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What are some mood stabilizer antidepressants?

What are some mood stabilizer antidepressants?

An ideal, not a fact: Mood stabilizers, typically used to treat bipolar disorder, include lithium, several anticonvulsants, & several antipsychotics. Essentially all currently available meds are much more effective for mania than for depression. Many with bipolar disorder, therefore, find that depression is a recurrent problem. A mood stabilizer that truly helps prevent both is much-needed but elusive. ...Read more

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Mood (Definition)

Is how a patient says they feel, or how someone feels internally, versus how someone's mood appears, which is called "affect." if you say your mood is "happy, " and you appear to be so, we would say that your affect is congruent. If, however, you actually look really angry, we would say your mood is "happy" and ...Read more


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What are good over-the-counter mood stabilizers?

WHY DO YOU WANT THEM: If you're considering taking them its likely youve seen difficulty you can't fix alone. Work with someone. A therapist can usually help with these things and if it seems tobe serious trouble a therapist can recommend someone who can really help. ...Read more

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What natural medicines are best for enhancing mood and energy?

The best medicine...: ....To enhance mood and energy is a good diet and frequent exercise, combined with adequate sleep. ...Read more

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Are there any ADHD medications that work well with mood stabilizers?

Why are you asking?: This is a question that shouldn't be answered without learning what the meds are being used for. Is the mood stabilizer the appropriate one? Are there multiple diagnoses being made? Is there drug or alcohol use? ...Read more

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Are there any mood stabilisers for rapid mood swings?

Absolutely!: But you must work with a medical provider to find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more

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What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

What are mood disorders besides mania and depression?

Cyclothymia also: I agree with drs. Fox and ali -- but want to add cyclothymia also in the mood disorders. It causes emotional ups and downs, but not as extreme as in bipolar disorder type i or ii. It is not very common but starts in teen years -- and stable periods last less than 2 months. Can bring about all kinds of difficulties, if untreated. ...Read more

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How effective are natural anti-depressants in curing depression?

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How effective are natural anti-depressants in curing depression?

Can be similar: Depends on which remedy. St. John's wort has the most data available and appears similar to other antidepressants in quite a few studies (http://www.Aafp.Org/afp/2005/1201/p2249.Html). 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-htp) and tryptophan also have been studied and appear to work for depression. ...Read more

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Are there any natural medicines for moods & energy?

Are there any natural medicines for moods & energy?

Yes: Eat sensibly and exercise hard. Health doesn't come off a dinner plate or out of a supplement bottle. Cheers. ...Read more

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Does prescription sleeping aids counter act the effectiveness of mood stabilers and antidepressants prescribed for bipolar disorder?

Does prescription sleeping aids counter act the effectiveness of mood stabilers and antidepressants prescribed for bipolar disorder?

No: Used correctly, prescription sleep aids support a person's sleep cycle, which is vital to stabilization of mood in bipolar disorder. The goal is to use sleep aids only as needed, and not to stay on them indefinitely. They do not counteract the effectiveness of mood stabilizers or antidepressants. However, use of alcohol and other drugs could possibly do this. ...Read more

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How are depressive mood and depressive disorder different?

Mood vs disorder: We all have depressive mood from time to time. I.E. -my goldfish dies and i feel sad. However a major depressive disorder is a minumum of a two week period of feeling low which is associated with things like changes in sleep pattern or appetite. It can effect self esteem, motivation levels, ability to feel joy. One might feel helpless or hopeless or even have thoughts of suicide. ...Read more

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Do bipolar mood swings have variations in each extreme mood?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you are asking, but there are certainly variations in degree of symptoms between individuals and between episodes of the same individual. One thing we do know is that the more episodes you have, the more frequent they occur and the more severe they become. The more stable the mood over time, the better the prognosis. ...Read more

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Are lamitrogine and wellbutrin (bupropion) helpful with bipolar depression, energy, and mental clarity?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Are lamitrogine and wellbutrin (bupropion) helpful with bipolar depression, energy, and mental clarity?

Lamictal: Lamictal is excellent mood stabilizers as long as you do not develop rash as dose is raised, although rare. Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used cautiously in depressed phase of bipolar, watching out for signs of agitation or irritability or pressured speech. ...Read more

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Can wellbutrin (bupropion) and lithium improve anxiety, depression, and overal mood?

Bipolar disorder: Bipolar disorder is often helped by lithium, which is a mood-stabilizing medication. Sometimes depression is severe enough despite this that an antidepressant like wellbutrin (bupropion) is added -- but not without the mood stabilizer. If prescribed by your psychiatrist and you are followed regularly, the combination may help your mood, wellbutrin (bupropion) is not an anti-anxiety medication, though. ...Read more

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Can mood stabilizers and antidepressants cause heartburn?

Potentially - yes: See you take zoloft (sertraline) - that can cause some GI upset. Would take with food. Don't know which mood stabilizer you are on. ...Read more

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Are there any natural anxiety and depression treatments?

Are there any natural anxiety and depression treatments?

Sure!: First of all, make sure your overall health is good. Proper nutrition, exercise and sleep go a long way in treating anxiety and depressive symptoms. Yogo or other centering exercises and meditation are also often very helpful in reducing anxiety and depression. Keep a good social network, and spiritual connections too. ...Read more

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Do the daylight mood lights really work for bipolar depression?

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Do the daylight mood lights really work for bipolar depression?

Phototherapy: If used as directed, they are effective treatments to therapy for treating seasonal affective disorders ; some bipolar type 2 (cyclothymic disorder). ...Read more

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How many people with bipolar / manic-depression are staying up all night?

How many people with bipolar / manic-depression are staying up all night?

Very common: As colleagues have noted, insomnia occurs commonly in acute manic and depressive phases. Perhaps the phrase "staying up all night" suggests the manic phase, when the sleeplessness is not experienced as distressing, but exhilarating. ...Read more

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How does alcohol interfere with the mechanism of anti depressants and mood stabilizers?

How does alcohol interfere with the mechanism of anti depressants and mood stabilizers?

Alcohol depletes 5ht: Alcohol causes whatever serotonin is available in the brain to be released. This is why you feel good initially. Antidepressants help the brain better utilize what serotonin exists, so after drinking you have basically depleted all the serotonin and can get acutely depressed. It can take up to a week to replenish the serotonin after one episode of drinking (only 4 or more drinks). ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed bipolar 2 and take a mood stabilizer regularly. Are there any natural supplements i can take to help with my downs?

I have been diagnosed bipolar 2 and take a mood stabilizer regularly.   Are there any natural supplements i can take to help with my downs?

Maybe: There might be some that will have a minor effect on your downs, but these should be coordinated with your prescriber as there can be adverse effects. For example, st. John's wort has long been confirmed as a "natural" antidepressant. But that's because the plant synthesizes an antidepressant chemical little different than one made by a pharm company. These are known to provoke mania. ...Read more