as possible. Again, thanks you all so much.




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