Per John M. Grohol,
Psy.D., here are the top 10 psychiatric drugs now pharmacy dispensed in the
USA. The suicide rate for all bipolar patients varies from 15% and 50%,
depending on various studies. Proper drug treatment is essential in
preventing suicide in bipolar patients. Lithium Carbonate, the first and most popular mood stabilizer, used to treat both major depression and bipolar disorder, comes in 4th, but it is not a drug shown on this list. Patients must know about all drug side-effects.
Bipolar I and II disorders
have high rates of morbidity, comorbidity, disability and mortality. A
growing number of drugs, especially Psychiatric drugs, are used to treat bipolar disorder, often
off-label and in untested, complex combinations. Antidepressants were
the first choice depression treatment drug agents - twice as much as mood stabilizers now are. Lithium use
was sustained longer than monotherapy using other mood stabilizers.
Medicine - (Dispensed change % since 2009) - Used For:
Most-Commonly Prescribed Psych Drug Classes (w/overlap)
According to a Harvard Medical School study, antidepressants were phycians' first-choice agent-used twice as often as mood stabilizers. Lithium use is, by far, the lowest-cost and most common treatment option for bipolar disorders. Its use was sustained longer than monotherapy with other mood stabilizers. Lithium also offers a high maintenance effect, demonstrating a 66-80% decreasing frequency, intensity and suicidality of future bipolar episodes.
Mood Stabilizers (including Lithium) (25%)
Initial Drug Class Prescribed: Bipolar I Bipolar II
3) See referrals below for Northwest Arkansas' best Mental Health Care providers:
I'd love to meet you in person! If you happen to find youself in Northwest Arkansas, I often hang out at Acoustic Mud. Their free Wi-fi allows me to freely work and communicate. Join me for great coffee, soup, a sandwich and more. I'll be waiting for you here at 1721 Forest Hills Blvd. in beautiful Bella Vista (Highlands), AR 72715. I also facilitate a Bipolar Support Group at Acoustic Mud from 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Plus, I'll be happy to sign a copy of BOY, INTERRUPTED: My Magical Misery Tour for you!
William E. McCollum, M.D., Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology 201 N. 36th St., Rogers, AR 72756 479-621-8600
Stephen Dollins, M.D., Psychiatry 324 N. 2nd St., Rogers, AR 72756 479-633-8000
Margorie M. Renfrow, M.D., Holistic Geriatric Medicine 1801 Forest Hills Blvd., Suite 131, Bella Vista, AR 72716 479-876-6566
Jeff Baker, BSBA-IT, BipolarAid.org, Bella Vista, AR 72715 email@example.com
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