Anxiety and stress are triggers of bipolar depression, but alternative treatments may reduce those symptoms—calming remedies such as acupuncture, massage therapy, and meditation.
A 2013 study showed that mindfulness meditation practice using Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) on people diagnosed with bipolar disorder experienced fewer symptoms the more they meditated.
These alternative treatments can be a significant part of your alternative therapy plan and help manage your symptoms.
Rhodiola Rosea is a mildly stimulating herb and has been used to help treat stress and mild to moderate depression. Although it will not ease depression as much as an antidepressant, it has been demonstrated positively on people battling with depression.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy where the primary principle is that your thought patterns ultimately affect your emotions and behaviors and have proven to help manage bipolar depression.
CBT can help identify negative behaviors and habits by changing them to more positive ones.
Research shows that alternative treatments may help people struggling with bipolar depression. However, always talk with your doctor before starting any alternative treatment.
Treating bipolar depression can be a lifelong journey, but alternative treatments can help make the symptoms more manageable.