September 8, 2005



I used to run an epilepsy support group for adults in Charlotte, NC. I rarely saw anyone who was both bipolar and TLE at the same time. There were about 400 members in the group.

Depression was common but not mania. About 10 % had alcohol problems and would stop taking their medications to enjoy the effects of alcohol. They would seizures as a result.

Now everyone with epilepsy seems to have bipolar illness as well, including me. I have no history of alcohol or drug use.

Saying that because the AED's also work on Bipolar illness is crazy means TLE and bipolar run together. Tegretol, the medicine I take, also works on facial ticks, drug withdrawl, non-cancer pain, visual agnosia, unipolar depression, and cocaine withdrawal.

Psychiatrists, get a life!

Posted by: Susan Cole at November 14, 2008 8:38 AM

I've been bipolar most of my life and people (including psychiatrists) failed to recognize it when it was right in front of them. I was diagnosed with dysthymia, depression, double-depression. Contrary to popular belief, not all manic episodes are full-blown or obvious to all watching. Spouses tend to notice a lot more than psychiatrists or people running support groups.

Certain disorders are not just treated by the same drugs, and involving the same parts of the brain but also running in the same families. Related means just that, related. Not identical, not "everyone has both", they just go together more often than statistically expected.

When you have spent 9 years in medical school, and run controlled studies to disprove this theory rather than just posting a retrospective of your opinions on once a week group visits with 400 people, then I will conclude that it's a "crazy" idea. Until then, perhaps you should consider getting a life.

Posted by: K at August 12, 2009 4:02 PM