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Why Respidol (Risperdal) Is Prescribed And What Its Side Effects Are

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By Johnny Bevers

If the development of new psychotropic medication (like Respidol) is any indication, then mental illness must surely be on the rise at rates that are beginning to top the charts.  I’m sure anyone taking mental notes of all these new medications is probably about ready to give up at any time.  The “medicine” we’re about to take a look at is just another one of multiple variations, and you will probably conclude as I have, that sometimes the cure or treatment can be far worse than the illness.

Respidol (closely related or similar to Risperidone and Risperdal) is a medication that belongs to the atypical anti-psychotics.  Its aim is to change the effects of the chemicals in the human brain.  The intended objective of the medication is to treat schizo-affective disorder, schizophrenia, mixed and manic states that are associated with bipolar disorder as well as irritability in those who suffer from autism.  It is however, not for the use of psychotic conditions that are related to dementia.

Side Effects Of Respidol

It is to say the least, most alarming to look at the massive list of side effects that come as a result of Respidol use.  One might often be given to ask how such a prescription drug is even consumable or legal.  But we shall leave that judgment up to the reader as they engage in this astonishing list.  The side effects that have been known to be associated with or come as a result of taking Respidol are: Anorexia, disturbances in attention, movement disorders, constipation, dyspoea, swelling, tremors (which some on the medication have described as placing them into a zombie-like state or trance), Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome (a form of paralysis which has no apparent cure), seizures, restlessness, Tartive Dysconesia (which is twitching more prone to the facial region and resembles Parkinson’s symptoms), blurred vision, itching, dizziness, rash, nervousness, throat irritation, dry mouth, indigestion, acute infection of the nose or sinuses, drowsiness, weight gain, coughing, vomiting, sexual problems, inflammation of the nose, muscle problems effecting movement, low energy, change in appetite, headaches, lack of concentration and focus, increased heart rate, chest pains, high blood sugar, abnormally low blood pressure, menstruation difficulties, joint pains, nose bleeds, diarrhea, mental confusion, hives, fever, numbness, taste problems, UTI, diabetes and even death.

* Note: this list has been shortened for the convenience of the reader

Related Mental Illnesses And Treatments

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Manic Depression

Often confused with clinical depression, manic depression has been given a name change over the years and is now more commonly referred to as Bi-Polar Disorder.  It has been suggested that bi-polar symptoms in men are more evident, where as women tend to fall more toward depression than mania. Clinical depression is actually included in the diagnosis of manic depression and neither one kind can really go without the other but proceed quite hand-in-hand.  Some of the symptoms that correspond with both kinds of depression are a feeling of sadness and being unhappy for a period of time that has not been interrupted.  Two weeks or more are a certain warning sign for it.  People who keep crying for no reason at any time and some often before they sleep at night also show signs.  Feelings of worthlessness, lack of energy and interest in the activities that were once pleasurable are also specific concerns.  To clarify which depression a patient has, further questioning and study are required to make a proper diagnosis.

Treatments for it, is of course medication but also an assigned social worker and/or psychiatrist who attempts to help the patient cope with their symptoms in everyday living.  If problems escalate then eventually the patient will be hospitalized where more medication and social treatments will persist.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

There is nothing wrong with double-checking on things from time-to-time but have you ever met someone who can’t stop doing it night and day?  When this becomes such a habit for someone that it interrupts their regular daily schedule in order to make sure the car hasn’t been stolen, the keys are hanging in the right place and the doors are all locked, then there might be a concern in regards to obsessive compulsive disorder.  OCD is a type of anxiety disorder which facilitates behaviors that are uncontrollable.  The unwanted thoughts alone in the victim’s mind are enough to drive anyone to substance abuse or other harmful habits. Feelings and frequent routines that a person may begin to feel are urged on without resolve.  Those who indeed have OCD might know that their thoughts and actions are unreasonable but they still carry them out regardless and without truly knowing why.  OCD is treated by a largely ranged panel of mental health “specialists” and just like types of depression, it is all too often treated with prescribed medications.

**Psycho-therapy is also used in dealing with coping mechanisms for the patients.

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Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) can quite frequently be experienced distinctly in various individuals.  More often than not, patients with this condition will notice it more challenging to differentiate reality with unreal ideas and senses.  While many often misconstrue this disorder as only hallucination, it can genuinely be connected with a person’s own emotions that can bewilder their normal intellectual operation or performance.

Through the eyes of the patient, the personalities and characteristics of other people no longer hold a sense of being a little good and a little bad (otherwise just as gray) but rather other individuals will fall into shades of black or white and therefore appear either evil or good.  It is important for those treating patients with BPD to always keep this in mind. One moment they can seem to be a helpful and caring person to the patient.  The next they can be seem as unaffectionate and hazardous to the patient’s well-being.

Again, psycho-therapy seems to be the treatment of choice for BPD in helping to master this disorder.  Although medication seems to sedate the condition, it will not produce coping skills or help the patient manage with their emotions when problems manifest.  Psycho-therapy also involves the monitoring of patients who are prone to suicide.  It needs to be carefully assessed and watched all through the treatment process.  When conditions tend to press toward hopelessness and death then the patient may need to be hospitalized.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy, introduced by Marsha Linehan, has been researched and found to be quite a bit more successful than the standard medication or psycho-therapy methods.  It stresses the importance of educating patients in order that they make get a better handle of control on their lives through their emotions and self-knowledge which will help them restructure their foundation.  This treatment is quite often carried out within a group setting of patients.  The only major difficulty with this type of treatment is that it is difficult to instruct to those who have trouble learning new strategies.

An Alternative Explanation

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After taking into consideration all of the information you have just read, it might be very plain to see that a lot of time, money and effort will go into traditional treatments for mental illness.  An alternative method which has come up in further research is called the Deliverance Ministry.  This is based upon the premise that mental illnesses are caused by spiritual and demonic influence and therefore can be cast out of an individual.  This ministry has actually been quite revived in recent years and appears to be very effective.  It is definitely worth researching.  Speaking from personal experience, I can also stand behind this and say that considering this alternative might very well be vital to victims of mental illness.

Below is a video about Risperdal’s side effect on children.

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