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All Natural Mood Stabilizers
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
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
Absolutely!: But you must work with a medical provider to find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
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
Are lamitrogine and wellbutrin (bupropion) helpful with bipolar depression, energy, and mental clarity?
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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