Month: September 2017

7 Things You Need To Know About The Lamictal Rash

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 arent 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 thats 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 ones personal life issue. It may not be your problem, per se, but because its your mothers, your husbands, or your childs problem, it involves you.

Ive recently been slammed with a personal life issue, and because of it, Ive had to make a sudden, spurofthemoment move. Moving is stressful enough when its plannedmoving your entire life in one weekend is a miserable, Godforsaken experience!

Im getting settled in the new location; however, in the midst of packing, moving, unpacking, and sorting through everything I didnt put it storage that actually needs to go in storage, Ive become isolated. In the midst of that activity, Ive no longer been focused on regular responsibilities such as work. Ive no longer been surrounded by the same people or the samegrind.” My routine has changed. The little calendar I keep in my brainthe one that keeps record of what work project is due when, what appointment is scheduled for which dayhas become cloudy.

Fortunately, my brain has welcomed the rest.

Unfortunately, my brain doesnt want to let go of that rest. Ive become isolated from mynorm,” and Ive 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 its time to get back into the swing of things, I realize thatbeing away fromthose things has actually turned intobeing isolatedfrom 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.

Here’s How to Be Creative with Backyard Exercises

Part of learning to train at home is learning to be creative with your exercises. Because equipment is limited you need to find ways of using what is available to you.

Here are some ways you can be creative with your backyard shed exercises:

1. Change the way you do existing exercises

This is one of my favorite methods because it doesnt require doing anything new. Let’s say you want to change your shoulder workout but all you can do is the overhead press. Well, you can change it by doing a number of things. For example, change the speed at which you do the exercise making your declines super slow and your pushes fast and explosive. Or, you could change the height you lift the weight to so that you target only the lower part of the exercise. Changing the way you do an exercise is a simple way to get more out of it and take it to the next level.

2. Adapt bodybuilding exercises

Check out some bodybuilding exercises on the web and adapt them to things you have around the home. For example, arnold presses can easily be done with some paint cans or bricks and lateral side raises can be done with your dads bbq deck chairs. The exercises require that the weight is heavy, not that it is a dumbbell.

3. Intensify your chosen sports natural movements

One of the things I used to do for soccer was take the natural movements in the game and make them more intense. For example, I would practice my throwins with a heavy medicine ball in the hope of developing those associated muscles. Or, to develop my leg power, I would do a set of jumping squats and then run and take a long distance shot. Mixing the resistance exercise with the explosive exercise really helped my power come a long way. Take the movements in your sport and intensify them to really push those muscles.


Weight training at home is about using what you have around you whilst still sticking to correct technique and lifting methods. It is not hard to workout with weights at home as long as you are creative with your workouts.

In the next post we will look at some random strange exercises that you can do with little or no equipment. They are simple but very effective.