Originally Posted by amandalynn636
No. although I am sure I need to. I have seen a few therapist in the past but none of them ever picked up on it. I was actually diagnosed by my PCP. After being told by someone else that I couldn't be bipolar because i didnt have the extreme highs, just the depression & mood swings, & being treated for PMDD, my PCP swooped in on his white horse and explained that I was bipolar because there are different levels. That was a joyous day being diagnosed, as strange as that sounds, because after years of looking for the answer, I finally knew what was wrong with me. He started ne on meds right away and my husband and I both breathed a sigh of relief. So i really have just had the problem of finding the right meds without the side effects that I go to my PCP for. I guess what this long , drawn out, off the topic post is trying to say is the meds pretty much control my moods so I see no reason why I should go see a therapist. I am sure there are other benefits as well but I live in a podunk town where there is like 1 private 1 or the Mental health. Sorry for the ramblin post. did I mention it is 3:30 am and i cant sleep? Side effect of the new med?
Lamictal is primarily prescribed for bipolar depression, so even if you wouldn't have been prescribed this med as opposed to Celexa, you still would have been taking a med that is designed to treat depression.
As for the last question in your post, it is quite possible that Lamictal could be causiing sleep difficulties since this is a common side effect of this med.
You mentioned that your GP diagnosed you with bipolar. I would recommend that you see a pdoc (psychiatrist) since many GPs are not fully informed about bipolar nor do they fully understand how meds for bipolar work.
Having said that, your GP is correct about there being milder forms of bipolar.
The mildest form is called cyclothymia. This is where a person experiences mild hypomania and mild depression.
The next mildest form is bipolar II where a person experiences hypomania and depression.
The most severe type is bipolar 1 where people have full blown manic episodes as well as severe depression. I have bipolar 1, but my bipolar falls more on the manic side except during the autumn/winter months when I'm 80% depressed and 20% manic.