Traditional treatments for bipolar disorder are medications. Antipsychotics are used to suppress the symptoms of bipolar disorder such as psychosis, cognitive impairment, and mood swings between mania and depression. These medications must be prescribed by a physician because they are often quite powerful and can have side-effects such as sleep issues, sexual problems or nausea. It is also important to find the right medication for you – not everyone responds similarly to the same medications.
Prozac had been around for about 6 years when I was prescribed it in 1994. From one of the deepest depressions I ever had, it raised me into mild hypomania that lasted fully for a year, then waned over the next two years. I also gained 30 pounds in the first two years I took it, going from an underweight 115 (I was 5'10" and looked good between…