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Can you provide me with common of the alternative treatments for bipolar disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
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In brief: Complementary

Use of omega-3's can be very helpful in bipolar disorder; 4-6 g/day epa can decrease number and intensity of relapses.
Existing studies use this in combination with typical mood stabilizing agents, though -- not a stand-alone treatment. Lithium is the most "natural" of mood stabilizing agents. Homeopathy with a very experienced homeopathic psychiatrist may be of use -- not stand-alone, though.

In brief: Complementary

Use of omega-3's can be very helpful in bipolar disorder; 4-6 g/day epa can decrease number and intensity of relapses.
Existing studies use this in combination with typical mood stabilizing agents, though -- not a stand-alone treatment. Lithium is the most "natural" of mood stabilizing agents. Homeopathy with a very experienced homeopathic psychiatrist may be of use -- not stand-alone, though.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Dheeraj Raina
Psychiatry
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In brief: None.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most serious psychiatric conditions a person can have, and treatment with mood-stabilizing medications should always form the core foundation of any treatment plan.
Think of lithium (the best medication for bipolar disorder) as an alternative treatment since it is naturally occurring element. Non-pharmacological approaches can be complementary but not an alternative.

In brief: None.

Bipolar disorder is one of the most serious psychiatric conditions a person can have, and treatment with mood-stabilizing medications should always form the core foundation of any treatment plan.
Think of lithium (the best medication for bipolar disorder) as an alternative treatment since it is naturally occurring element. Non-pharmacological approaches can be complementary but not an alternative.
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