Posted by Bob on January 16, 2001, at 19:47:04
In reply to Re: Topabob, posted by phillybob on January 16, 2001, at 11:04:43
> > you mentioned in your posts awhile back when you were building up on the topirimate that you were thinking about adding some effexor or something to the mix to get some AD effect. i guess you now feel like you don't need that any longer?
> Well, I feel less likely to attempt to add something and more likely to be patient and take a let's see and let's get back on a schedule/routine attitude and see what happens attitude ... before I make any decisions ... which I think is good.
> It has only been just over 3 weeks, so it is VERY early. I have (as many of us) been there, done that. But, because this is not an AD and I'm not taking an AD or any OTHER meds whatsoever and everything I've read about mood stabilizers (well, it's not quite approved for such :) seems to point to efficacy for my situation, I am hopeful (which is always in and of itself a good input into helping a med be successful) that it might actually be the right thing for me.
> Sure, I'd like an AD or something more for a lift. That's my nature. Always has been. Probably always will be. Heck, I'm the type of person that when everything is going okay would probably just like ... to get high. But, maybe that's okay, once in a while. The rest of the time, sobriety (and I've never ever had any substance abuse problem whatsoever, so y'all know) is the way to go. Perhaps, topiramate (Topamax) will help me deal with the sobriety a little better because I sure as heck was having my share of troubles before.
> Well, this whole reporting on Psychobabble is very therapeutic for me, in the least. So thanks for listening (at least, I know you are listening Bob ... and for you others, if there are others, Bob is not me! :).
> I will keep posting. Later this evening, though, I am getting out of Dodge (actually, Philadelphia, of course) for the browner pastures of New York City until the weekend, so I don't think I'll be online much until then. If all works out with my health, my life, etc., I should be posting less frequently (but still updating), that's for sure (off my duff and working!) Regards, phillybob.
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Well... I hope the topomax works out for you, because then, it just may work out for me also (then we'll both be happy). I am in the first month of solo tompirimate treatment also, and definitely feel sometimes like I should be augmenting it with an AD. I have resisted that temptation however and, like you, have adopted a wait and see approach. The depression seems to be lightening up sometimes, but who the heck knows - it's way too early. Earlier in my psychopharmacological trials and travails, I was on Depakote for a good while - more or less solo. It was my only real prior experiment with an anti-seizure med, and looking back on it, there was more than adequate control of anxiety, and some control of depression, but almost no drive to do anything.