Getting to Know Psychiatry

Clozapine (Clozaril)

Clozaril is a unique antipsychotic mood stabilizer, highly effective in many cases when no other medication has been. Not only the mood changes improve on it, it often improves thinking, impulse control and decision-making. It often prevents repeated admissions or need for long-term placements. Many psychiatrists however are unfamiliar

Depression, panic attacks, OCD

Depression, panic attacks, OCD Antidepressants are used to treat all of these conditions. there are numerous  ones avaialble and it seems that every few months another one is marketted. I have found many of these medications “me too” drugs, i.e. they are very similar in their effectiveness and actions. I still use some of the ol


ADHD:    Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta and Metadate are stimulants which help your child to ignore distractions and focus on their studies. Side effects include decreased appetite, headaches, increase TICs, agitation and insomnia. Strattera is effective in some children and used when stimulants are ineffective or caus

Bipolar Disorders

As mentioned in the blog on diagnosis, other doctors may not agree with my recommendations, but here they are: I avoid stimulant medications (used for treating ADHD) and antidepressants in bipolar disorders. They usually do not work in these conditions and often agitate such patients, increasing their tantrums, aggression, an

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