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13 Jul 2005

Tegretol and Bipolar2
Just wanted to know if anyone here has benn on Tegretol and if so, what side effects and what benefits have you experienced?

Also looking for some info on Bipolar2... I was told by my shrink today that he thought I had bipolar2. It has kind of sent me into a spinn and am trying to find out any details...

thanx

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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

I don't undrstand the current empty fashiopn for some shrinks to pla butterfly collector and subdivide types of Bipolar Disorder, before there is any useful evidence that the treatment or outlook will be any different --- it usually means that some drug company is marketing a diagnosis, so as to try to claim that THEIR drug is better for it, and improve sales.
if you have Bipolar Disorder, you have Bipolar Disorder, and don't get alarmed about the games some shrinks play about different varities of the disorder, which is yet to be shown to make any difference to treatment, results, or to your life. As you'll have gathered, I am very deeply sceptical about such empty fashions, and I'm still waiting for good evidence that this subdividing is a useful activity.
Tegretol is, like several other drugs used successfully in treating Bipolar Disorder, originally an anti-epileptic drug, later found to be also valuable in Bipolar Disorder. The connection isn't too surprising, as in both conditions one would want to stabilize chemical sysstems within the brain.
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