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  1. I was 11, almost 12 when I started. I'm currently 18.
  2. I used to take pregabalin for generalised anxiety disorder and from what I remember, it worked pretty well.
  3. My mood swings are due to my personality disorder. My moods change very rapidly but I have longer periods where I am particularly low and depressed, then periods when I am particularly angry and impulsive - it's not bipolar disorder but I guess it presents similarly. My pdoc told me that lamotrigine is used to prevent dips in mood and isn't helpful for mania, but this was okay for me as I don't experience mania. If anything, I experience hypomania. It's actually been really helpful and I've felt better since being on it than I have in years. There are a lot of side effects that can be quite severe, but the only side effect I had was absence of periods for a few months that started shortly after starting the medication but is now no longer a problem. There was no pain or any other symptoms, and I definitely wasn't missing them anyway. My pdoc was hesitant to prescribe it at first though she thought it was appropriate as I was only 17 and it seemed that the risks outweighed the benefits but she prescribed it during one of my depressive episodes shortly after I attempted suicide. Don't just go by my word, obviously, but I can safely say that lamotrigine saved my life.
  4. Sertraline 200mg for depression and anxiety Lamotrigine 100mg for mood swings Melatonin 4mg for insomnia
  5. On meds I get about 10 hours on average, without meds it can range from no sleep at all to 3 hours.
  6. I talked to my psychologist about it and she said it might have been some kind of depersonalisation, but I'm not sure that's accurate. I see my pdoc in a couple of weeks, I'll talk to her about it. Will definitely reconsider antipsychotics if it happens again - it scared the shit out of me.
  7. A few weeks ago I had a pretty shit day and was really stressed out. I was in bed alone that night and looked at my hand. It didn't look right and it didn't feel right. I convinced myself that it was not my hand, and that it had to go. I sat in the shower and attempted to cut it off. Needless to say, it didn't work, but I cut pretty deep and it freaked me out. Does this happen to anyone else? I know it's a thing that does happen, but it had never happened to me before and I'm scared it'll happen again. Any form of consolation would be really nice because I can't stop thinking about it.
  8. I really love it, never makes me paranoid (or no more than I usually am) and helps me sleep. However, it amplifies my tics quite badly and it freaks people out if they don't know I have tics.
  9. I used to take it for psychotic symptoms but it killed two birds with one stone as it also helped with my insomnia. It actually helped a little too much - I could barely get up in the morning and I was drowsy throughout the day. If I missed a dose I couldn't sleep at all and the withdrawal was awful; headaches, stomach aches, dizziness. I was on it for just over two years, tried regular and XR, and I'm glad to be off it.
  10. "It isn't happening anymore so you need to just forget about it"
  11. Sertraline has really helped my anxiety, and I'm currently on Lamotrigine for my mood. The combination is great for me. I also found quetiapine really helpful but the side effects were awful. I hope all goes well! Edit: promethazine was also amazing for anxiety as a prn medication, but I don't know how often it's prescribed? I was inpatient when I was prescribed but it was discontinued afterwards.
  12. I don't know about the interactions but I was on Lyrica a few years ago and I didn't have any of those side effects at all, and it definitely helped my anxiety (just not much else). Talk to your pdoc about this, see what they think is the best treatment for you.
  13. I'm only at 100mg of Lamictal and my anhedonia is almost non-existent
  14. I've not been on trazodone but when I was on quetiapine I had some really intense and straight-up weird dreams. For me it went away after a month or so, but quetiapine is a very different medication to trazodone so this may be completely irrelevant. Maybe just wait out for your body to get used to the new dose and it may start to diminish, but if it gets too much for you then talk to your pdoc and consider either a med change or decrease. Hope this helps
  15. I never used to be honest at all, I was young and practically forced into therapy so I refused to talk. That, and I was still learning to express my thoughts and emotions. More recently, I've developed a pretty strong partnership with my tdoc, and I sincerely trust her. I'm pretty honest now, and only really hide things if I'm having a particularly bad day/week/month. She usually picks up on that, though, and I end up telling her everything. I'm still a little uneasy with my pdoc and last time I saw her one on one I lashed out, so I now see her accompanied by my tdoc and I find it a lot easier to talk.
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