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Diagnosed with bipolar, anxiety and PTSD. I was started on lamotrigine 2 months ago at 25 mgs. They start at small doses to keep side effects down. You may not feel any relief the in the first weeks but hang in there. I am now on 150 mgs. and feeling much better. Your doctor can prescribe some meds. for certain side effects. For example, I am having trouble sleeping for now so my doctor ordered Vistaril which is usually a safe, calming medicine that is cheap. Also, having some sporadic diarrhea and my doctor suggested I take Immodium (over the counter) until this side effect stops.
I have a 26 year history of taking antidepressants, antianxiety, and antipsychotic meds for unipolar depression. None of these have helped because I was not correctly diagnosed until a couple of years ago. Most antidepressants can send a person into mania or cause irritability but lamotrigine acts to stabilize the mood. My doctor won't prescribe an antidepressant until my mood is stable. Another thing that gives me hope is having a peer support group which another woman and I started and is associated with dbsalliance. Just knowing someone who experiences the same symptoms is wonderful. Good luck.
I also take lamictal/lamotrigine but for petit mal epilepsy. I agree, lamictal might cause depression/anxiety as you get a correct dosage for you. My doctor prescribed hydroxyzine pamoate for anxiety, I started at a lower dosage of lamictal and gradually went higher. Perhaps you need something similar. I also take 2/150 mg in morning and 2/150 mg at bedtime. I am not a doctor or nurse, just someone who thinks I might help you since I have had much the same problem with the same med.
Has your doctor ever put you on Paxil and Xanax by chance? I myself have struggled with GAD and panic attacks and I have found relief with these two medications along with taking a multivitamin, fish oil and vitamin B complex. I have also found exercising to help with the anxiety as well. I try to stay busy to try to take control of those crippling feelings when I feel that I am about to have a panic attack. When I feel one coming on that's when I take my .25 mg of Xanax and start cleaning, exercising anything to get my mind to focus on something else until those feelings subside. Hope this advise can help.
I had tons of broken relationships because they could "never make me happy" (I was always irritated and did better - but was more sad - alone), and had the racing thoughts and aggravation all the time because I kept wanting to 1) read so many books, 2) watch so many movies 3) do so many crafts, etc Etc ETC!!! That I was frustrated all the time as I couldn't do them all. I was tired, depressed, isolated from family and friends, HORRIBLE anxiety - both generalized and social, and I knew if I lost my job, that would be it; I'd either end it all or check myself into the 'funny farm.'
Thirty years of therapy, doctors trying every antidepressant, me reading every self-help book out there on codependency or any other thing I could find that might help save a relationship (eventually amassing an enormous collection), even went to school to get a psych degree to learn more about abnormal psychology and hopefully find some answers for myself along the way.
Then my doctor retired. I found a new one. Within a month, she put me on Lamictal. Within 4 months I was up to 200mg/day. My social anxiety completely disappeared, as did the anger.
I was then diagnosed as depressive BIPOLAR! The antidepressants were only making me WORSE! So I was finally placed on an atypical antipsychotic, and I felt like a changed person overnight.
I still had some issues with anxiety, and I was taking Klonopin, which I was unhappy about, because of its' addictive qualities, so recently, I started taking Buspar (Buspirone) three times/day, and it doesn't work when I just swallow the pill, but if I let it melt sublingually or on my tongue, it works like a dream. I'm tapering off of Klonopin now.
See, there IS hope. Don't be afraid to try new things, and don't just wait for your doctor to tell you what you need to know. It sounds like he's a crappy communicator. Maybe write each question down on a notepad and ask him every single one before he gets to jump up and run out of the room. You deserve quality healthcare, and an opportunity to feel comfortable about what you're putting in your body by following his instructions.
I personally think he's moving really slow but is starting you out so low on the Lamictal. I know why he's doing it, to avoid Stevens-Johnson syndrome, but 12.5 mg? Come on, give me a break. You're not going to really be in a therapeutic range until you're between 100 mg to 200 mg. Just keep that in mind and don't give up. Also, keep in mind that the medication builds on top of itself like layers to a cake so, after you've been on a new dose for a few weeks, it will actually start to increase its effectiveness in your bloodstream, and you'll start to see an improvement at that same dose that you wouldn't have noticed when you first started the new dose.
I wish you the best of luck! Take good care! Meg :-)
I hope you're feeling better. You should try talking with someone about your problems or try finding a hobby you enjoy. Anxiety is a tricky beast and can be triggered at anything and anywhere so finding something you enjoy doing will really help you. If it's school/work related, try taking a few deep breaths and know you'll get through it! Reassure yourself
Hi m rowan I'm matty.
New to this site but by just asking for help it's gotta be a start. I have terrible anxiety issues and it's a day to day struggle. I find it's always worse before I've got to go out or to a meeting or social events. I know it can be harder for others but I find once I actually stop over thinking things and force myself to just go do what has to be done it usually ends up turning out to say a good night out, a good meeting etc. I think alot of anxieties comes from worrying to much about what other people are thinking. Probably not helped much but hope you can overcome this as before you know it will be to late and you'll have many regrets.
I suffer from depression and anxiety also not nearly as bad as most I don't think mine's more intermittent but when it does hit I feel like my whole world is crashing I just found out I'm pregnant with baby number four and I got out of the emergency room last night and I'm in excruciating pain I'm not real sure where yet I've got another doctor's appointment tomorrow but my heart goes out to you because I've been where you are and I hope your meds help you
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