Sometimes bipolar patients are prescribed antipsychotics for certain symptoms typical of psychosis. These symptoms may entail hearing voices, music, and sounds that aren't really there. They may also include seeing "shadow cats," or things moving out of the corner of their eye, and even smelling odours that have no real life source. Usually the person is aware that what they are experiencing is not real. Only in extreme cases of bipolar psychosis does one find that the person cannot distinguish between these phenomena and reality. Time for the hospital then. But mostly, these strange things are more of a minor nuisance and sometimes source of much hilarity. Still, antipsychotics can alleviate the worst of the symptoms and recently they have come into some favour as mood stabilising agents in their own right.

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Antipsychotics of the "typical" sort had many terrible and demoralising side effects and so have fallen into some disfavour recently. The include haldol, thorazine, stelazine and several others. The side-effect that is most visibly obvious is tardive dyskinesia which causes unsightly drooling and involuntary, often jerky, movements. Some of these older drugs are still used but they are now used in much lower doses and with fewer side effects than with the higher doses once commonly administered. However, any antipsychotic must be taken with due caution and care. For example, overheating while on an antipsychotic can have disastrous effects so it pays to be very informed if you are prescribed one of these medications.

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