The Comprehensive Guide to Mood Stabilizers - MedCircle

The Comprehensive Guide to Mood Stabilizers

6 Sessions

Get a better grasp on the pros, cons, & side effects of mood stabilizers & empower yourself to find the right, most effective medication.

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6 Sessions

Get a better grasp on the pros, cons, & side effects of mood stabilizers & empower yourself to find the right, most effective medication.

Become a MedCircle Insider

  • Access 50+ In-Depth Series
  • Ask Our Doctors Live — Every Week

About the Series

Most people tend to lump all mood stabilizers into the same bucket. Additionally, many people assume this type of medication is only used for treating bipolar disorder.

However, mood stabilizers are not “one size fits all” and can treat other mental health disorders such as treatment-resistant depression. The reasons medical professionals prescribe different classes of mood stabilizers varies from patient to patient. At the same time, the spectrum of bipolar disorder symptoms also varies from patient to patient, so different mood stabilizers may work better than others based on someone’s patient profile.

Double board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Domenick Sportelli is an expert in prescribing mood stabilizers through his psychiatric hospital work. In this educational series, he provides an empowering, in-depth understanding of mood stabilizers. He walks through each class of mood stabilizers currently available, their side effects, the timelines each one takes to really work, and a behind-the-scenes look of what should go into an adequate prescribing process.

51% of people with symptoms of bipolar disorder don’t comply with their medication regimen. This education will empower patients and their loved ones to better grasp the ins and outs of mental health treatment. In turn, they’ll understand how to talk to their doctor about their treatment options in order to improve their mental health outcomes.

An educated patient is the best patient—and we know statistically that an educated patient has the best outcomes.

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Dr. Domenick Sportelli

Who Is This For?

This series is incredibly insightful for patients, supporters, and healthcare workers who want to discover the pros, cons, and side effects of each type of mood stabilizer in order to better inform treatment.

Some of What You Will Learn

  • How mood stabilizers like lithium, depakote, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, and second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) work on a neurological level

  • Which mood stabilizers are wrong for different patient profiles (who they’re not for)

  • The side effects and contraindications of each type of mood stabilizer and how to spot them

  • Dr. Dom’s process for prescribing mood stabilizers

Session Overview

  • Session1

    Mood Stabilizers 101: How They Work & Who They’re For

    In our first session, Dr. Dom shares the foundational knowledge you need on mood stabilizers. He breaks down the history of each class of mood stabilizer and why they work on a neurological level.

    14m
  • Session2

    Lithium: Your In-Depth Understanding

    In this session, Dr. Dom does a deep-dive on lithium, which he calls the “gold standard” of bipolar disorder medication. He explains who it’s for and who it’s NOT for, the side effects, how it impacts manic and depressive episodes, and paints an honest picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

    11m
  • Session3

    Depakote: Your In-Depth Understanding

    Dr. Dom continues the conversation with depakote. He explains who it’s for and who it’s NOT for, the side effects, how it impacts manic and depressive episodes, and paints an honest picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

    8m
  • Session4

    Carbamazepine: Your In-Depth Understanding

    Carbamazepine is a lesser-known class of mood stabilizer, but can be highly effective. In this session, Dr. Dom explains who it’s for and who it’s NOT for, the side effects, how it impacts manic and depressive episodes, and paints an honest picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

    8m
  • Session5

    Lamotrigine: Your In-Depth Understanding

    Lamotrigine is another mood stabilizer that offers a wide range of benefits, without as many side effects as other classes. In this session, Dr. Dom explains who it’s for and who it’s NOT for, the side effects, how it impacts manic and depressive episodes, and paints an honest picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

    10m
  • Session6

    Second-Generation Antipsychotics (SGAs): Your In-Depth Understanding

    In our final session, Dr. Dom breaks down the effectiveness of second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs). He explains who it’s for and who it’s NOT for, the side effects, how it impacts manic and depressive episodes, and paints an honest picture of its strengths and weaknesses.

    14m

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