Bipolar Women and Men on Different Planets

Women with bipolar disorder experience this mental health condition differently from men. For one example, women are more likely to have rapid cycling bipolar disorder. This means having more frequent and quick changes in mood. We also have more complicating factors when it comes to the symptoms of the disorder. Women have more changes in…

Neurontin

Neurontin? Never heard of it? Neurontin is the brand name of the medication known as Gabapentin. A compound originally created to approximate the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA for short), Gabapentin has several FDA approved medical uses and is also occasionally prescribed for bipolar disorder. While not a common medication, might be helpful to be familiar…

Risperdal

Many years ago, the only medications available to help people with psychotic symptoms were major tranquilizers, also referred to as neuroleptics. Thorazine is such one drug in this category. For many people, just the word “Thorazine” conjures images of severe mental illness and severe side effects: the shuffling gait and vacant stare among them. This…

Abilify

Abilify is the brand name of a medication called Aripiprazole. It is a commonly prescribed medication classified as both an antipsychotic and an antidepressant. It comes in several forms, including tablets, injections, and liquid. This medication is quite similar to the other atypical antipsychotics such as Risperdal in that it offers effective control of serious…

Lithium

If you remember high school chemistry, then lithium might sound familiar: this medication is made from the naturally occurring lithium element, in combination with carbon and oxygen. The way in which lithium, oxygen and carbon combine is called Lithium carbonate and is classified as a “salt” – not like table salt, which is made from…

Medications for Bipolar Disorder

Psychoactive medications have received a great deal of attention in the media. Drugs like Prozac, Ritalin, or Zoloft have become household words, and many people diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, or no diagnosis at all can list the potential side effects of these medications. We live in a very different world than our parents or…