Objective: Many psychotropic medications affect cognition and overall functioning in psychiatric patients. This article reviewed the literature investigating the effects of various pharmaceutical treatments on sustained attention, processing speed, visual-spatial ability, language, and executive function in euthymic adult patients with Bipolar Disorder I (ages 18-90). The authors examined four categories of pharmaceutical treatments: lithium, anti-convulsants, typical anti-psychotics, and atypical antipsychotics. The findings from this article have important implications for the treatment of patients with BDI. Data Selection: The authors performed Google Scholar and PsycINFO searches to find 23, peer reviewed, scholarly articles. Terms such as “Bipolar Disorder,” “Cognition,” and the relevant pharmaceutical categories were included in the searches. Only articles published from 2000-2016 were included. Cognitive functioning across domains was measured using standardized instruments in all of the studies included in the review. The authors synthesized the results of the studies in reaching their conclusions. Data Synthesis: The majority of...

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