Our expert says:
Hello again Kay. Lamotrigine / Lamctin is what I would have thought of trying, here, and it has produced very promising results in many people. And a trial of at least a month is reasonable, because these drugs are not used for an immediate effect, but gradually produce the benefits one is seeking. I would also have liked to see whether adding CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) to deal with the negative habits of thoughts, could also help, but it may be hard for you to find someone experienced in this specific modality of treatment, unles maybe at Rhodes Dept of Psychology ?
And back to your earlier question, I still have not come across, in my personal expericne, mood stabilizers worsening mood in the manner you describe ; but many things can happen, some of them even fairly frequently, without any one shrink seeing it happen, and without there being a major study which can establish whether this happens often, what it means, and how best to deal with it
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