As folks with mental health issues – whether they be depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder, online casino addiction or whatever – we are very familiar with “personal life issues.”
Personal life issues are those events in life that aren’t related to your job, the support group you fostered, or the fundraiser you volunteered to facilitate. Personal life issues are those events that demand immediate attention and take you away from such responsibilities. They may or may not be related to your mental health. A personal life issue may be a manic episode that’s crept up on you, or it may be a death in the family. Your personal life issue may even be the arrival of a loved one’s personal life issue. It may not be your problem, per se, but because it’s your mother’s, your husband’s, or your child’s problem, it involves you.
I’ve recently been slammed with a personal life issue, and because of it, I’ve had to make a sudden, spur–of–the–moment move. Moving is stressful enough when it’s planned – moving your entire life in one weekend is a miserable, God–forsaken experience!
I’m getting settled in the new location; however, in the midst of packing, moving, unpacking, and sorting through everything I didn’t put it storage that actually needs to go in storage, I’ve become isolated. In the midst of that activity, I’ve no longer been focused on regular responsibilities such as work. I’ve no longer been surrounded by the same people or the same “grind.” My routine has changed. The little calendar I keep in my brain – the one that keeps record of what work project is due when, what appointment is scheduled for which day – has become cloudy.
Fortunately, my brain has welcomed the rest.
Unfortunately, my brain doesn’t want to let go of that rest. I’ve become isolated from my “norm,” and I’ve become comfortable in that isolation. Being away from work and other responsibilities allowed me to focus on the personal life issue at hand, and now that it’s time to get back into the swing of things, I realize that “being away from” those things has actually turned into “being isolated” from those things.
7 Things You Need To Know About The Lamictal Rash
Back in September, I fired my psychiatrist. After being on Lamictal for a bit over a year, I decided the side effects just weren’t worth the trouble. Too, I was constantly having to change the dosage and play around with the time I took it – neither process helped with the side effects. (Note that I didn’t fire my psychiatrist because of the side effects; I fired him because of the poor advice he offered regarding how I should stop taking the medicine.)
One side effect of Lamictal that I didn’t experience, but others have, is the infamous Lamictal rash. The rash shows up within the first several weeks of taking Lamictal, and good doctors will warn you about this rash and what to look for, as it can sometimes be fatal.
Fortunately, I never developed the rash; however, I have just recently learned that one faithful Mental Health Notes reader, Mechelle, did. She generously agreed to an interview to help others understand this side effect of Lamictal.
When your doctor prescribed Lamictal, how much information did s/he give you about the serious skin reactions that sometimes occur when taking the medication? He was very forthcoming about the rash, and told me to go to the emergency room at the first sign of any irritation.
Although most rashes caused by Lamictal aren’t life-threatening or require hospitalization, did knowing about this possible rash side effect make you hesitant to take Lamictal? No. He said only about 1 in a 1,000 got “the rash”, but that it could be deadly and not to hesitate or even contemplate whether or not it was due to the medication. Just stop the meds and get to the emergency room.