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.
In a September 19th New York Times article, Benedict Carey writes about the recent death of Dr. Wayne S. Fenton, a psychiatrist who was killed on Sunday, September 3, by a schizophrenic patient. The issue Carey brings up is whether or not severely disturbed patients should be forced to take their medication in order to control potential…