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…

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…