This section gives information about medication that can stabilise the highs and lows of your mood. These are often known as mood stabilisers.
- You may get mood swings if you have some mental illnesses, including bipolar disorder (previously called manic depression) and schizoaffective disorder.
- Mood swings can cause high moods (mania) and low moods (depression). If you have a mood disorder, you may be given mood stabilising medication which evens out the highs and the lows of your mood.
- There are different types of medication that can help stabilise mood.
- Everyone reacts differently to medication and there can be side effects. Speak to your doctor about your medication if you have any questions.
This section covers:
- What are mood stabilisers?
- What different types of mood stabilisers are there?
- Are there any side effects?
- What if I stop taking mood stabilisers?
- Will my mood stabilisers affect other medication?
- Will drinking alcohol affect my mood stabiliser?
- Can I drive when taking my mood stabiliser?
- What else should I consider before taking mood stabilisers?
These pages are created by the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in October 2016. Next Review May 2019.
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