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Bipolar Depression: When Nothing Works - What Now?

Stewart writes: "I have been struggling with my bipolar II disorder for about 17 years. I am considered to have a refractory, treatment-resistant condition. I have been through about 25 medications singularly and in various ‘cocktail’ combinatio...

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Bipolar Husband and Wife - A Marriage Made in Heaven or Hell?

Kathleen writes: "I’m curious to know if there is a way for both people in the relationship are bipolar can make it? If so, what has helped them? I heard once that if a couple with mental illness make it to 5 years in a relationship/marriage the ...

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Lexapro and lower back pain?

Question: Susan wrote… The other day I sat down and read my side effects to the med Lexapro. While reading the some of the effects I found one symptom that I didn’t know that can affect your life. The symptom was lower back pain. Now I have been taki...

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Lost and do not know why

Question: Ledouix wrote… I have a few questions about the drug prozac. I would like to know long term side affects to a person who has taken it for ten years. What affects on a liver that has been laserated almost in half and repaired. This happened ...

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Is Celexa prescribed by physicians for a migraine headache?

Question: Susie wrote… Hello, Can anyone tell me whether Celexa is prescribed by physicians for a migraine headache. I have a friend that is telling me that he takes for headaches only and not for depression. It is currently being administered daily ...

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Any good substitutes that are all natural for Effexor XR

Question: Margie wrote… Any good substitutes that are all natural for Effexor XR? I have been suffering with depression from age 13. I have also been on either Xanax or clonazepam since then also… I find the only drug that seems to lift me out of it ...

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Lifelong major depression... is there a cure?

Question: popeye wrote… Lifelong major depression…is there a cure? I have dealt with major depression and PTSD since I was 10 yrs old. The depressions last 3-6 years. i was not diagnosed or treated until I was in my 20’s. Some AD’s have helped but it ...

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My Spouse Is Acting Strange and I Can't Take it Anymore!

Another batch of relationship questions: Question itllendintears asks: Since the last time I was on here there’s been many changes in my life. When my husband came out of the hospital in August for his 3rd suicide attempt in our 4 year marriage, he d...

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Help! My Loved One Has Flipped Out!

Four Questions Three readers have asked about living with bipolar husbands. A fourth asked about a bad situation with a bipolar wife. The first two questions can be answered together. The third and fourth questions each require separate consideration...

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Withdrawal symptoms of Wellbutrin?

Question: mrst53 asked… My husband has PTSD and has been taking, I think 150mg or 200mg of Wellbutrin each day. He had a CT scan done and decided to stop taking the meds because of the chance of a seizure (his decision not the doc). He has not starte...