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Anyone find adding a mood stabilizer made a difference?

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Anyone find that adding a mood stabilizer has made any difference? I am having good days then very bad .... wondering if a mood stabilizer may help as others have suggested here. Will ask my dr in a few weeks but am curious to hear from others. Thanks.....
 

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I was put on a med for migraines that happens to be used as a mood stabilizer. While that wasn't the purpose in putting me on it I do think it made a difference. None of my meds were technically prescribed for mental health. They were initially intended for other reasons, it was a happy surprise it has all made a difference in my overall stability.
 
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Sounds exactly what I need. Every other day I am a mental mess. Seriously suicidal one day then the next I cannot believe that I felt that bad the day before....it’s unreal.
 
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I’m on the Invega injection. It’s really convenient as you don’t have to worry about taking a pill every day, you just go see a nurse to have it administered once a month. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my mood (most days). In conjunction with exercise my anxiety is controlled a lot better than it was before I started it. Also, as someone else stated my lows aren’t as low (usually). It’s really expensive but if you have coverage it might be worth looking into.
 

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I'm on trintellix since the beginning of October. I was on it a year before but when I lost my job and insurance and psychiatrist and with no one watching, and because it seemed like it didn't really do much, I stopped. Now I'm finding it is not doing much again but there are no bad side effects so I'm continuing.

But what has been stabilizing my mood has been doing positive affirmations. In fact I've been feeling the best I have in years. I began the affirmations mid summer and when my new psychiatrist suggested I go on trintellix again I was ok with it in the hopes and belief that it would kind of complement the affirmations and be an even more positive thing. Clearly I still have much on my mind but it seems like I'm beginning to "come back to life" .

I'm definitely in a much better place and even during times when I'm feeling overwhelmed (and have trouble doing things like answering and keeping track of posts here), I don't feel in danger, or that I can't overcome the present difficulties and am able to be proactive and continue to handle things.

I think affirmations need to be very thought out by the person doing them and clearly focused on something or things you want in your life. I think of it as installing a program that will perform a specific function. Well, this is how I approached it and am doing it and I feel like I'm having great results.

I'm becoming an advocate for positive affirmations as something that helps and is not a med. I'd prefer to not be on meds. I think you'd have to keep at the affirmations daily and for months to see results but it can be done.
 
#13
Anyone find that adding a mood stabilizer has made any difference? I am having good days then very bad .... wondering if a mood stabilizer may help as others have suggested here. Will ask my dr in a few weeks but am curious to hear from others. Thanks.....
I take topiramate at 100mgs. It's also prescribed for migraines and weight loss.

It helps with impulse control and reacting to things. I find if I dont take it, I get agitated. So, yes it helps.
 
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I was put on a med for migraines that happens to be used as a mood stabilizer. While that wasn't the purpose in putting me on it I do think it made a difference. None of my meds were technically prescribed for mental health. They were initially intended for other reasons, it was a happy surprise it has all made a difference in my overall stability.
@Nick same here as the medicine prescribed to me. The combination now seems to be such a fine combination a d for that I'm grateful. And to think I was reluctant to add that 3rd one of ambilify. Now, I think, dummy.
 

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