Lithium and other mood stabilisers

Explains what mood stabilising drugs are, what they're used for, possible side effects and information about withdrawal.

Your stories

What it felt like to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder

Megan shares her experience of struggling with her mental health and receiving a diagnosis.

Posted on 14/05/2014

A letter to Joy about lithium

Laura from our communications team writes an open letter to Joy, the clothes store.

Posted on 22/09/2014

My podcast: a manic soundscape

Robin's blog about how he used his skills in radio production to create a podcast about his hypomania.

Robin Blamires
Posted on 18/06/2014

Useful contacts

Action Postpartum Psychosis

A UK network of women who have experienced postpartum psychosis.

The Breastfeeding Network

A charity that provides information and support around breastfeeding.

Bipolar UK

0333 323 3880
Charity supporting those with bipolar disorder, their families and carers

Coming off psychiatric medication

A website to help you plan withdrawal and come off medication safely.

Electronic Medicines Compendium
Provides Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) on individual drugs.


A supportive online community where you can talk openly about your mental health.

Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (FACT)
Support for those affected by anticonvulsant medication in pregnancy.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency  (MHRA)
Licenses drugs for use in the UK. Runs Yellow Card scheme for reporting side effects.


A supportive online network for all parents and parents-to-be. Provides details of local groups in your area.

National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Publishes evidence-based clinical guidelines on conditions and treatments.


The UK's largest charity for parents. Provides information and details of events and courses near you.


Online parenting advice and information.

Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS)

Support group for those who were born with a fetal anti-convulsant syndrome and their carers.

This information was published in February 2015. We will revise it in 2018.

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