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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...

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...