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Explains what mood stabilising drugs are, what they're used for, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.
Managing a condition like bipolar disorder without mood stabilisers can be challenging, but medication isn't right for everyone, and you might find that you want to explore other ways to manage your mood. This could be alongside taking medication, or instead of it.
"I'd taken mood stabilisers for many years and they just stopped me feeling anything. That’s not the way forward [for me]. I have been off them for some years now and with the help of a therapist I'm having to learn to feel again!"
You might find that some of the following options could work for you:
This information was published in February 2015. We will revise it in 2019.
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