A large majority of GOODEN CENTER patients are also dual diagnosed with bipolar disorder or mood disorders that causes them to experience extreme mood swings randomly. Alternating between bouts of euphoria that are frequently accompanied by irrational, manic behavior and suicidal ideation severe enough to demand professional intervention, patients who suffer from mood disorders require a specific kind of medication called “mood stabilizers”.
Commonly prescribed mood stabilizers such as Tegretol and Depakote target the manic phase of mood disorders by increasing levels of GABA in the brain. Gamma-aminobutyric acid is responsible for reducing or stopping signaling activity among neurons as well as preventing seizures caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Lithium is another medication used to treat mood disorders, especially bi-polar disorder, and seems to be the most helpful for patients who experience intense manic episodes.
Lithium was the first medication used to treat bipolar disorder several decades ago and continues to be one of the more successful medications for the treatment of mental health disorders involving rapid and uncontrollable “cycling” of moods.
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