Posted by ClaudiaP on March 8, 2005, at 13:32:41
In reply to Re: cyclothymia, mood stabilizers & Sean's reading, posted by Susan on August 8, 1999, at 21:42:40
> >Have you noticed this change over time? Sometimes I wonder about the sort of long term course of this. I have read that there are physical changes in the brain that might be avoidable if I were to stay on a mood stabilizer more or less permanently.
> Do you remember where you read this? Sometimes I wonder if using an antidepressant in the down phase is causing physical changes in my brain that results in faster cycling. But when I am up I am basically just normal so would a mood stabilizer be justified and would the benefits outweigh the risks? If so, which one would you try first? (With Effexor.)
> Reading your posts have assured me that I am not the only person who has cyclothymia symptoms. I only wish I had some of the creativity aspects!
There is a very good artilce on bpkids.com that discusses the protective effects of lithium and other stabilizers from the neurological damage caused by moodswings.