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Re: Lamictal and SAMe --Miriamne

Posted by Miriamne on June 13, 2001, at 15:58:36

In reply to Re: Lamictal and SAMe --Miriamne, posted by Roo on June 13, 2001, at 12:33:07


Actually, my doctor suggested Neurontin first before he mentioned the Lamictal-- maybe I'll end up trying that, depending on where the next few weeks take me... I was interested to hear that it does not seem to "dull" your feelings. I will keep this in mind in the seemingly endless search for the right drug for me.

I'm not sure what level of detail you would like re my symptoms, but the short description would be that I am mostly depressed, alternating with periods of agitation (guess I got shortchanged in the euphoria department when they were handing out Bipolar II symptoms!). The depression is made up of overwhelming sadness, hopelessness, tiredness,a sense of being cut off from everything because it is either too emotionally painful or too much effort; the agitation is made up of anger (at myself and others), lack of focus, racing thoughts, restlessness, inability to concentrate or complete anything but the most basic tasks, and anything requiring decision-making is so difficult that I end up either crying or raging about it.

I suspect I will end up going back to some form of antidepressant plus a mood-stabilizer, and simply having to live with the side effects. It would be great if the SAMe helped, but I don't see any results yet with the "feeling" part of this-- it does get me moving, but that's not the whole story, of course, and if it moves me into agitation, that's not going to work for the long run, obviously. I hate the waiting, but we'll see.

I do appreciate your comments-- all of this is a big help. What kind of art do you make?




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