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Anyone on Depakote or a mood stablizer?

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LOVEMYMUM Sat 13-Sep-08 21:22:00

I've been prescribed Depakote by a psychiatrist after experiencing mania triggered by antidepressants (GP prescribed the Sertraline and only saw me after initial consultation). LO is six months.

What is your experience?

arionater Sat 13-Sep-08 23:34:07

No experience with depakote (or any mood stabilizer) I'm afraid, but just wanted to say that I had the same experience - mania triggered - very dramatically and immediately! - by a tiny dose of antidepressant. I am being carefully monitored by a psychiatrist and they're holding off a stabilizer for now because five months after the AD-induced mania I'm still feeling the after-effects but improving steadily, doing quite well managing it with routine, exercise etc. I think the idea is that if that progress stalls at some point they'll try a stabilizer. I would be really really scared ever to try an AD again, even with a stabilizer as well; but if I started to feel any less stable despite doing all the right things lifestyle wise, I'd be OK about trying a mood stabilizer, and in fact I feel quite reassured to know that they're there to try if it's ever necessary. Just thought I would comment because I was really reassured the first time I came across someone else who'd had the same experience with ADs.

LOVEMYMUM Sun 14-Sep-08 21:24:32

Thanks arionater.

I was told i had to have my mood stablised cos i have a six month old baby to look after and I was erratic (laughing one minute, crying the next).

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