Health QuestionsCategory: TreatmentsNeural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood Disor
9 Answers
gretl answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D

Ooh, something new from Dr. Manji … *prints to read*
 
Thank you!

Jerod answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D

It’s a great article, and it adds weight to our argument that anticonvulsants and lithium are better for the long-term interests of the bipolar.
 
Plus it explains why lithium, VNS and transcranial transcranial magentic stimulation and good old ECT are good for some forms of major depressive disorder.

anafagodma answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
Crap, I can’t read anything that complicated right now. X: It’s a real shame b/c I’m quite intent on getting VNS (rather than ECT). But if I get the general drift of what you guys are discussing, I can relate anyway. Topamax was probably the best drug I ever took- not just for the tempering of every self-destructive habit imaginable, but it really actually worked on my depression.  
 
Of course, then I moved to a honky town out of state where Medicaid doesn’t really cover Topa at all (sidenote to Kassiane: you’re right, IL *does* suck) and which has (according to NAMI) the 6th worst mental health resources in the country.  The phuckiatrist refused to continue it because of the weight loss concern and bicarb changes (but bicarb isn’t one of the electrolytes that is really problematic in bulimia and, OH YEAH- when you take me off a med that works, my eating disorder intensifies, Dr. Dumbass!)  
 
You needn’t tell me twice how integral neurology is too (at least some forms of) depression. Somebody should tell the doctors around here, though.

StrungOutOnLife answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
Quote from anafagodma on 31. May 2006 at 09:19:

Crap, I can’t read anything that complicated right now. X: It’s a real shame b/c I’m quite intent on getting VNS (rather than ECT). But if I get the general drift of what you guys are discussing, I can relate anyway. Topamax was probably the best drug I ever took- not just for the tempering of every self-destructive habit imaginable, but it really actually worked on my depression.

Of course, then I moved to a honky town out of state where Medicaid doesn’t really cover Topa at all (sidenote to Kassiane: you’re right, IL *does* suck) and which has (according to NAMI) the 6th worst mental health resources in the country. The phuckiatrist refused to continue it because of the weight loss concern and bicarb changes (but bicarb isn’t one of the electrolytes that is really problematic in bulimia and, OH YEAH- when you take me off a med that works, my eating disorder intensifies, Dr. Dumbass!)

You needn’t tell me twice how integral neurology is too (at least some forms of) depression. Somebody should tell the doctors around here, though.

I take it you could really use these:
 
Topiramate for Bulimia Nervosa With Bipolar II Disorder
 
Topiramate for Bulimia Nervosa in Epilepsy
 
Note that each time, their self image improved immensely.
 
ETA: Ooops. By that, I mean, “they stopped caring about their weight even though the both of them lost weight (2-4 lbs for the bp II, 10 lbs for the epileptic. The first one still felt overweight, too).

anafagodma answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
I already gave up on the psychatrist here. But- TADA!- my depression official sucks enough for Cyberonics to work with me on putting one of those pacemakers in my brain. I’m thinking that having to avoid microwaves could have a deleteriously effect on my eating disorder.  
 
I’m already scheming- once we get Medicaid to pay for this, I’ll be an official neurology patient, and perhaps they can be strongarmed into approving Topamax for me.  
 
I’m hoping that once I’m up in Chicago I will find a psychiatrist who would be ashamed to tell me, “You read too much,” or refuse to review at study I bring them. (There’s one I had summarizing the effects of thirty four trials of topiramate with mental disorders, you’d think that would have done the trick.)  I can’t believe the nerve of these people. One therapist actually put on record that I was very “aware” of my disorders and knowledgeable about them, and speculated that would cause problems.  
 
Anyway, hurray for VNS! I hope. Maybe Eli Lilly will return that college fund my parents spent on psychiatric hospitals when I was 13, 14 years old.

9 Answers
gretl answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D

Ooh, something new from Dr. Manji … *prints to read*
 
Thank you!

Jerod answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D

It’s a great article, and it adds weight to our argument that anticonvulsants and lithium are better for the long-term interests of the bipolar.
 
Plus it explains why lithium, VNS and transcranial transcranial magentic stimulation and good old ECT are good for some forms of major depressive disorder.

anafagodma answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
Crap, I can’t read anything that complicated right now. X: It’s a real shame b/c I’m quite intent on getting VNS (rather than ECT). But if I get the general drift of what you guys are discussing, I can relate anyway. Topamax was probably the best drug I ever took- not just for the tempering of every self-destructive habit imaginable, but it really actually worked on my depression.  
 
Of course, then I moved to a honky town out of state where Medicaid doesn’t really cover Topa at all (sidenote to Kassiane: you’re right, IL *does* suck) and which has (according to NAMI) the 6th worst mental health resources in the country.  The phuckiatrist refused to continue it because of the weight loss concern and bicarb changes (but bicarb isn’t one of the electrolytes that is really problematic in bulimia and, OH YEAH- when you take me off a med that works, my eating disorder intensifies, Dr. Dumbass!)  
 
You needn’t tell me twice how integral neurology is too (at least some forms of) depression. Somebody should tell the doctors around here, though.

StrungOutOnLife answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
Quote from anafagodma on 31. May 2006 at 09:19:

Crap, I can’t read anything that complicated right now. X: It’s a real shame b/c I’m quite intent on getting VNS (rather than ECT). But if I get the general drift of what you guys are discussing, I can relate anyway. Topamax was probably the best drug I ever took- not just for the tempering of every self-destructive habit imaginable, but it really actually worked on my depression.

Of course, then I moved to a honky town out of state where Medicaid doesn’t really cover Topa at all (sidenote to Kassiane: you’re right, IL *does* suck) and which has (according to NAMI) the 6th worst mental health resources in the country. The phuckiatrist refused to continue it because of the weight loss concern and bicarb changes (but bicarb isn’t one of the electrolytes that is really problematic in bulimia and, OH YEAH- when you take me off a med that works, my eating disorder intensifies, Dr. Dumbass!)

You needn’t tell me twice how integral neurology is too (at least some forms of) depression. Somebody should tell the doctors around here, though.

I take it you could really use these:
 
Topiramate for Bulimia Nervosa With Bipolar II Disorder
 
Topiramate for Bulimia Nervosa in Epilepsy
 
Note that each time, their self image improved immensely.
 
ETA: Ooops. By that, I mean, “they stopped caring about their weight even though the both of them lost weight (2-4 lbs for the bp II, 10 lbs for the epileptic. The first one still felt overweight, too).

anafagodma answered 2 years ago

Re: Neural Circuitry and Neuroplasticity in Mood D
I already gave up on the psychatrist here. But- TADA!- my depression official sucks enough for Cyberonics to work with me on putting one of those pacemakers in my brain. I’m thinking that having to avoid microwaves could have a deleteriously effect on my eating disorder.  
 
I’m already scheming- once we get Medicaid to pay for this, I’ll be an official neurology patient, and perhaps they can be strongarmed into approving Topamax for me.  
 
I’m hoping that once I’m up in Chicago I will find a psychiatrist who would be ashamed to tell me, “You read too much,” or refuse to review at study I bring them. (There’s one I had summarizing the effects of thirty four trials of topiramate with mental disorders, you’d think that would have done the trick.)  I can’t believe the nerve of these people. One therapist actually put on record that I was very “aware” of my disorders and knowledgeable about them, and speculated that would cause problems.  
 
Anyway, hurray for VNS! I hope. Maybe Eli Lilly will return that college fund my parents spent on psychiatric hospitals when I was 13, 14 years old.