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Posted by Minnie-Haha on September 3, 2004, at 16:17:15

In reply to Re: SLS, posted by linkadge on September 3, 2004, at 7:35:18

> So if you don't think you're bipolar, what do you think that the mood stabalizers are doing for you? Does the trileptal make you depressed? I found trileptal did not help my anxiety one bit.

I've wondered if it (Trileptal) depresses me somewhat, but I also think it might keep me from slipping into DEEP depression, if that makes sense. I don't think it helps my anxiety directly (hence the need for the Ativan), but when I have a few especially anxious/sleep-deprived nights (like when I try to go without the Ativan), I think it helps me to keep from getting so depressed during the day. (I've never got so deep that I've seriously thought about suicide, but I'll get to where I imagine that death would be such a relief. That kind of crap.)

Plus, mood stabilizers seem to be what my psychiatrists are most willing to give me. I was actually on Lamictal for a couple of months, ramping up on it very gradually, and thought I saw my depression starting to lift when I got a rash and my old psychiatrist yanked me off it, even though I'm convinced the rash was not life threatening. (We were on vacation and I had used a new sunscreen. Between the sun, which I'm super-sensitive to anyway, and the new sunscreen, I think that's what caused the rash -- just on my forearms and chest -- and when I stopped using the sunscreen and took an antihistamine for a couple days, it cleared up fine.)

Thanks for all your feedback, by the way.




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