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Depakote and manic depression

Posted By Ellie on August 31, 1998 at 12:28:01:

Someone I know was recently admitted to a mental health treatment center and prescribed Depakote (a traditional anti-seizure medication) for symptoms of bipolar disorder.  He says that Tegretol is also being prescribed for this condition.  How do these drugs work, on the molecular level, to reduce the symptoms of manic depression?  Are these effective treatments?  What, if any, is the relationship between seizures and/or epilepsy and bipolar disorder?  Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
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