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    Old 09-15-2008, 06:13 AM   #1
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    waking up sad/angry

    I am completely befuddled. I was doing well on Lexapro, until it induced hypo-mania, my first reality check that I did indeed have a mood disorder. Then, on lithium, I was doing great, except for short-term memory problems.

    Now I'm switching to lamictal, and I'm stable, really more logical than I've ever been. (My husband loves that!) But I wake up irritated or sad, with the thoughts of who hurt me, why me, etc. I have to control myself from spiraling into a muddy pit... Fortunately the negative feelings dissipate throughout the morning. It's really weird - before any of my problems began (in 2003) I was such a morning person. I woke up happy and looking forward to the day, like I knew something special was going to happen, or at least that it would be a good day.

    I can't understand this problem because lamictal, albeit a mood stabilizer, is supposed to focus on depression. Is the hypomania that the lithium controlled back? Is it a negative hypomania?

    I'm almost ready to go back to just lithium. I'd rather be forgetful than angry/sad.

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    Old 09-15-2008, 08:15 PM   #2
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    Re: waking up sad/angry

    I've no idea, but your pdoc is the person to ask, and also, I"d ask a pharmacist.

    Depression is very often worse in the morning and wears off as the day goes on, sounds like yours to me.

    When do you take the Lamictal - morning or evening?

    Anyway, best thing to do to is to turn to your helpers.

    Lamictal has always energized me somewhat and has been the only drug I've ever found that helped my depressions, but we all react differently.

    Let us know what your docs say, okay?


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