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What is a mood stabilizer?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
Mood stabilizer: Mood stabilizing medications are often needed for bipolar or schizoaffective disorder, conditions where mood lability causes big problems. Medicines like lithium, plus anticonvulsants such as depakote, lamictal, and topomax are in this category and can help greatly. The idea is not to eliminate all mood changes, but to prevent mania and depression -- very painful and personally disruptive states.
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