Posted by TJO on July 25, 2003, at 20:53:24
In reply to Re: What IS this???, posted by Niniveh on July 25, 2003, at 17:55:33
> Thanks for helping.
> I was suspecting bipolar with addictions, or possibly even schizophrenia, but I wasn't sure. Can Xanax be useful for bipolar or is it just that she likes staying loopy?
Xanax is an antianxiety drug-I'm don't think its useful for bipolar.
> Anyway, she can stick to a topic, almost, so I'm not suspecting ADD. I can get a word in edgewise, but that's about it. It seems like she pauses out of polite habit though, because she doesn't seem to process what is said. I just attributed that to her drinking.
> She seems to sleep okayish, but I think that is also the alcohol.
People who are in the manic phase of bipolar disorder sleep very little if at all. People in the depressed phase sleep a lot.
> I thought borderline personality was exclusively self mutilation; are there other kinds?
I (unfortunately)don't know anything about borderline personality disorder.
> Also, let me be naive; what drugs are used for bipolar? I know lithium works very well, but everyone seems to fear that it will turn them into a zombie....
Lots of different drugs are used for bipolar. I take Neurontin( a mood stabilizer), Wellbutrin (an antidepressant), Risperdal (an anti-psychotic), and Abilify (another antipsychotic) and am presently trying to switch from Risperdal to Abilify because I don't like the side effects. Lithium doesn't work for everybody and there are many newer drugs.
Some of the drugs that could be used (of many)
are Neurontin, Depakote, Lamictal for mood stabilizers, Paxil, Prozac, Wellbutrin as antidepressants, and (if necessary)Seroquel, Risperdal, Geodon, Zyprexa, and/or Abilify as antipsychotics.
Almost all drugs have side effects and its a matter of finding some that work and that you can live with. Some cause weight gain and some interfere with your sex life. Some don't.
Also there are inpatient drug/alcohol rehabs that have psych treatment too.