MedCircle Original Series

The Comprehensive Guide to Mood Stabilizers

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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Series Overview

Mood Stabilizers 101: How They Work & Who They’re For 14 Min

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.

Lithium: Your In-Depth Understanding 11 Min

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.

Depakote: Your In-Depth Understanding 9 Min

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.

Carbamazepine: Your In-Depth Understanding 9 Min

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.

Lamotrigine: Your In-Depth Understanding 10 Min

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.

Second-Generation Antipsychotics (SGAs): Your In-Depth Understanding 15 Min

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.

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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.

Who is this series for?

This is series provides a great education for those who are considering or currently taking a mood stabilizer.

This series is incredibly insightful for 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.

"I was very nervous when I was put on a mood stabilizer by my doctor. However, I feel much better after learning about how they work and what questions I should be asking my doctor."
- MedCircle Member

In this series, you’ll discover:

  • 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

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

Double Board Certified Psychiatrist, D.O.

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