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I am certain that cats are far more skilled at training humans than the other way around. Madam has decided that a warm human is very handy in the cold weather, and finds many positions in which to snuggle up at night, which makes one hesitate to move at all in the darkness, for fear of squashing her. She grumbles loudly if one even shifts slightly.
As for side effects, always emember that, especally in the American literature, they are required to list every reported side-effect that has turned up in any study more often than with placebo, even some that are both rare and may be coincidental, so they are not all compulsory.
Now, Lamictin and birth control. I dont find clear guidance on this in the literature. What I have seen is a few reports suggesting the opposite of what you were thinking --- that some birth control pills may significantly reduce the blood levels of Lamictin / Lamictal. and the dosage of THAT may need to be adjusted upwards. The Pill may reduce the absorption of the Lamictin.
I find many women don't think of telling or reminding their shrink that they are taking a Birth Control Pill, and so shrinks often forget to ask. Call your shrink and ask him if he is aware of these reports, and has any concerns.
And let me confirm, irmly, that many disorders, including depression and especially bipolar disorder have very definitely disordered internal chemistry which you can't control on your own, but can control with the careful use of meds. Annoying, but then, one of the markers of us as a species having become human, was the recognition and use of tools. Consider the meds as tools that enable you to reach parts otherwise unreachable by you on your own
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