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Mon, Aug 14th 2006

I was wondering how Dr's come to decide what medication to try first and how they diagnose possible mental illnesses. I'm afraid to just trust their judgment with my mental health. However, my anxiety really is getting in the way of me complying with a treatment medication. I was prescribed lamotrigine for my mood issues. I do have mood swings that go way down and very mildly up. I like the energy I get in that up week but it always does not last and I again find myself depressed. Normally it seems to be every 3 or 4 weeks. I worry about side effects so much that I wonder if I am just better off letting myself just be as I am but I know that I affect others with my mood and behaviors so it is confusing. How do I just trust them?

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