I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2005. But over the years as I became more educated about it, I was like "Hey? I'm not manic, I don't do these crazy, wild things that they say bipolar people do! I'm just majorly depressed!" Now I feel idiotic!!
Should I be on Lamictal if I'm NOT bipolar?
Question posted by taiowa72 on 10 Nov 2012
Last updated on 6 October 2022
If you read up on it you'll find that mood stabilizers like Lamictal are commonly prescribed for Major Depressive Disorder and also for Bipolar Depression.
Not all Bipolars have manic or hypomanic episodes. Someone with Bipolar 11 may have only had one mild hypomanic episode and bipolar depression doesn't include mania/hypomania.
I've been taking a mood stabilizer with an antidepressant for years and the combination is much more effective than an antidepressant alone.
Never been bipolar
My Daughter is 15. She was diagnosed with ADHD after attempting to take her life a year ago. She appears to be doing ok. Her therapist wants to put her on Lamictal. She is on so many meds and I am just concerned that we are sending the wrong message to her.
There have been many events over the years that would cause anyone to be depressed in our lives. What is different than saying I'm depressed let me smoke a joint or drink a bottle of wine. Drugs cannot be the only answer.
I don't know if I am exactly bipolar, but I have always suffered from terrible depressions and extreme moodiness. After being off Lamictal for awhile, I have just gone back onto it as the moodiness and irritability has really been affecting my relationships negatively. I have found, before, that this medication is the only one that stabilizes my moods in a pleasant way, without compromising my creativity or passion, and without "flatlining" my vibrant and colourful, quirky, eccentric personality.
Hi, I'm not an m.d. But I can tell you that my son is not bipolar but on the autism spectrum d endures mood dysregulation. Lamictal is a great stabilizer. I ambipar and take it with lithium. I needed it because it'll idea a lift vs being so stable I'm "flatlining." Good luck to u.
What sort of side effects? You have me worried now.
if your not manic then you shouldnt be on it cause it can have side affects on you cause ur not manic
Hello taiowa72. Lamictal is perscribed for the treatment of various seizures in Epilepsy and in the treatment for Bipolar Disorder. Regards pledge
Lamictal is a mood stabilizer that can help in depression. I took it for several years and never felt better in my life. I'm not bipolar either, but it sure helped those temporary plunges into depression you have even when on an anti depressant.
- Lamictal uses and safety info
- Lamictal information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side effects of Lamictal (detailed)
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