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Natural Remedies For Bipolar Depression

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In my previous article entitled, “Natural Remedies For Depression,” I discussed natural remedies to alleviate symptoms associated with Depression, in addition to prescription medications.  In addition to focusing on natural remedies for Depression, this article will focus on natural remedies for Bipolar Depression.

Meditation

One way to alleviate symptoms associated with Depression is through meditation.  When you practice meditation, you are engaging in a skill called mindfulness.  When you are engaging in mindfulness, you are living in the moment.  When you are living in the moment, you are calm and at peace with yourself.  This will improve your mood and alleviate your symptoms associated with depression.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

In addition to Meditation, another way to alleviate symptoms associated with Bipolar Depression is through Omega-3 Fatty Acids.  According to everydayhealth.com, the following information can be noted about Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

People with bipolar disorder may have extra motivation to start eating more fish that are heavy in omega-3s, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, or they may want to consider taking omega-3 supplements. That’s because the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids could help regulate mood, according to research published in 2015 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Adding about 300 milligrams of omega-3s each day to a depression treatment plan can enhance results, according to research published in 2012 in the journal Polish Psychiatry. “If you look at countries where they eat a lot of fish, they have a relatively low incidence of bipolar disorder,” Muskin says. “In the brain, we think omega-3s might help with moving neurotransmitters in and out, which may help stabilize moods.”

Light Therapy

Another method to alleviate symptoms associated with Bipolar Depression is a form of treatment known as Light Therapy.  According to everydayhealth.com, the following information can be noted about Light Therapy:

People with bipolar disorder may have interrupted circadian rhythms, which means their daily biological clock isn’t working well. A number of strategies may help to reset this internal clock and improve bipolar management, according to a 2012 research review published in Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience. These include timed exposure to periods of light and darkness and a forced change in sleep times. Be sure to discuss these or other similar strategies with your doctor before you try them on your own.

Conclusion

To end this article, as stated in my previous article, natural remedies are to be used in addition to prescription medication.

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Natural Remedies For Bipolar Depression


Lauren Walters

My name is Lauren Walters. I am currently heading into my final semester of graduate school for Mental Health Counseling in the Spring of 2016. Through my own experiences with mental illness, I love to inspire others through my writings and reassure them that they can live healthy, productive lives, despite mental illness. I hope you enjoy my articles. Feel free to comment. I will be sure to respond to you questions and/or comments in a prompt manner. Enjoy!


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Walters, L. (2016). Natural Remedies For Bipolar Depression. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 19, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/coping-depression/2016/09/natural-remedies-for-bipolar-depression/

 

Last updated: 29 Sep 2016
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