I'm a 23 year old girl and I've recently been diagnosed with bipolar type II disorder. I've had it since I was little but the diagnosis only came when I hit rock bottom and went through the worst depressive stage of my life earlier this year. Since then I've been taking Lamictal 50mg and all was well and my mood was better than ever until it got so elevated I actually went into mania and got really scared. So my psychiatrist lowered the Lamictal to 25mg and added Seroquel 75.5mg (1/4 25mg pill in the morning, 1/4 at lunch and a whole pill before bed).
things are great with the new meds, except for a very weird side effect I can't find among the "official" ones: olfactory hallucinations.
I mostly smell coffee or cigarettes, sometimes men's cologne. They're often triggered by a visual stimulus (I.e. Someone smoking on tv) but sometimes there's no reason at all. They're usually followed by a brief spell of confusion but it's no big deal, I think that's mostly because I'm upset by the fact I'm hallucinating. My psychiatrist told me I should get an EEG to rule out epilepsy (since they begun after I started taking less Lamictal) but I'm not sure that's the answer. First of all I've never had proper hallucinations before, I have synesthesia so imagining a smell until I can see/feel/smell it has always been easy, but that's entirely different!
Could it be my new meds? Or is the bipolar disorder just getting worse? Sure, it's been getting worse in the last few years, but now I'm medicated, shouldn't it get better?
Thank you for your time.