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Natural Remedies for Bipolar Disorder

5 Natural Tips to Treat Bipolar Disorder

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Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and is characterized by unusual swings in mood and energy level. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 5.7 million Americans are affected by bipolar disorder. That's about 2.6 percent of the population of adults over 18 years old. There is no cure, but for those affected, typical treatment options often include the use of mood-stabilizing medications such as lithium, as well as antidepressants and psychotherapy.

Many people with bipolar disorder also choose to examine natural treatment options. These treatments, like diet and exercise, are focused on heading off both manic and depressive symptoms by reducing stress in a patient's life in hopes of lowering the likelihood of triggering a bipolar episode.

For the most part, these alternative treatments have been studied less by medical professionals than have traditional medical treatments. However, many bipolar patients have had success pursuing them.