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Can you take a mood stabilizer without an antidepressant?

Asked by: Iuliana Hayaletdinov

asked in category: General Last Updated: 7th April, 2020

Can you take a mood stabilizer without an antidepressant?

Antidepressants can trigger mania in people with bipolar disorder. If antidepressants are used at all, they should be combined with a mood stabilizer such as lithium or valproic acid. Taking an antidepressant without a mood stabilizer is likely to trigger a manic episode. Antidepressants can increase mood cycling.

Similarly one may ask, is a mood stabilizer the same as an antidepressant?

Mood stabilizers are not the same thing as antidepressants. Both classes of medications are sometimes used to treat the various forms of depression.

Subsequently, question is, do mood stabilizers help with anxiety? When treating a co-occurring anxiety and bipolar disorder with medication, most doctors first prescribe a mood stabilizer to address the bipolar disorder. Starting an antidepressant (a common medication approach for anxiety disorders) before mood stabilization is achieved may worsen the bipolar disorder symptoms.

Similarly, what is the best mood stabilizer for depression?


How do I know if I need a mood stabilizer?

You’re experiencing mood swings or irritability. You turn to alcohol or drugs to change your mood. You feel chronically guilty or worthless. You have periods where you experience poor judgement, restlessness, or even euphoria.

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