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What supplements can help treat bipolar disorder?

What supplements can help treat bipolar disorder?

Fish oil: Omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to have some mood stabilizing properties. Fish, flax and others contain this. Two to four grams per day is the suggested dose, which is about 3000 mgs per day. With food is best. Check with your dr. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Bipolar Disorder (Definition)

Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder is a brain disorder that in its most severe form causes dramatic shifts in mood, from mania to depression. Symptoms of mania include markedly elevated mood and energy, reduced sleep and a reduced need for sleep, racing thoughts, and grandiose ideas. When mood changes are severe, psychotic ideation may be present. Symptoms of depression can include low energy, feeling sad, feelings of guilt and hopelessness that are out of proportion to the patient's actual situation, low motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal ideation. Sleep may be increased, and concentration may be impaired. Some manic patients may be extremely irritable rather than euphoric. Less severe but clearly abnormal mood ...Read more


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Are there any good treatments for bipolar disorder that involve herbs and supplements?

Are there any good treatments for bipolar disorder that involve herbs and supplements?

No: Herbs and supplements have not been shown in evidence based research to be effective in bipolar disorder. Some of them may actually worsen bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

What can I do to treat bipolar disorder?

See a psychiatrist: Meds: mood stabilizers, antipsychotics. Antidepressants, anxiolytics. Therapy, bring along family spouse friends. Support groups. Books etc. ...Read more

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Would lithium be enough to treat my bipolar disorder?

Would lithium be enough to treat my bipolar disorder?

Quite possibly: Lithium is among the most effective treatments for bipolar disorder. It can treat and prevent mania. It can treat and prevent depression. It is one of the the few drugs that has been repeatedly shown to reduce suicide risk. It is often sufficient, by itself, to treat bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

What happens after you get treated for bipolar disorder?

Bipolar: Hopefully once stabilized, u would live healthy life. ...Read more

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How to treat people who suffered bipolar disorder?

How to treat people who suffered bipolar disorder?

Excellent prognosis: Accurate diagnosis is the fundamental first step. A specialist in the treatment of depression and bipolar illness would be best to make the diagnosis. That would be a psychiatrist.. Depending on the phase of illness - depression, irritability or mania -medications are selected accordingly . Psychotherapy (counseling) is important. ...Read more

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Can transcranial magnetic stimulation be used to treat bipolar disorder type 1?

Depression: It has been shown to be effective in unipolar depression. However, studies are underway to establish it's efficacy in bipolar disorder: https://www.Musc.Edu/broadcast/show/33352 it would not be used to treat manic symptoms but may be helpful in depression. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker
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Supplements (Definition)

A dietary supplement, also known as food supplement or nutritional supplement, is a preparation intended to supplement the diet and provide nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, fatty acids, or amino acids, that may be missing or may not be consumed in sufficient quantities in a person's diet. Some countries define dietary supplements as foods, while ...Read more


Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Manic Depressive Disorder (Definition)

Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more