July 30, 2009 at 4:35 pm (Adverse Effects, Anticonvulsants, Medicine/Meds)
Tags: Anticonvulsants, Lamictal, Lamictal withdrawal, lamotrigine, lamotrigine withdrawal, med withdrawal, medication, medication withdrawal, meds, psychotropic, psychotropics
I’m at half the starting dose now. This means my body still has trace amounts of the drug but it’s so low that it’s not really effective. Here are the side effects I’ve been experiencing:
- Major brain fog
- Dizzy spells
- Lethargy (ie, no energy)
I’m also having trouble losing weight but I can’t say for sure if that’s attributable to the medication. If you were on Lamictal or are on Lamictal, what side effects have you experienced?
July 27, 2009 at 1:45 pm (Anticonvulsants, Medicine/Meds, Personal)
Tags: anticonvulsant, Anticonvulsants, GlaxoSmithKline, GSK, Lamictal, Lamictal withdrawal, lamotrigine, medication, medications, meds, psychotropics
We are now beginning our descent into Lamictal-free Airport. Please make sure your previous medications are stowed and that your side effects are fully behind you.
At this time, we request that you turn off all dependence on psychiatric devices.
Federal regulations require that you put your seat belt on in the event of any side effects. We hope you enjoyed your flight on GSK Airlines and hope to see your business again on a future medication.
Once again, ladies and gentlemen, we are now at 12.5 mg and are beginning our descent into Lamictal-free Airport.
(Photo source: Wired.com)
July 26, 2009 at 12:09 am (Quotes)
Tags: Abbe' D'Allanival, alternatives, choice, quotations, quote, quote of the week, Quotes
The more alternatives, the more difficult the choice. — Abbe' D'Allanival
July 19, 2009 at 11:27 am (Quotes)
Tags: Dale Carnegie, faith, hope, quotations, quote, quote of the week, Quotes
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by
people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
— Dale Carnegie
July 16, 2009 at 2:55 pm (PPD, Pregnancy)
Tags: Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act bill, MOTHERS Act, postpartum, postpartum depression, PPD
I’ve written about the MOTHERS Act in the past but recently there has been much debate swirling around it. There are those actively against it (Amy Philo, Doug Bremner) and those actively for it (Katherine Stone, John Grohol). I’m going to refrain from voicing my personal opinion on the act from here on out since I’m seeing tensions run rather high and I don’t care to have those tensions directed at me.
But I haven’t seen anyone link to the Congressional bill recently so before engaging in debate, I encourage people to read the actual bill for themselves and come to their own conclusions. It’s actually short (unlike our current 1,000-plus-page universal healthcare bill) and a relatively easy (see “understandable”) read.
S. 324 the most recent version I know of. If there’s a more recent version, please comment to let me know.
July 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm (Personal)
Do you work and struggle with depression? How do you handle your really low days? I'm finding it almost impossible to get through the day and feel like the world is caving in on you?
July 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm (Personal)
I'm getting lazy so I might stay with Typepad for a while. How I'll fund the $12/month crack habit is yet to be determined.
By the way, if you're receiving this via blog feed and haven't seen my actual photo yet, it's up now. If you're following me on Twitter or a Facebook friend (or know me in person!), it's nothing new.
July 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm (Personal)
People have been asking how my withdrawal has been going lately. Well, I’m not out of the woods yet.
I’m down to 25 mg and will probably be ultra-conservative and taper down to 12.5 mg. I might even be a real coward and do 10 mg for 2 weeks then 5 mg for 2 weeks.
Overall, I’ve been fatigued and I suffer from feeling slow and stupid. I guess that would be a lack of mental clarity. A few people have told me they already miss the blog’s news and regular updates. Truth be told, I put hours of time and research into those things and I no longer have the energy or the brain power for any of it anymore. I haven’t even been able to work on my novel recently. I don’t have the concentration to read a book all the way through.
All I can do now are mindless tasks like Twittering or taking “What Britney Spears song are you”?” quizzes on Facebook. I love crossword puzzles and Sudoku and even those have become a challenge for me recently.
All I want to do these days is exist. And simply existing bothers me because then it feels like I have no purpose.
I’m also more prone to negative thoughts.
I could go on and on but that about sums it up.
July 12, 2009 at 11:27 am (Quotes)
Tags: Albert Camus, quotations, quote, quote of the week, Quotes
"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer." — Albert Camus
July 5, 2009 at 11:27 am (Quotes)
Tags: journey, Katherine Sharp, quotations, quote, quote of the week, Quotes, self-discovery
“Sometime in your life you will go on a journey. It will be the longest journey you have ever taken. It is the journey to find yourself.” — Katherine Sharp