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Re: Bipolar, Alcoholic, or Totally Normal? pork chop

Posted by catmint on January 17, 2003, at 2:21:15

In reply to Bipolar, Alcoholic, or Totally Normal?, posted by pork chop on January 16, 2003, at 21:35:34

>>Sometimes I'm great and I'm thinking, Wow, this Lamictal stuff is awesome. Other times I get sooooo low. I'm swinging throughout the day. I'm bored, antsy, restless and desperate. Once I start to feel better something minor will spiral me into an angry rage and then I wind up back in the same crappy depression that I just got out of. This happens almost every day.

Hello,
I'm sorry to hear that your not doing well. I was curious if you split your dose of Lamictal? I find that the antidepressent effects wear off after about 4 or 5 hours, so I take the larger of my dose in the morning, and a small amount 5 hours later.
I do understand that anger that you talked about. It can really spiral if you don't watch it. Are you exersicing at all? That can make a huge difference.
I think you would be doing better if you quit drinking. It makes the side effects of Lamictal worse. I know it seems like you won't have much of a social life, but once you stop, you begin to realize what your friendships are really based on. Do you have any friends that can hang out with you and not drink? Maybe instead of going to the bar after work, you could suggest checking out a local rock climbing gym or something of the sort.
I know it's hard, having a mental illness and trying to function like "everyone else"
Maybe you need some time off work. Can you do that?
Keep in touch. I hope you get stable soon.
Amy


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