Tag Archives: Depakote

Compliance with Medications

Question. As a school psychologist, I see a large number of students who take psychotropic medications haphazardly. I’m curious about research on the impact of taking antidepressants or antipsychotic medications “when remembered,” either in general or specific to the medication. I believe that poor compliance with the medication schedule actually causes a worsening of some… Read More »

Treating Dementia

Question. I am interested in your opinion on the use of Depakote and BuSpar, as opposed to benzodiazepines, in the treatment of agitation and aggression in dementia. What dosages would you suggest? Do you know of any articles reviewing these topics? Answer. There are very few controlled studies bearing on your questions; most of the… Read More »

Difficult Dementia Patient

Question. My father lives in a nursing home. After he broke his hip, he steadily deteriorated mentally. He recognizes very few people, has virtually no memory, whether short term or long term. He constantly calls for help, even when I or his sitter are next to him. He is causing quite a problem for the… Read More »

Information about Bipolar Disorder for Patients and Families

Bipolar disorder, also called manic-depressive disorder, is a recurrent illness in which the individual’s mood cycles between depression and mania with periods of normality. The illness is a mood disorder. The individual’s moods may swing from manic euphoria, with boundless energy in pursuit of grandiose plans, to depths of depression, with feelings of despair and… Read More »

Information about Alzheimer’s Disease for Patients and Families

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common and well-known form of degenerative dementia. By definition, dementia is a syndrome, a cluster of symptoms, of impaired memory and cognition. Dementia is a cognitive disorder that impairs an individual’s memory and ability for reasoning, awareness, and judgment. Cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s disease may involve disturbance of language (aphasia),… Read More »

Adjunctive Pharmacotherapy and Related Issues

Managing antipsychotic side effects. Antipsychotic drugs produce problematic side effects in many individuals (see Table Side Effects of Typical Antipsychotic Drugs). A major category of side effects results from neurotransmitter dysregulation of the extra-pyramidal motor system. It is thought that these side effects are the result of an imbalance of dopaminergic and acetylcholinergic activity in… 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 »

Treatment Of The Child Or Adolescent With Newly Diagnosed Epilepsy

Paediatric epilepsy is amazingly diverse. In some children, basic diagnosis, seizure classification and treatment are straightforward. Other patients have difficult-to-diagnose seizures, complicated seizure classification and a variable response to treatment. Some seizures are subclinical, others are barely noticeable, and occasionally they are life threatening. Many children with epilepsy have no associated disabilities, but all children… Read More »

TTHs occurring about once to twice a week…

At a new-patient appointment, a 29-year-old woman reported TTHs occurring about once to twice a week. She had multiple repetitive questions about her headaches and, despite normal brain imaging in the past year, was difficult to reassure that her headaches were not due to a dread disease. At your suggestion, she considered a preventative medication;… Read More »