Mania & Manic Depressive Meds

Introduction to Mania and Manic Depressive Medications

If you are suffering from manic symptoms and you have been diagnosed with manic depression, you are probably very curious about the medications that may be prescribed to help you deal with your symptoms.  Many times the medications that are given are mood stabilizers, along with an antipsychotic medication.  However, it will not generally remain that way for the entire time that the person is on the medications.  Actually, when the person begins to feel better, most doctors will take the individual off of the antipsychotic medication and determine the appropriate level of mood stabilizing medications.

Questions For the Doctor:

1.)     How is the medication to be taken?

2.)    When do I stop taking the medication and how do I go about doing that (it can be dangerous to simply stop taking medications)?

3.)    What should be avoided while taking the medication?

4.)    What are the side effects and what should I do if I am suffering from them?

5.)    What information can you give me, to keep, related to this medication?

What You Should Know in Relation to Children and Elderly Patients:

1.)     Children may need to undergo different types of therapy, along with these medications.

2.)    Children and elderly individuals should both be monitored closely while they are taking medications for manic depression just like when they are taking any other type of medication.

3.)    The long term effects related to this medication, and children, is not known so that is definitely something that parents will want to keep in mind.

4.)    Elderly individuals will most likely need to have lower doses of this medication and they will need to take it less frequently than children.

5.)    Lithium and benzodiazepines should not be taken by women during the first three months of their pregnancy.

Finally, it is very important to remember that these medications are not going to completely cure an

individual.  The person may notice a decrease in their symptoms but they will not go away completely.  This means that the person will need to do a lot of work on their own as well in order to get better.  This may mean going to therapy and learning different ways to control their symptoms and to learn coping skills that can help them manage symptoms later on.  Often times many people want to think that they can take a pill and everything will get better.  However, that is not the way that things work in reality.  It becomes very important to learn about the illness that you are suffering from, the symptoms and what you can do personally to make things better.