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Mood stabilizer

A mood stabilizer is a psychiatric medication used in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder to suppress swings between mania and depression.

Mood stabilizers include:

Many antipsychotics also have mood stabilizing effects and are thus commonly prescribed even when psychotic symptoms are absent.

It is also conjectured that Omega-3 fatty acids may have a mood stabilizing effect. However, more research is needed to verify this (a multi-year study of this is now being carried out as of 2001).

Mood stabilizers are also used in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder and occasionally in other mood disorders if they are characterised by rapid and unstable mood shifts and it is felt that the patient might benefit from the medication.

References:

  • "Manic-Depressive Illness" by Frederick K. Goodwin and Kay Redfield Jamison.



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