Antipsychotic medications can eliminate or lessen the severity of symptoms like hallucinations and delusions; some also can decrease the symptoms of mania and/or help depression. There are two classes of these drugs: typical (the first-generation meds) and atypical (the second-generation meds). One has to wonder what the third generation, when developed, will be called!
ANTI-ANXIETY & SEDATIVE DRUGS
Anxiety and difficulty sleeping often go hand in hand with bipolar disorder. Anxiety can be a part of any type of episode – manic, mixed or depressive. The meds that treat anxiety are formally called antianxiolytics.
Most of the medications used to treat anxiety or promote sleep are classed as benzodiazepines, which include familiar brand names like Xanax and Valium, along with several others. Some drugs in other categories, such as antidepressants, may also have a sedating effect.