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What Do Mood Stabilisers Feel Like

Looney Tunes

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As the title says, what do mood stabilisers feel like? My PDoc has talked about starting me on them.

During our last session I said that my moods had been up and down with some great ups but horrible downs but that I realised that’s life, ups and downs. She wrote in the latest report that I enjoy this.

I’m just coming out of a 5 month horrible down period and really don’t want to go through that again, but at the same time I don’t want to lose the happy happy times. I’m feeling really good at the moment and even though I know it’s going to be short lived I don’t want to take a medication that’ll stop me feeling happy as well as stopping the sad times. Life is peaks and troughs.
 
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As the title says, what do mood stabilisers feel like? My PDoc has talked about starting me on them.

During our last session I said that my moods had been up and down with some great ups but horrible downs but that I realised that’s life, ups and downs. She wrote in the latest report that I enjoy this.

I’m just coming out of a 5 month horrible down period and really don’t want to go through that again, but at the same time I don’t want to lose the happy happy times. I’m feeling really good at the moment and even though I know it’s going to be short lived I don’t want to take a medication that’ll stop me feeling happy as well as stopping the sad times. Life is peaks and troughs.
Here’s the thing, you are right that life has normal highs and lows where you might be happy one day and sad the next, these are perfectly normal emotions. If you are like this, I wouldn’t take anything to stabilise my mood. If however you are saying you have BPD highs and lows, where you are ecstatic rather than happy and really suffer rather than just feel sad, that you are in either a hyper or hypo mode, then I would take mood stabilisers. That’s mainly because I believe the way we suffer is absolutely intolerable and anything that alleviates that has got to be a good thing.
 
Looney Tunes

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This is the thing, the last 5 months have been hell. I have felt absolutely miserable and convinced 95% of the people I’m in contact with either don’t want to know me or are actively out to get me and I’ve had no energy at all.

Switch that round to the last week, I feel amazing. My BPD is my superpower, it let’s me feel more empathetic, makes me extra charismatic but there’s a very small part of my mind (the same part that saves me from the depression - Mindfulness) that’s telling me I’m overconfident.

I’m quite happy to be somewhere in the middle but I don’t want a grey life. Stuck feeling neither happy or sad, virtually no emotional content to my life.
 
Looney Tunes

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Here’s the thing, you are right that life has normal highs and lows where you might be happy one day and sad the next, these are perfectly normal emotions. If you are like this, I wouldn’t take anything to stabilise my mood. If however you are saying you have BPD highs and lows, where you are ecstatic rather than happy and really suffer rather than just feel sad, that you are in either a hyper or hypo mode, then I would take mood stabilisers. That’s mainly because I believe the way we suffer is absolutely intolerable and anything that alleviates that has got to be a good thing.
Sorry, the above post was supposed to be a reply to yours but it seems the ‘+Quote’ tab doesn’t do anything?
 
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This is the thing, the last 5 months have been hell. I have felt absolutely miserable and convinced 95% of the people I’m in contact with either don’t want to know me or are actively out to get me and I’ve had no energy at all.

Switch that round to the last week, I feel amazing. My BPD is my superpower, it let’s me feel more empathetic, makes me extra charismatic but there’s a very small part of my mind (the same part that saves me from the depression - Mindfulness) that’s telling me I’m overconfident.

I’m quite happy to be somewhere in the middle but I don’t want a grey life. Stuck feeling neither happy or sad, virtually no emotional content to my life.
I know what you mean. If mindfulness keeps you out of depression I wouldn’t take them. If you’re getting depressed with suicidal ideation, that’s when they are needed.
 
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I know what you mean. If mindfulness keeps you out of depression I wouldn’t take them. If you’re getting depressed with suicidal ideation, that’s when they are needed.
This is the problem, I dropped down a dose on one of my antidepressants and it’s taken over a month to get back on track. Mindfulness worked but as time goes by it gets harder and harder work and it wears me down to where I start to wondering if it’s worth staying alive and then it gets worse...
 
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This is the problem, I dropped down a dose on one of my antidepressants and it’s taken over a month to get back on track. Mindfulness worked but as time goes by it gets harder and harder work and it wears me down to where I start to wondering if it’s worth staying alive and then it gets worse...
There’s your answer then. It’s maybe too dangerous not to take them. 🤷‍♂️
 
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Mood stabilisers probably affect everyone a bit differently but they have helped me cope with my BPD a lot. I am on Lamotrigine and it has reduced my impulsivity, depression (still have down-periods but not as 'down') and just general emotional reactivity (i.e. when people cancel, when I feel abandoned). Before taking them I constantly felt like having to go to the emergency room because I could not deal with things and I feel like they have stabilised me a lot. I did not lose my happy periods, I feel like I am experiencing a normal happiness now rather than feeling 'hypomanic'. That said, that's obviously only my experience and it can be different for different people!
 
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My doc currently has me on Lithium and Wellbutrin for mood stabilization. The fact that I am also bipolar, not just borderline, is relevant. That said...

I personally have no negative side effects with these medications. They don't feel like anything to me. This morning when I woke up it occurred to me that even though I need higher doses and still have some pretty bad lows, I haven't self-harmed or even thought of doing so ever since I've been on the meds.

In short...I don't "feel" the meds, I just feel better.
 
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I'm no doctor, but I believe mood stabilisers are for more frequent ups and downs. It seems you have more of the depressive bit.

I'm currently on Lithium for mood stabilisation, but as the previous poster, I have bipolar as well as BPD. Without it, I experience highs and lows in extremes daily.
 
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