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What should you know about mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder?

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Mood stabilizers don't have the same effects. Some (such as lithium) are better at treating mania, while others (such as lamotrigine) may be more useful for depression.

Keep in mind that the term "mood stabilizer" can be misleading. If you take one, your mood can still change during the day. These medicines treat full episodes of mania or depression that last for several days or weeks at a time.

From: Medications for Bipolar Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

National Institute of Mental Health: “How is Bipolar Disorder Treated?”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II.

American Journal of Psychiatry : "Practice Guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. Part A: Treatment recommendations for patients with bipolar disorder."

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

National Institute of Mental Health: “How is Bipolar Disorder Treated?”

Fieve, R. Bipolar II.

American Journal of Psychiatry : "Practice Guideline for the treatment of patients with bipolar disorder. Part A: Treatment recommendations for patients with bipolar disorder."

Mayo Clinic: “Bipolar disorder.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on April 6, 2018

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