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.
Ask any woman who has taken an antipsychotic medication (most noticeably Zyprexa or Clozaril) and she will give you a story about going up three dress sizes in six months. Men have their own versions of the story. According to findings from the NIMH CATIE antipsychotic trials published in 2006: Physicians should be aware of the…