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Doctor insights on: Mood Stabilizers For Depression And Anxiety

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I have server anxiety, clinical depression. No medications or mood stabilizers have worked is there away I can get a medical marijuana card for it?

I have server anxiety, clinical depression. No medications or mood stabilizers have worked is there away I can get a medical marijuana card for it?

THC might make your: Symptoms worse. Possible effects of marijuana: anxiety, depression, fear, panic, delusions, paranoia, hallucinations, losing touch with reality, inattentiveness, short-term memory problems, disturbances of thought processes. Fatigue, poor concentration, slowed reaction times & slowed problem solving. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

I have tried pretty much every medication for my severe depression as well as mood stabilizers. Nothing works what next as far as treatment goes?

Combination rx, ECT: Severe depression unresponsive to the usual meds is called "treatment resistant." strategies include maximizing dosages & "augmenting" with additional meds. Electroconvulsive treatment (ect, "shock treatment") is very effective in extreme cases, esp. If delusions are present. Short of this, I often tell patients that if meds alone haven't worked, try meds plus psychotherapy (safe, often helps). ...Read more

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Bipolar 2. Tried MANY meds, even mood stabilizers. There is never any middle ground, just severe depression, or mild depression plus hypomania. Why?!

Bipolar RX: Bipolar 2. Tried MANY meds, even mood stabilizers. There is never any middle ground, just severe depression, or mild depression plus hypomania. Why?! ANS: Bipolar disease is a complex disease and may take a long time to get correct Rx. You did not mention Lithium. Discuss with your Drs. Review your problems and concerns and perhaps ask 4 referral to someone who takes care of difficult Bipolars. ...Read more

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Trying to find a mood stabilizer bipolar-depression med that does not make you gain weight I've tried zyprexa saphris (asenapine) and latuda?

Lithium: Consider lithium, and speak to your doctor about it. Lithium is a tried, tested and proven mood stabiliser. It has some limitations, which include toxicity at high levels and thyroid dysfunction, but it does not cause weight gain. Its level will need to be monitored periodically. It may be a reasonable choice. Do discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm getting depressed. A doc answered a question I had but nobody agreed. Will lithium wrk good for ppl that r to sensitive to other mood stabilizers?

People r different: Lithium is a salt that is effective for bipolar disorder cade noted this in 1948 but it wasn't on the market in the us until 1970--still one of few drugs proven to reduce suicide on other hand it has side effects including cognitive dullness and kidney damage, some pts do very well on it. ...Read more

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I switched to Escitalopram 10mg since 1 month for OCD, I feel fine but it makes me so depressed with insomnia, which mood stabilizer is good?

Well....: Don't know enough about your condition to make a recommendation. If you are feeling more depressed with less sleep secondary to lexapro - then you need to let your doctor know. If that is the case, then perhaps you need a different medication to treat your obsessive compulsive disorder rather than adding in a mood stabilizer. Do you also have a separated mood disorder? ...Read more

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Been prescribed a b12 injection by my dr. I have probs with mood, anxiety and depression and have been on several meds. He thinks the b12 will help.

Been prescribed a b12 injection by my dr. I have probs with mood, anxiety and depression and have been on several meds. He thinks the b12 will help.

B 12 injections will: Help w/energy and nerve health. Please do what your doc says. Also, see a mental health professional for training in how to deal w/this. Don't use medicine only. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I suffer from depression & anxiety. I'm having difficulty finding support groups for it. Can I go to a mood disorder group? Would this fall under that?

I suffer from depression & anxiety. I'm having difficulty finding support groups for it. Can I go to a mood disorder group? Would this fall under that?

Anxiety & Depression: Mood disorders include anxiety and depression. They also include bipolar disorder and major depression. Please check out a group or two and see how things go. Each group has its own personality and make up. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

I've been having depression and increased anxiety. I take 10mg of Lexapro (escitalopram) my mood is better but anxiety worse in certain situations. What wi help?

Discuss with your MD: It takes about 4-6 weks before you get the full effect of lexapro (escitalopram). You have to wait. Then the dose can be increased to 20 mg. Anxiety usually requires a higher dose than depression. Also the anxiety emerges while depression lifts because you have to face the stressors of world as you get better. ...Read more

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Anxiety forgetfull can't finish things can't concentrate mood swings depression?

Anxious Depression?: Or maybe a bipolar type of anxious depression? Is this a new problem? Is there loss of energy, drive and motivation? Are the mood swings random or are they caused by stress you can identify? Severe anxiety alone can cause most of those symptoms. Concentration is generally not good in anxiety and depression. Talk to your physician or see a counselor for an evaluation. They can help you solve it. ...Read more

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

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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I am on Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) 50 for anxiety and depression. It is day 13, my mood seems to fluctuate from energized to flat, tired and unmotivated.

Too early to tell: In general, antidepressants take about 4-6 weeks before an appreciable difference is seen. However, during the early stages of treatment, it is also possible that the symptoms you describe may be side effects of medication. Recommend discussing your concerns with your doctor, who knows your particular history. From there an appropriate clinical decision can be made on how to proceed. Best. ...Read more

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Pain diagnosed as being result of depression/anxiety. Should antidepressants resolve both pain and mood?

No guarantee: Recommend mixing in other modalities as well as medications. There are a # of ways to addressdepression & anxiety: Cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior modification, individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Homeopathy, meditation, Yoga, exercise program or Progressive muscle relaxation. ...Read more

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Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

Obsessive thoughts. Mood swings throughout the day. Extreme anxiety depression. Obsessive actions. What is this?

In addition to the: Medical advice already given, please see a mental health professional for evaluation for possible Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, especially if you are trying to ward off impending danger that you may not even be able to identify. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety panic attacks nothing feels real I'm constantly dissociated depression never in a good mood always uncomfortable mentally?

Anxiety panic attacks nothing feels real I'm constantly dissociated depression never in a good mood always uncomfortable mentally?

Mental health: Please consult a psychiatrist as there may be behavioral therapy and/or medications that would help. Your symptoms are due to chemical imbalance in the brain and are not a moral failing. You deserve to feel better, but you have to take the first step by contacting a doctor for an evaluation.
Wish you good health! ...Read more

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I'm currently taking sertryline and promazine for depression and anxiety but I'm still feeling low with periods of high and stable mood?

Sxs: Was that high and stable mood or high and unstable mood? If you are experiencing agitation, sleeplessness, rapid thoughts, euphoria, rapid speech, increased energy level, restlessness - please notify your prescribing provider right away. ...Read more

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Am I attention seeking? I feel like I have depression because I'm always in a negative mood and get tons of anxiety at school which makes me cry?

Am I attention seeking? I feel like I have depression because I'm always in a negative mood and get tons of anxiety at school which makes me cry?

Depression: I understand your concern
Always being in negative mood and getting tons of anxiety are real.
these symptoms are not just for attention seeking
Stresses at home, in school, and in your relationships most likely are causing these feelings of depression and anxiety.
Counseling with a Therapist will be beneficial. ...Read more

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I'm facing problems related to acidity indigestion, and anxiety. Which sometimes swipes my mood into depression and tense situation. Please help.

Anxiety: Chronic anxiety should be dealt with as it does affect your physical health as well. Treatment consists of stress management techniques and perhaps short term use of tranquilizers as directed by your physician or psychiatrist. For heartburn, follow a bland diet which also avoids spices, fried and greasy foods, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine. Take antacids as needed and daily prilosec for treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Pack
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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


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more