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Hello and welcome to the first post for the Lamictal Lady’s blog!

Allow me to introduce myself, I am B. Because of the contents of this blog, I am choosing to remain anonymous. I have suffered from severe depression for more than 10 years and have been recently diagnosed as having a mood disorder as well. Although, I have not been to a psychiatrist in years so that diagnosis probably should have come much sooner.

Here, I will chronicle my use of the drug Lamictal which has been prescribed to me for severe depression and mood disorder. Lamictal was originally and still is prescribed as an anti-convulsant. But it has been “proven” to have some mood stabilizing qualities as well. And so, it is now being widely prescribed for Bipolar disorder. Now, there has been a lot of controversy recently about Lamictals ability to actually stabilize moods. Some are saying that it is no better than a placebo, some are calling it a wonder drug. (My own psychiatrist actually refered to it as the latter.) Unfortunately, the same can be said about all anti depressants. The FDA only needs 2 studies showing that anti depressants are better than placebos to give it the green light. It doesn’t say that it has to be marginally better, just better. That means that even though there may be hundreds more studies showing exactly the opposite, it wouldn’t matter.

Now, if you’re thinking the way I’m thinking, you’re probably saying “Would the drug industry actually give us medicines that they know do not work?” My answer is, I don’t know. I do know that some people actually do get “miracle” results from anti depressants and some don’t get any results at all. There is a big possibility that a lot of the people in the “miracle results” group are getting results that can be attributed to wishful thinking. You know, if a person were to truly in their heart of hearts believe that the medicine would work, than there is a good chance that it will. That’s the tricky part, there is no blood test to see if you’re anti depresants are actually working or if it’s just you hoping against all hopes that it will finally be the thing that lifts you out of your own personal rain cloud.

Even though I know all of this, I am still desperate enough to attempt to keep an open mind and take the leap into the world of antidepressants. I have decided to keep this blog as a sort of journal to not only record my experience on the drug but to hopefully help anyone out there who may be considering taking it or any other antidepressant.

So, here we go! And may the good mental health fairies be with us!

-B

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