“Ron continues to ask me questions about Lithium and the effects on his kidneys and thyroid. I have no idea what he is talking about, but I want to help.” Lily articulated these words to Dawn, as they were getting ready for the weekly talk on Mood Stabilizers. “There is a lot to know about Lithium, and we could spend days just talking about it.
“I heard Topamax makes patients and clients lose weight, while Lithium and Depakote cause them to gain weight. Please tell us what we should know about Topamax.” This was Lily’s additional question for Dawn, who responded, “We can talk today about Topamax and a few more Mood Stabilizers.”
“I am starting to have an idea about the mood stabilizers. There are so many of them. How do I break them down to learn the basics about each one?” Lily posed this question to Dawn, who had started with an overview of the Mood Stabilizers.
Mood stabilizers are medications used in the field of psychiatry and neurology to treat conditions that affect the mood. They can help suppress the fluctuations between mania and depression.While mood stabilizers are often used for rapid and short mood changes, they should be used as a last resort.