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Natural Mood Stabilizers For Children
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What are some mood stabilizers that are good for people that are extremely sensitive to these meds. Thanks!?
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
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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