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.
Last week, we discussed lithium in the novel context of a neuroprotective agent. This week, we will look at lithium in its traditional role as treatment for bipolar disorder. The story typically begins in 1949, the year the Australian psychiatrist John Cade published his seminal research, but let’s fast-forward to 1999, the year…