zef Posted May 7, 2006 Share Posted May 7, 2006 Oh, I so don't want to be on an antidepressant, but the depression won't let up. I've finally found some stability at 300 mg of Lamictal, nothing else (except 5-HTP, which definitely helps, but I probably shouldn't accept feeling perpetually down just because it's not horrible like it was before, right?). I'm not sure if maybe I need more Lamictal, but the doctor I've been seeing--who I plan to not be seeing shortly, but for now his advice is the only thing I've got--says that Lamictal doesn't have a powerful antidepressant effect, that it's much more subtle than that. I'm definitely feeling an improvement with just Lamictal and 5-HTP, but it's not enough and I think I might need more Lamictal and/or an antidepressant. And ugh, I really, really don't want to go on an antidepressant. They sap my creativity and blank me out, I absolutely hate that. Before the bipolar diagnosis I was on a variety of SSRIs with varying degrees of success, Zoloft making me crabby and cruel, Prozac seeming to help (but who can remember? I was a wee kid) but definitely sapping my creativity, Effexor making me into a content and self-absorbed zombie, Stattera knocking me out for 20 hours a day...and Wellbutrin! Oh, Wellbutrin, I wanted you to be my friend, but you gave me cognitive troubles. I struggled to think of basic words. One thing that seemed to work very well with Lamictal was Adderall, but naturally my doctor won't let me have it. Just Lamictal and then "we'll see." Amphetamine really seems to help my depression, though, which leads me to think I'm dopamine-deficient. So has anyone had success with adding an antidepressant? With minimal side effects (psheeah, right)? Are there supplements that I might try with/instead of 5-HTP so I can avoid antidepressants? Any luck with that? Anyone? Anyone? I'm working on seeing a new doctor and want to have some ideas. EDIT: Oh, by the way, I'm also on fish oil. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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