Posts Tagged ‘mood stabilizer’

Status Report #10 (My Doctor is Retiring)

March 31, 2012 2 comments

Well, I found out yesterday that my long-time psychiatrist is retiring in July. I’ve been seeing him since 2003 and while I had another doctor before him, that doctor retired after only a few visits. In Ontario it can take 4-6 months to get a new psychiatrist, so if I start now I might have a replacement in August or September. This doctor was a good doctor as far as I’m concerned. He did very little psychoanalysis; his approach was more of asking what were my symptoms and prescribing the meds to control them. I know a lot of people would be horrified by that approach, but it was just what I needed.

I suppose that going to a new doctor will be like starting over, to a degree. I suppose I can just cut-and-paste parts of this blog (maybe he or she doesn’t need to see the post on bullshit), fill in some more detail (did I mention my mother is bipolar?), and print it out. Seriously. On a positive note, I used to work right in downtown Toronto, so my doctor is in downtown Toronto. Now I live and work in the greater Toronto area (GTA), 40km away, so this is my chance to get a doctor closer to where I live.

At the moment I am taking Divalproex and lithium, but for a long time my doctor has wanted to put me on Lamotrigine, which is yet another mood stabilizer–this one also effective against depression. I was on it for a short time a few years ago but I lost my health coverage. Now I have my health coverage back, so we are trying Lamotrigine again. Anything that keeps away the depression is fine by me. If it doesn’t work I can stop it.


The Light at the End of the Tunnel

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Finally I knew I had to do something before the psychiatrist appointment, so I went to another clinic and asked a doctor to be my family physician. He prescribed me a mood stabilizer (Divalproex/Depakote).

Almost immediately the self harm and the desire to cheat stopped. That was nine years ago. If for no other reason than that, I will take Divalproex (or something like it) until I die. The med made me feel like shit, but it helped a lot too. For the first time since I was a kid I was able to sleep like a normal person. Now the Divalproex has no side-effects at all, although the normal sleep wore off.