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Alzheimer’s Therapy: Antipsychotics

Overview. Behavioral problems are prevalent in later stages of Alzheimer’s disease, when 50-60% of patients develop severe psychotic symptoms (). Behavioral symptoms range from depression and apathy to delusions, hallucinations, and aggressiveness. They are extremely distressing and burdensome to caregivers and affect both the quality of patient care and the choice of treatment. Aggressive and… Read More »

Schizophrenia: Current Therapies

Etiology and Pathophysiology Schizophrenia has varied and ominous symptoms that generally begin in late adolescence or early adulthood and usually continue throughout life. The diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia have evolved over the past 20 years based on the different iterations of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and the International Classification of Diseases.… Read More »

Schizophrenia: Atypical Antipsychotics

Many atypical antipsychotics are available. In addition to those reviewed in the following sections, atypical agents include perospirone (Sumitomo’s Lullan) and zotepine (Fujisawa’s Lodopin, Aventis’s Nipolept, Orion Pharma’ s Zoleptil, generics). These drugs are not discussed in detail here because their mechanisms of action are similar to those of other atypical agents, they are launched… Read More »

Dissociative [Conversion] Disorders

Description of Medical Condition A sudden change in state of consciousness, identity, motor behavior, thoughts, feelings and perception of external reality to such an extent that these functions do not operate congruently. Many pathologic symptoms can be found, but the patient experiences dysphoria, suffering, and maladaptive functioning. Disorders include: • Dissociative amnesia • Dissociative fugue… Read More »

Personality Disorders

Description of Medical Condition A group of conditions, with onset at or before adolescence, characterized by enduring patterns of maladaptive and dysfunctional behavior that deviate markedly from one’s culture and social environment leading to functional impairment and distress to the individual, coworkers and the family. These behaviors are perceived by the patient to be “normal”… Read More »

Chronic Illness: Current Therapies

The main goal of bipolar disorder drug treatment is to establish euthymia (stable mood with a persistent sense of well-being) without inducing mania or rapid cycling (i.e., four or more mood episodes in a 12-month period). For this reason, drug treatment usually consists of an agent or, more frequently, combinations of agents that exert both… Read More »

Antipsychotic Drug Aripiprazole (Abilify)

Information About Antipsychotic Drug Aripiprazole (Abilify) for Patients and Families Aripiprazole (Abilify) is an antipsychotic drug used in the treatment of psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic depression, and acute mania in bipolar disorder. Aripiprazole is a second-generation antipsychotic, a new class of medicines with actions different from those of older, first-generation antipsychotics such… Read More »

Use of Antipsychotics in Treating Bipolar Disorder

Antipsychotics were first developed as treatment for the hallucinations and delusions caused by schizophrenia. However, antipsychotic drugs have been shown to have specific antimanic effects even in manic patients who don’t have any symptoms of psychosis. Antipsychotics are frequently prescribed in the context of a manic episode and may be especially helpful in clearing up… Read More »

Use of Mood Stabilizers in Treating Bipolar Disorder

The goal of treatment with mood stabilizers is to keep your mood within a normal range. While experts often use the term mood to refer to treatments for bipolar disorder, the term mood stabilizer is not a precisely defined scientific term. There is general agreement among experts that lithium (e.g., Eskalith and Lithobid), valproate (Depakote),… Read More »

Risk factors

Our knowledge of suicide risk factors associated with schizophrenia are limited, in spite of them being very frequently present. Some of them are no different from those to be expected in the population at large, such as: male, white, single, unemployed, living alone or socially isolated and depressed. However, some specific points can be determined.… Read More »