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  1. Hello, Here is a small status report after 8 months of lamotrigine monotherapy; I've been feeling much better these months than on those APs. I lived a relatively active life in the past months. Making friends, going to uni and so on. I was mostly stable with some moodswings downwards. But for the last two months or so I was feeling like shit, without being able to place the cause of it all. Just lethargy, irritated by people except for my closer friends, concentration issues, feeling incredibly sad and tired etc. Leaving my house and activing myself to get stuff done or socialize with people became a real chore. My pdoc told me to get a bloodtest for lamotrigine levels, despite this being uncommon. Turned out that my levels were quite low, despite having worked most of the time. So I got an 50mg increase to 150mg 2 weeks ago. Now I feel rather zen, to be fair. I still have a bit of emotional and concentration issues, but I think they are well within normal range now. The only sideeffect I have with lamotrigine is frequent "Lucid Dreaming". While it isn't that bad, it tends to get annoying at times. Being fully aware that you are dreaming while in a dream might be destressing, especially when you are trying to wake up. It sounds very odd, but it's a relatively common sideeffect. And you mostly tend to forget about it within minutes of waking up. So long story short: It's going pretty well on lamotrigine alone. Much, much better than on any of the stuff on the "failed rx" list in my sig. It's possible to use lamotrigine alone, despite the occasional issues. I'll just have to enjoy it while it lasts, I guess.
  2. Hi there, I haven't been here in quite some time, but I am really happy to see that one of my thread was able to help people help themselves! In the past 8 months things went rather well for me. The best advice I have now is to try and find closure for your (hypo)manic period. I went back to the place I was committed as a visitor, and it did me a great deal of good. I went there as a student, willing to see how it works when in a normal mood. And having a talk with the staff there that cared for me while I was sick was a great bonus. I always used to be someone that used to pent up anger, sadness and depression, but I started to let go of that now. Just telling people you trust how you feel makes a very large difference too. It really suprised me how many people were positive about me, even after learning about my "secret". Their support pulled me through a rough patch in my moods. Just having a group of people supporting you is good. Wether it be your treatment team, your friends and family, employers or teachers, it's good to have some people to help you up when you're down. And the moodchart thing is very nice as well. I don't know if it's allowed, but I use the one on medhelp, because it has the most features I need. Just seeing how your moods progress through time gives you a hold on yourself. It really makes you see your moods more relative to other periods. Anyway, take care people!
  3. Hello people, I was wondering what life lessons you've learned and wish to convey to someone who has just become bipolar. It has only been 1.5 year since I had my first (hypo)mania where I destroyed my life tremendously. Everything is ok now, but I know it won't be that way forever. I noticed that I still have a long way ahead of me. This isn't only for me, but for the people who have been recently diagnosed or people that need some good advice.