Posted by emily elizabeth on September 18, 2012, at 18:14:22
In reply to 1st Mood Stabilizer-What Would You Start With?, posted by Gia36 on September 17, 2012, at 22:45:50
I was originally dx'd MDD, but it has been updated to BP II. Lithium was helpful to me and the good news is that often if you are using it to augment and more for depression than mania, you can get away with a lower dose (i.e., fewer side effects).
Although not a mood stablizer per se, I had great results with Abilify. I am wondering if the fact that it is considered somewhat activating might make it a good choice for you.
I'm doing well on Lamictal now after a failed attempt with it a few years ago. So, it is possible that you will have a different experience this time around.