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Psychiatric Medication

Updated on June 16, 2013

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.

Popular Medications Prescribed For Bipolar
Popular Medications Prescribed For Bipolar

Psychiatric Medications

Here you will find a list of psychiatric medications most often prescribed for Bipolar, and other mental illness disorders.


  • Abilifiy
  • Clozapine
  • Prolixin-Given by a shot.
  • Geodon
  • Haldol
  • Invega
  • Seroquel
  • Risperdal
  • Stelazine-Also prescribed for anxiety.
  • Compazine
  • Zyprexa
  • Latuda


  • Lexapro
  • Luvox-Also used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder(OCD)
  • Remeron
  • Paxil-Also prescribed for OCD
  • Pristiq
  • Prozac
  • Zoloft
  • Effexor
  • Desyrel

Mood Stablizers

  • Lithium
  • Neurontin
  • Trileptal
  • Topamax
  • Zonegran
  • Depakote


  • Librium
  • Ativan
  • Lunesta
  • Prosom
  • Restoril
  • Sonata
  • Valium
  • Vistaril

This is not a complete list medications.These are the newest and most often prescribed psychiatric medications.


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    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      6 years ago from Washington MI

      MzCreole, I agree with speaking up, it is most important. I have doctors who change often at the mental health clinic I go to, so I do not hesitate to let them know what I know about myself. We have to be active in our roles, not just take a med because it is given. Do your research as well. :))

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      6 years ago

      I've had experiences with doctors who didn't listen and just gave me a prescription with adverse reactions. I've found that on your first appointment, I told the doctor you need to know me - read my file and listen to me. I found putting this out there at the beginning helps, If they don't have time to do that, you should find another doctor. My treatment is at a place where the doctor changes every year so it's important to take an active role in my treatment. So, to everyone, "Speak Up!"

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      Sufferer-enchanting i will say. I am to far lost to follow my own advice at this moment in time.Tragedy and horror follow my waking hours as i dont sleep or eat..i am at the point of intervention. i admire your wellness poem, you choose to make others well. keep that a vision.

      I to someday hope to have enough left to continue to live as i need to live.

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      7 years ago

      Its a roller coaster ride when you've got bipolar. This article is full of common sense.

      Being 'Mindful' helps.

      Try to focus on one thing at a time.

      Try not to be 'SuperPerson' or you'll end up getting ill again.

      Watch your eating and cravings.

      Take Time out, but don't withdraw completely. Remember, no one ever died of Bipolar, except by their own hand.

      Oh, yeah, and remember to's sorta vital!

      But, er not hyper ventilate!

      Good luck with all that!

      Let me know when you've cracked it!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      7 years ago from Washington MI

      I am glad your sister has found what works for her. Unfortunately that path does not work for everybody. I wish there was one perfect solution for everybody. I am sure there are many people who find they can succeed with therapy alone, but there are others who cannot. It is each individual process, one person may stabilize on one drug while another may not. Same goes for the natural remedies. Some do not take to it while other soar. Thank you for sharing your sister's success.

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      7 years ago

      My sister has had metabolic imbalances, and schizoaffective disorder, all her life. For the past 12 years she has been on antipsych meds that have been giving her side-effects. So she recently found a naturopath that is combining a natural regimen with the meds. She is not feeling the side-effects, anymore. In cases of metabolic imbalances, like this, I believe that natural remedies are the solution. And so, had she, instead, been started on a naturopathic regime 12 years ago, I believe she never would have needed the meds in the first place. In cases with psychological causes, psychotherapy, alone, may be sufficient.

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Tahnk you Mixed Emotin for sharing your comment. I wish we didn't have to suffer with mental illness. It can be so devastating. Especially if it cannot be treated. Yes the euphoric feelings are wonderful, but they never get to stick around do they? Thanks for reading. I hope you stay well.

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      Mixed Emotions 

      8 years ago

      I'm so thankful people share their experiences and emotions on here.I can't believe so many of us have so much in common.It's like,What is this world coming to regarding the people in it.Why do so many of us suffer from Bi-Polar Disease.All i can say is i love the natural Euphoric feeling i get because it made me get in touch with myself in many new ways.I'm glad it's natural.I know i'm so bad saying this.It's just how i feel.Who wouldn't love it and want it to stay.The doctor stabilizes me and the great feeling goes away.It sucks!I manage.I'm just glad you all understand and talk hopeful thoughts.Thank you so much.Love to all!

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Finding the right doctor IS vital to successful drug therapy and sooooo hard to do. I went through quite a few of them and finally found one that listens. It is also very important to stick with one because they are aware of your different moods and can adjust your medication accordingly. Keep 'em coming - I've found it is beneficial to share experiences with others. (I've finally made myself read through these wonderful Hub Pages and found how truly helpful it is!)

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      10 years ago

      It's true. I recently heard a story from a family friend's son who had a very bad experience with a psychiatrist - and I have stories too. Sometimes doctors don't listen long enough and someotimes it's hard for them because it's not as simple as connecting the dots. It's seems like it could be though - with expensive testing. Recently I realized the importance of interviewing doctors. Once I found one that worked well it made such a difference. Good luck!

    • crazybeanrider profile imageAUTHOR

      Boo McCourt 

      10 years ago from Washington MI

      I know we have to trust the fact that the doctor knows what they are doing. I often wonder when they prescribe large doses or multiple drugs if they realize how much they are really prescribing. Sometimes it is really worrisome to me.

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      10 years ago

      so true crazybeanrider. I've had a medly for sure and at times some very scary adverse reactions. Sometimes it makes me nervous not just the medications but whether or not I can trust my doctor to perscribe the most appropriate dosages. Wonderful article. Thanks for addressing this topic!


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