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Doctor insights on: Natural Mood Stabilizers For Children

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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

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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 is a mood stabilizer?

What is a mood stabilizer?

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. ...Read more

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How do mood stabilizers make you better?

They help to: Balance neurochemicals in the brain so that your highs are not as high and your lows are not as low. ...Read more

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What could I do to make a homemade mood stabilizer?

Mood stabilizer: If we have answer to that, we would make lot of people happy! . ...Read more

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Just started lithium. Is lithium a good mood stabilizer?

Lithium is: A good mood stabilizer for many people. Although I don't see a mood disorder listed, I believe you may have indicated in one of your past questions that you have a bipolar spectrum mood disorder. Your psychiatrist will likely select your mood stabilizer depending on which type of bipolar do you have, side effect profile ; response to previous medications. Take care. ...Read more

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Are there any mood stabilizers that do not increase appetite and are safe to take long term?

Is it that drug?: Often people taking mood stabilizers are also receiving 2nd generation antipsychotics which in themselves can cause weight gain. Check with your physician. Data on side effects for valproic acid and specifically depamide indicates less than 1% may have weight gain. Asimilar number may have weight loss as well. ...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 you've 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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Are there mood stabilizers that do not cause increased appetite?

Mood stabilizers: Yes there are meds that don't cause much weight changes.Your psychiatrist can also combine meds in a ratio that weight gain does not become an issue. While all said diet and regular excercise is still important to consider while on these sort of meds. ...Read more

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If someone with no mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer. What happens?

If someone with no mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer. What happens?

Not a lot, probably: If someone without a mood disorder takes a mood stabilizer, there is no benefit. You would be exposed to the side effects of the medication, with no reason to take it and no symptoms to track for "improvement." seems like a waste to me. I wonder why you would want to take it? ...Read more

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Is it common when a mood stabilizer to constantly unmotivated and kind of flat?

Yes: Mood stabilizers tend to be sedating, causing flatness of affect. This occurs in some people more than others, and with some medications more than others. If you are unhappy with your affect on this mood stabilizer, don't stop it, discuss adverse effects with your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any anti depressants or mood stabilizers that don't cause you to gain weight?

Are there any anti depressants or mood stabilizers that don't cause you to gain weight?

Yes: It differs for each patient. Wellbutrin can be helpful for overweight depressed patients who desire to lose weight. Topamax (topiramate) can impact appetite. Lexapro is overall considered weight neutral. However, each person responds differently to medications. You may not have weight gain with any antidepressants or mood stabilizer or you could with all of them. ...Read more

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Are there any alternatives to lithium that are just as good of a mood stabilizer but don't require the blood monioring?

Provider check: There are different alternatives like depakote, lactimal, etc but each one has own set of side effects and specific instances for which one works for which person Talk to you mental health provider and determine which one would help you They need to know your symptoms and your other medications in order to provide the best care ...Read more

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Would like to try the Ablifiy, but do I just take him off the Zpreza? And can we start that dose out higher because of how severe he is right now? And is the Ablifiy a mood stabilizer? Sorry lots of questions! He's just crying one minute and hitting the n

Why?: Changing from one medicine to another is really not a casual matter. You need to involve your prescriber. Is there sufficient reason to change? How long, and what doses have been tried? Is there a side effect? Is Abilify (aripiprazole) the best choice to switch to? What are the risks and benefits? You need your prescriber's involvement in this. ...Read more

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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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Are obgyns licensed to prescribe anti-depressants or mood stabilizers?

Probably: In most states an ob/gyn is licensed to deal with mental health issues. It is common for ob/gyns to help their patients with these issues. ...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