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Re: Lamictal

Posted by fluffy on July 13, 2003, at 14:21:33

In reply to Re: Lamictal Barbara Cat, posted by Jennifer N. on July 13, 2003, at 12:29:06

Hi again Jennifer!

Wow--sounds like a REALLY bad experience with the Li. But you can cross it off your list, and persue other options...there are still lots out there. Did Tegretol help at all with the 'up' part for you? Maybe if the Lamictal doesn't do it alone, you could put them together?

--I'm not sure what they will give me next if the Lamictal doesn't work for me long-term. I hope that it does...

Just keep up with it and cross that bridge if you come to it! I have a tendency to think "what if I get ill? then what? Aghhhh!!! Is there any hope for a pathetic inidividual like me???? " and so on and so forth. You are not alone in this fear, ESPECIALLY if you've just been diagnosed and have had problems with the first few meds!! I'm there with you!

--Since I have started to feel better this week, some realties in my life came to light in my world. I was able to accept the amount of debt I have in my life. I decided to apply for a part-time job working for Home Depot on some evenings and weekends on top of my 8:30-5:00, M-F job. My husband applauded this, but I am afraid that I may be setting myself up for a huge crash...taking on too many things at once too soon.

--Does anybody have any advice for me? Has anyone else experienced the initial sudden high of "feeling a little better", take too much on, and then crash? I don't know what I should do, but I'm tired of putting my life on hold for this stupid disease!


My only advice to you is to take note of this desire...maybe make SMALL steps towards them, but don't make any rash moves. IF you are feeling manic-ish, then give it some time and see if you feel the same in a week or so.
I say this out of experience, because I also need to get out of debt SERIOUSLY, and I want to get on with my career as an artist. I've been out of the studio for months now, and haven't written for any grants or exhibitions. I've slowly started to work again, and I've made baby steps towards my goals. When I look back, I can feel proud at what I can accomplish, even if it is more slowly than before.

Another job can be too much stress. And stress can trigger episodes. Will the stress of a new job eclipse the stress of being in debt? Something to consider. (I'm one to talk--I'm moving AND considering taking a part time job to pay MY debts!) Is there anything that you can do at home that you enjoy that you could do to make money? Perhaps crafts or something? Also--can you take smaller steps towards fiscal responsibility like finding lower interest rates on your loans? Maybe Consumer Credit Counseling? Just a thought.

I hope I gave good advice. (It made me feel better to talk to you! Sounds like we are in a similar boat!) Keep in touch.

Katy


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