Lamictal for Depression and Anxiety
Wow, this has been a mess!
I've been diagnosed with bipolar-depression.
The firsts med I was given was Zoloft. For a short period of time it helped tremendously, I felt so great. A few weeks later it seemed as if it stopped working. I didn't want to deal with it anymore so my physiciatrist had me take Effexor. I had to let it build up for a couple weeks, and when it was about time for me to be feeling the effects, there was nothing. I just felt like I got more upset about things. So, after another trip to the physiciatrist, I was put back on Zoloft at a different dosage. OOPS. Horrible idea. Coming off the effexor was horrible, and I started to have enormous anxiety and panic attacks, to the point where I lost my job! I mean horrible. I have had anxiety attacks occasionally throughout my life and they seemed to go away after about 2 weeks or so after having them.
So after waiting a million years to get back into the physiciatrist he said it's time to try something different. He realized I have been treated for unipolar-depression instead. He prescribed Lamictal(lamotrigine) a mood stabilizing medicine, and then a benzo for when I get anxiety attacks. I'm really skeptical about this working because I'm really never happy. Ever. And when I have been, it's been the very few times I've been on those anti-depressants.. Also I'm scared it will increase my anxiety..
If anyone has had similar experiences, or know anything about Lamictal and how it works with depression and anxiety, then PLEASE post! I need some hope. It would help out so much. Thanks!