- JC is a 47-year-old male patient who is having difficulty sleeping. The patient is distraught, agitated and presenting with manic symptoms. He is gainfully employed at an investment company, married with two children, both in college. There is no history of drug or alcohol abuse, he does not smoke cigarettes. His past medical history includes:
- Depression for which he has taken escitalopram 20mg daily for the past 6 years.
- HTN that is treated with HCTZ 25mg daily
- Hyperlipidemia treated with atorvastatin 20mg daily
Over the past several days, he has been distressed and focused on improving his ability to concentrate and function better. You know that
- mood stabilizers
all have potential uses in bipolar. What symptoms might each medication or class of medications target? What would be the benefits and limitations of each for this particular patient?