Suicidality now associated with antiepileptic drugs too

It's not just antidepressants anymore. And benzos are well known to cause depression too. Anti-seizure meds are commonly used as "mood stabilizers" in bipolar disorder. The FDA issued an alert today. Update: Furious Seasons now has good commentary on this issue.


Just want to encourage you to jump on over to Philip Dawdy's blog and read his interview with Tom Wootton, author of The Depression Advantage and The Bipolar Advantage. Some good food for thought. And the whole spiritual stuff he talks about....well....I feel like that sort of transformation is happening to me. A sort of... Continue Reading →

The pressure to publish

The blog is getting more and more popular. This makes me feel more responsibility to post something at least every couple of days. Then I worry about quality... This will be a simple update sans to much creative impulse. I am suffering again from that debilitating fatigue that the Lamictal withdrawal caused the first time... Continue Reading →

Another large taper and I slept like a rock

I'm down to 100 mg of Lamictal. I feel like shit, but not because of the taper. I have my period and I have yet to figure out how to get through my period without taking 800 mg of Ibuprofen every 6 hours as well as the maximum dose of Tylenol 4 hours after taking... Continue Reading →

A little more of the story….

I know you all want to know more. I too want to know more and that is why I say nothing. It is too frightening to jump to conclusions. I hope that what seems to be an exceedingly positive development will continue to hold such promise. I've consistently felt better, but I still have bad... Continue Reading →

Inspiration while I wait to be inspired….

So much percolating....but not ready to write yet....the words of a wise man below: Desiderata Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even... Continue Reading →

Update and great synopsis of nutrients for mental health

I am collecting all sorts of great experience to blog about, but haven't had time/energy to devote to writing. I promise I'll get to it soon. Or at least as long as I keep kicking ass with my super ultra-fast taper and don't start suffering. (I did have a day and a half that was... Continue Reading →

I’m learning to fly

I'm optimistic and feeling consistently healthier even after a whopping 35% cut in Lamictal in a two week time period. I'm down to 125 mg from a high of 400 mg. This song makes me think of the life ahead of me. Full of promise and hope but not completely without trepidation.

Read Philip Dawdy today

Philip is off psychiatric meds for six months now. Because his site is no longer I'm cutting and pasting that post below: Six Months Off-Meds - By Philip Dawdy Not that anyone cares, but yesterday marked my six-month anniversary of going off-meds for bipolar disorder. After 18 years of taking meds consistently, my psychiatrist figured... Continue Reading →

Completely painless Lamictal taper

This did not last: please see here for more info on tapering Lamictal. Tapering Lamictal often runs into serious problems if not done carefully and slowly. I'm beside myself with glee. I really didn't expect this---I came out here with a very feeble sense of dubious faith. I tapered my Lamictal five days ago and feel... Continue Reading →

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