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Adjunct and Complimentary Therapy

Over the last several months we have explored a variety of adjunct and complimentary therapies that la person who is managing symptoms of bipolar might benefit from. Many individuals wonder if there are any alternative therapies and/or medications that can actually replace the medication that is prescribed by a psychiatrist.

While most doctors will advise against using alternative medicine as the sole intervention while discarding the safe and appropriate use of prescribed medications, the use of complementary interventions is not only encouraged, but might even help to decrease the amount of medications that are needed for managing symptoms.

Some psychiatrists will even work with their patients to explore complimentary herbal/natural medications. However, if you plan to do this, make sure your psychiatrist is very involved with your decision and also knows what you are taking so that he/she can warn you of contraindicated interactions between your chosen herbal complimentary treatment and the prescribed medications that you are taking. Some interactions can have serious consequences, so you do want to be cautious.

The more common adjunct or complimentary therapies are those that involve some kind of creativity. Many are found within the arts and many are also found within spiritual disciplines. Over the last several months, I have published several posts introducing or exploring a variety of adjunct/complimentary therapies that can be helpful to a person who is suffering from mental illness, emotional instability, and feelings of crisis or chaos. These adjunct/complimentary therapies can also facilitate the process of self awareness, centering, maintaining a sense of balance and wellbeing, elevate or calm a person’s mood, and help a person “sort things out” while resolving confusion. Creative adjunct therapies can help a person both get in touch with and express that which is within. These kinds of adjunct and complimentary therapies can even help a person regulate their energy systems, sleep patterns and even provide a pleasurable way to structure oneself which further aids the management of cycling and mood swings. After having published so many posts that present adjunct/complementary therapies, I felt it might be helpful to list them and provide respective links. You can find them below:

DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=254

Meditation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=340

Transcendental Meditation: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=345

Prayer: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=354

Mindfulness: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=359

Radical Acceptance: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=365

Meditation (again…lol): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=390

Brain Entrainment: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=397

ISRT (Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=422

Laughter Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=434

Laughter Therapy (More laughter rx): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=439

Mandala Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=444

Mandala Therapy (More Mandala rx): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=449

Art Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=597

Dance Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=602

Music Therapy: https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=609

Rhythm Therapy (Music/entrainment via music and rhythm): https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-update/?p=614