Bipolar Disorder

Related Terms :

  • Manic-Depression
  • Manic-Depressive Disease


Principal Proposed Natural Treatments

  • None

Other Proposed Natural Treatments

Herbs and Supplements to Use Only With Caution for Bipolar Disorder

Previously known as manic-depressive disease, bipolar disorder is a relatively common mental health condition manifested in its classic form by alternating periods of mania—extreme high energy—and deep depression. In the "up" or manic phase, people may sleep little, talk fast, develop grand and unworkable plans, and sometimes behave bizarrely—for example, giving away all their money overnight. In the "down" phase, they may contemplate suicide. In many people with this disorder, the "down" phase predominates, and for that reason, the diagnosis may be missed. Other, more subtle versions of the condition also exist. Bipolar disorder is dangerous unless treated, leading to a high rate of suicide and injury. The mineral lithium has been shown to dramatically improve symptoms of mania and reduce the rate of suicide. Various antiseizure medications also appear to help against mania.

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