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sabinh | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 22, 2008 at 8:24 PM via web

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Alternatives to Meds for Bi-Polar Disorder?

Is there another way to treat a bipolar disorder with taking medication?

I mean I'm going through counseling with her right now on how to communicate. I don't see a bit of change at all from her and I don't see myself changing either.

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helpyou | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:49 AM (Answer #2)

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Bipolar disorder cannot, in my experience, be treated by counseling alone. My worst episode came in the middle of what my treating psychoanalyst psychiatrist told me were "really good sessions." After that trip to the hospital, including three rounds of tranquilizer darts in the hip to immobilize me, I started taking a mood stabilizer again. I take old-school Li twice a day and while I don't like the "collar" any more than the next person, it keeps me out of the hospital and away from threats to myself or others. Good luck -- and start taking some medicine! :~)

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jennifer-taubenheim | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 10:49 AM (Answer #3)

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There are no nonperscription medicines for the treatment of bipolar disorder, but there are a few things that a person can do to reduce their symptoms.

"Omega-3 fatty acids may help to reduce bipolar symptoms. No herbal or natural remedies are effective in treating bipolar disorder. St. John's wort is not effective for bipolar disorder.

Controlling stress, keeping to a regular sleep schedule, having friends or family to support you, and being more relaxed may help manage manic or depressive episodes. Treatments that might help you control stress include biofeedback, art therapy, and massage therapy. " Some people also say that acupuncture can be helpful. These things may work really well for some people and not as well for others.

As far as the sleep, it is best for people with bipolar disorder to have a very regular and structured sleep schedule. Frequent exercise can also be very helpful.

Things to avoid when you have bipolar: too much caffeine, sugar, processed foods, alcohol.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 8, 2008 at 11:49 AM (Answer #4)

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Bipolar disorder cannot, in my experience, be treated by counseling alone. My worst episode came in the middle of what my treating psychoanalyst psychiatrist told me were "really good sessions." After that trip to the hospital, including three rounds of tranquilizer darts in the hip to immobilize me, I started taking a mood stabilizer again. I take old-school Li twice a day and while I don't like the "collar" any more than the next person, it keeps me out of the hospital and away from threats to myself or others. Good luck -- and start taking some medicine! :~)

Thank you for being so open about your condition. Others can and will learn from your experience. A couple of my family members are bipolar (what they used to call manic-depressive), and I try to compare their illness to something like diabetes: with medication, it can be controlled, but it can be dangerous without medicine.

Take care!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 15, 2012 at 8:18 AM (Answer #5)

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You can help manage the symptoms of Bipolar Disorder through diet and exercise, but you absolutely have to taken the medications. Some of the medications do have difficult side effects, but you can talk to your doctor about managing them and even switch until you find one that works for you.

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