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Old 07-10-2005, 05:45 AM   #1
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mood stabilizers

Are mood stabilizers enough to control bp without severe depression, or is an anti-depressant needed?

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Old 07-10-2005, 05:52 AM   #2
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Re: mood stabilizers

When they first put me on Lithium (stabilizer) I was in the depressed part of my cycle. I was put on an anti-depressant until my Lithium level was ok and my depression had lifted.

That was 20 years ago and I've been on just the lithium with no deep depressions or manias in all that time.
I can say yes for me - although everyone is different!!!

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Re: mood stabilizers

It depends. Some people are able to just be on lithium or another mood stabilizer. Others, usually those with bipolar II and have worse depressions than mania, may require an anti-depressant in addition to a mood stabilizer. However, NEVER just take an anti-depressant alone without a mood stabilizer! This can provoke a manic episode...
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Old 07-10-2005, 09:19 AM   #4
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Re: mood stabilizers

I second Ruth and Gatsby's observations. Wish a mood stabilizer alone worked for me. ADs alone send me over the edge.

I'm BPII and lean more toward the lows than the highs.

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Re: mood stabilizers

I'm BPII ( I think anyway) and tend toward depression than mania. I'm on an anticonvulsant and antipsychotic both working as mood stabilizers. My mania is well controlled but I get wicked depressions often. As a matter of fact, I seem to stay depressed at some level practically all the time. So in my case, no, a mood stabilizer alone has not been enough.
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Old 07-10-2005, 10:36 AM   #6
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Re: mood stabilizers

I am also bp2 and I am on lamictal and lithium with no ad. I also had the manicness when on ad alone. good luck

Old 07-10-2005, 02:11 PM   #7
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Re: mood stabilizers

I love this board! Everyone is always so friendly and helpful. I also don't know if I am bi-polar, but I do feel like anti-depressants make me more irritable and anxious. Mania, maybe? I do not suffer from the severe depression....more of a "guilt" type depression from being so irritable. Probably not true depression at all. Does that make any sense? Anyway, I am thinking about asking my dr. for lactimal and would like to take it alone, if possible.

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