Do you feel like your moods change more frequently than the tides? If you have frequent mood swings, ranging anywhere from deep depression to feeling on top of the world, you may be suffering from a cyclical mood disorder like Bipolar Affective Disorder or Cyclothymia. Your healthcare provider can help you determine the severity of your symptoms and will likely recommend a combination of medication and psychotherapy to help.
We refer to medications used to treat cyclical mood disorders as Mood Stabilizers. Mood stabilizers include:
- Lithium Carbonate
In addition to one of the medications above, your provider may also suggest other medications be added to treatment regimen to better help control symptoms. Some of those common medications include:
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Sleep aides
- Medication that helps improve motivation, focus and concentration
It is very important for people with cyclical mood disorders to consistently take a medication that helps keep your mood steady.
Mood stabilizers like anticonvulsants, antipsychotics and Lithium Carbonate are all used for this purpose. When people with cyclical mood disorders, like Bipolar Affective Disorder, come off of their medications, relapse of symptoms is likely to occur. If you have a cyclical mood disorder and take an antidepressant medication without a mood stabilizer, you may experience an episode of excessive energy, marked by impulsive behavior and a decreasing need for sleep. Some people may be very irritable during these episodes while others may report feeling better than they ever have before. These periods are called manic, hypomanic or mixed episodes, depending on the severity of you symptoms.
Taking a mood stabilizer daily will help prevent these episodes, which means you are protecting your brain’s health.