Medications for a mental illness can often be discouraging. Finding the right drug and getting well is a goal that can be achieved.
The medication merry-go-round gets weary very fast if you have a mental illness such as bipolar disorder. I am a person with a mental illness, I am like any other person that has a condition. I need to be treated appropriately with medication. With bipolar, oftentimes we need to be treated with potent psychotropic drugs such as anti-psychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. These medications can have adverse affects on a long term basis.
There are numerous side affects we sometimes must tolerate to reach a stabilized range. One reason those of us with a mental illness quit their medication is the side affects are not always an equal trade off. If the side affects were less bothersome, we would more than likely be more compliant in taking our much needed psychiatric medications. Many side affects go away after a few weeks, however some do not. Often times another medication is given in place of the discontinued one. Or most times we end up taking several medications at a time to maintain stability.
What most often happens is a vicious cycle of trying new medications to make you healthy and stable. Most times those of us with disorders such as Bipolar or Schizophrenia requires more than just one medication, so it is hard to establish which one is bringing about the adverse side affects. Therefore creating a lack of desire to take the much needed psychiatric drug. Thus causing set backs in treatment. But with perseverance and overcoming the negative side of taking medications the merry-go-round cycle can be broken. Wellness and stability can be achieved if you decide taking psychiatric medications is right for you.
If we are lucky enough to find that magic medication combination that works, it will stabilize us and make us happier and gratified person. If we are stabilized there is less chance for mood changes and less of that merry-go-round ride.
Here you will find a list of psychiatric medications most often prescribed for Bipolar, and other mental illness disorders.
- Prolixin-Given by a shot.
- Stelazine-Also prescribed for anxiety.
- Luvox-Also used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD)
- Paxil-Also prescribed for OCD
This is not a complete list medications.These are the newest and most often prescribed psychiatric medications.
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