Posted by fluffy on February 27, 2004, at 10:35:51
In reply to Mind Racing, posted by bruce_w6 on February 27, 2004, at 10:01:59
Sorry to use the abbreviated terminology on you without saying what it means. Atypical AP means Atypical antipsychotic. I'm not trying to sway you one way or the other, but they are known to have helped some people in stopping racing thoughts (i.e. anti-manic properties). Also--anti-convulsants such as Depakote and Tegretol are more on the anti-manic side of things. They may suit your set of symptoms better if Lamictal doesn't work for the manicky stuff.
What you are experiencing is indeed called ruminating. And it is associated with hypomania or mania. I'm assuming your diagnosis is bipolar I or II? If so, then racing thoughts are the numero uno sign that you are getting hypomanic. In fact, I'm having that problem today. In the shower this morning and on my walk, my mind was jumping all over the place with fragmented thoughts. None of them coming to completion, therefore none of them making much sense.
Most everyone who is bipolar experiences this. Even when I'm depressed, I have repetetive, negative ruminations.
Keep trying with the Lamictal. I did find that it made me agitated at first. I stuck with it and gave it a fair trial (4 months) and found that it didn't do as much as i needed as monotherapy. I've read by some on this board, though that it helped tremendously. In the end, I've stuck with Depakote, as it has controlled more of my symptoms.
Have you told your doctor about the racing thoughts? He may be able to prescribe something like an atypical AP (low dose). Try not to dig your heels in yet about any particular drug because it sounds like you are very new to this and fairly medication naive (meaning you haven't gone through the gamut of meds). If you are new to this, then drugs like LITHIUM and ANTIPSYCHOTICS sound really scary. But they are just another set of chemicals out there to help regulate the problems you are having. So you have lots of hope for future help if Lamictal doesn't cut the mustard alone.
Best of luck,