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What Supplements Can Help Treat Bipolar Disorder
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
Probably: Although the studies with different nutrients are inconclusive, it is always preferable to keep a well balanced diet, with supplements if you don't eat certain foods like meat and fish or vegetables. I often recommend making sure that b12, folate, (folic acid) thiamin and omega 3 fatty acid supplements are considered, esp in hard to treat mood disorders. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No cure: There is no cure for depression or bipolar disorder. The most we can do is manage the symptoms. For bipolar disorder, medication is best. With depression, depending on the severity, people can use natural treatments, exercise, medication and therapy. If you have bipolar depression, medication is the best option for symptom control. ...Read more
Help please! what drugs could be prescribed to help someone with borderline personality disorder?
Not drugs: Drugs are not definitive treatment for borderline pd, but are sometimes prescribed to help with specific symptoms like depression, anxiety, and mini-psychotic episodes. These would be antidepressants and low-dose antipsychotics. The most important treatment for borderline pd is psychotherapy aimed at assisting development through stuck areas. Also dbt therapy to help manage emotional pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
That's the claim: Although i don't have a lot of clinical experience with empower+, I do have some. A few clients attempted to use this product and discontinued their mood stabilizing med. The result was not favorable with two requiring psych hospitalization. None of my clients remained on it. The longest someone stayed with it was 3 months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: During the manic phase, a bipolar patient feels like everything is great & nothing is wrong with them. They feel overconfident. As a result, one may feel that they don't need medicine & may avoid it. However, this the wrong approach since the medication is supposed to keep one's mood at an even level - not manic & not depressed. So stopping it may make the mania & subsequent depression worse. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Therapy, medication: The most effective treatment for diagnosed obsessive-compulsive disorder is something called cognitive-behavioral therapy (cbt). During cbt, a therapist can help you "train yourself" to deal with the anxiety and emotions that accompany the compulsions associated with the disorder. There are also medications that may help, but they will be less effective without therapy. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Psychosis: Trifluoperazine (stelazine), a conventional antipsychotic used for psychosis (paranoia, grandiosity) which may accompany a manic or depressive episode. For maintenance treatment of bipolar disorder a mood stabilizer such as lithium, depakote, lamictal, or oxcarbazapine or a newer antipsychotic (abilify, latuda, (lurasidone) etc) are used to avoid long term use of a conventional antipsychotic due to side effect. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lithium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Lithium, a mood stabilizer, is one of the most common medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsant meds for seizures, like Lamictal and depakote, are also frequently used. Additional medications also include atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants. ...Read more
Several: Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental illness where both psychosis (breaks from reality, delusions, hallucinations) and mood symptoms are prominent. Treatment is antipsychotic medications for psychotic symptoms and mood stabilizers or antidepressants for mood symptoms. Sometimes only one agent is needed. The choice of one agent over another is based on which symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more
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
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