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.
Xanax is an antianxiety drug approved by the FDA for treating Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder. It and its generic version, alprazolam, are also often prescribed off-label for people with bipolar disorder, even if they don't have those specific anxiety disorders as well, usually to treat anxiety and insomnia. The FDA-approved…