Alternative treatments combined with prescribed medication have provided some people with bipolar disorder relief from symptoms. These natural alternative treatments (therapies) may help you manage the symptoms of bipolar depression.
According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), around 2.6 percent of people in the United States are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder affects a person’s mood and energy level. There are times of severe depression and high mood, or mania, which include reckless decision making. There are times of a low mood, which include an inability to work or function.
As of today, there is no set cure for bipolar disorder, but the treatments available allow people to manage the symptoms. Alongside traditional medication, here are a few alternative treatments that may help.
According to a study published in May 2013, fish oil extract with its omega-3 properties can help regulate mood and improve brain function. If you are battling bipolar depression, you may want to take omega-3 supplements, eat nuts, or eat fish high in omega-3s such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel.
Scientists found that bipolar disorder is less common in countries where people consume a lot of fish. People who battle with depression may have low levels of omega-3 in their blood.
Positive lifestyle changes can help stabilize your mood and enhance your quality of life. A few of these changes include:
A lack of sleep can trigger a difference in your mood. To sleep well, it’s best to avoid eating heavy meals right before bed. Go to bed at a regular time to get enough sleep. Avoid stressful situations before going to bed. Also, try creating a calm bedroom environment. If you find yourself having trouble sleeping, speak to your doctor.
Regular physical activity
Physical activity regularly can help stabilize your mood by easing depression and stress.
A study published in February 2011 showed that 68 percent of people who want bipolar disorder treatment were obese. Many people with bipolar disorder have a high risk of other conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. These conditions can be reduced with a healthy diet.