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Usage of Antiepileptic Agents in Psychiatry

Written by
Dr. Alok Vinod Kulkarni
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Jun 22, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read



Antiepileptics are routinely used in neurology, and this is common knowledge. This article elaborates on the uses of antiepileptic agents in the field of psychiatry.

Usage of Antiepileptic Agents in Psychiatry

It is a common misconception that, only neurologists are entitled to prescribe anticonvulsants (antiepileptic agents). The field of psychiatry has utilized antiepileptics in treating a host of conditions, predominantly mood disorders. Anticonvulsants are also used to stabilize the mood of individuals in aggression, personality disorders, and bipolar affective disorder, previously called manic-depressive illness.

Research has shown that some of the routinely used anticonvulsants show great promise in affective disorders. For example, we all know that Sodium valproate is the first line agent to treat seizures of all type, except focal seizures, for which Lamotrigine or Carbamzepine are the first line agents.

Surprisingly, all the three aforementioned agents are utilized to treat a host of neuropsychiatric conditions.

Sodium Valproate:



Newer Anticonvulsants:


Consult a psychiatrist online for queries regarding the use of anticonvulsants in depressive disorders -->


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