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  1. I have ADD as well as BP1, GAD, and panic dis. I take Lamictal, Seroquel, klonopin, and Adderall XR 30mg daily. It has not sent *me* into any sort of mania or hypomania. My mood is very stable with the Lamictal and Seroquel though, so that probably makes a difference. And I'm pretty sensitive to meds making me at least have hypomania symptoms, if not mania. Adderall and other stimulants along with bipolar is definitely a YMMV med. Adderall for those of us (this is just my personal opinion) who have AD(H)D respond differently to stimulates compared to those without AD(H)D. It doesn't speed my up, just makes me feel "normal". But again, everyone is different with their response with any meds. My pdoc wasn't too worried about me taking since since I'm on a mood stabilizer and an anti psychotic. But there are plenty of those within the BP spectrum where stimulants where it will cause hypomania or mania. Definitely a med to watch out for.
  2. Stress can trigger either depression or mania/hypo mania in me. I never know and can't prepare for it. It's different every time. I hope you get the help you need and deserve.
  3. I'm gonna have to go back to my pdoc and call a therapist. I partied all weekend and ended up hooking up with a 24 year old girl. I'm in my late 30's. I don't have any regrets because I'm not manic and just don't care, though I know I need to gaf!! I can't talk to my husband about it. He's already been through this crap with me and would leave me if he knew I'm doing this again. So off to the pdoc and tdoc I know I need to go see even though I don't want to. I'm glad I have enough insight, because I've done this before, to realize what is gong on. Thanks for the responses.
  4. Thanks. I'm bi and act on that when I'm manic or even hypomanic. Your right, no major decisions while hypo/manic. Thanks for the reminder. Sorry you've gone through something similar. It's fun, but no fun.
  5. Thanks. My work offers a few sessions of free counseling so I'm going to call and set up an appointment to talk about this. I went out this weekend and hooked up with someone.
  6. This isn't cool. And please no judgment. Every time I get manic or even hypomanic I become hypersexual and start partying which just makes it worse. I went time my pdoc and told him what was going on and he increased some of my meds but so far still manic and again I'm having sex outside my marriage. I've put my husband through hell and back already with this (sex, partying). I've spent thousands of dollars, done lots of drugs, had sex with my boss, all sorts of crazy affairs, had to leave my job because of my manic actions, etc. I have a master's degree and work in a high paying field. It's a career and not just a job. I'm very successful and do well in life. Have great kids and a good husband. I have a lot to lose. I've said I wouldn't do it again, but I am and I'm sure/scared this won't be the last time (the sex, drinking and drugs) I just lose *all* impulse control while hypo/manic and don't care about the consequences of anything I do whatsoever. Thankfully I've never gotten an STD or anything. I'll have sex with women, men, just whoever I set my eyes on (I'm an attractive female so it's pretty easy). I'm not sure if I should divorce my husband over this. No one deserves a spouse that does this to them - mental illness or not. It's not an excuse. I'm hoping with the increase in my antipsychotic I'll calm down soon. Can anyone relate?
  7. My pdoc is leary of giving me Adderall even though I have ADD since I have bipolar and a lot of meds trigger mania in me. But I take Strattera, and even though it doesn't help my ADD, it does help my anxiety and depression and I'm able to take a lower dose of my other meds with it. It keeps from sleeping 12+ hours from the Seroquel also which is a blessing for me.
  8. Yes. I have BP1 and thankfully even while I'm manic seroquel 200mg will put me to sleep. It's really the only med that will make me sleep. For a lot of ppl hypo/mania involves little to no sleep, but not everyone experiences that symptom.
  9. Starting a new job isn't easy at all. I hate it. I'm still working in my same field, just with a different company 3 months ago and it took me about 2 months to really start to feel comfortable. I've been in my career for about 10 years now, but I felt like I was starting from scratch since it's a different skill set to learn. I think this is very common.
  10. What's the difference between hearing voices inside your head vs outside your head? I used to have auditory hallucinations a lot as a teen. It was always outside my head, never inside. Groups of men talking in a group. I never could make out what they were saying though, muffled voices.
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  12. Generics can be vastly different (I don't care what "they" say). I started off taking the brand name, it worked great. Once I got to 200mg I switched to the generic. The suicidal thoughts, cutting, etc came back full force, this was very unexpected and threw me for a loop. I didn't even relate it to the brand vs generic because I never gave it any thought. One week I noticed that I had no suicidal thoughts, no desire to cut, just felt great. I couldn't figure out why. Then I noticed that my pharmacy had switched generics and my god, what a difference it made! It may be worth a shot to try the brand name and if that doesn't help you'll clearly know lamictal is just not for you. I read an article a few months ago talking about some generics had an 80% difference in bioavalability compared to the brand (not all generics obviously).
  13. Sounds like your doing great! I've gone from 3mg a day of klonopin to none with no issues at all. I don't think I felt any withdrawal symptoms. I'm back on it now because it works great for me. There's a lot of horror stories online about ANY med. Ppl tend to vent and want to share their bad experience (which I totally understand, I would also). But for the rest of us, who've not had any problems, we don't feel the need to post about it, because, well, what's there to talk about. I hope that makes sense? Don't worry about issues that you may never experience at all.
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