I have a success story....
Up until a little over a year ago, I was horribly depressed.. incredibly suicidal. I had been for a very long time & it just kept getting worse, but my social anxiety/phobia (which I've had for most of my life), kept me from getting any help until it was almost too late. Things got so bad, though, that, despite my fear, I went to the local mental health clinic.
Well, soon after, on Sep. 12, 2007, I was put on Lamictal, a very low dose at first (25mg)-- & it completely saved my life. On Sep. 14, I almost killed myself, but luckily, was somehow able to keep myself from doing it. By September 19, it was as if I were living in a completely different world. For the first time in months, years even, I knew I wasn't going to kill myself. I didn't feel like I had to, anymore. Lamictal is the only reason I'm here today.
I started getting manic around Feb. of last year. My doctor put me on Depakote ER, but it made me deathly ill... For two weeks, I could do nothing but lie in bed with horrendous stomach pain, while nauseous. He (my doctor) took me off of that. He then put me on Lithium in April & that's worked great.
Right now, I'm on 200mg's of Lamictal, 1200mg's of Lithium & just a couple weeks ago, I was put on clonazepam (name brand Klonopin) for my anxiety. I'm lucky to have had all the success I've had with meds. But I'm even luckier to have such a great doctor.