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Supplements For Bipolar Disorder


According to, the following can be noted about using supplements to help treat Bipolar Disorder:

With the rise in health care costs, you may wonder about using alternative medicine and dietary supplements for the treatment of bipolar disorder and other mood disorders. Alternative medicine  views the body and mind as an integrated system, which means they influence each other. With alternative medicine, your commitment to living a balanced life plays a key role in your health and healing. However, it is important to recognize that dietary or health supplement and “nutraceuticals” are not recognized by the medical community as comparably effective substitutes for traditional medications used to treat bipolar disorder.

Therefore, based on the findings of this article, it is essential to note that supplements can be used as an additive measure for the treatment of bipolar disorder.  However, they should not be used as a replacement to the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.  This article will provide the reader with examples of supplements to use for the treatment of Bipolar Disorder.

Vitamin B-1

An example of a supplement that can be used in addition to the use of medication is Vitamin B-1.  According to, the following can be stated about vitamin B-1:

Thiamine is also called vitamin B-1. It’s an essential nutrient that helps the body turn food into energy.  Thiamine is an essential nutrient that all tissues of the body need to function properly. Thiamine was the first B vitamin that scientists discovered. This is why its name carries the number 1. Like the other B vitamins, thiamine is water-soluble and helps the body turn food into energy.

Then, how does vitamin B-1 help aid in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder?  According to, the following can be stated:

Vitamin B-1 (Thiamin). Alone, or in addition to a regular B-complex pill, B-1 might be a good idea for bipolar patients who suffer from circulation problems, tingling in the extremities, anxiety, irritability, night terrors, and similar symptoms.

Vitamin B-6

In addition to Vitamin B-1, another supplement that can aid in the treatment of Bipolar Disorder patients is vitamin B-6.  According to, the following can be noted about vitamin B-6:

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. It is involved in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the formation of myelin, a protein layer that forms around nerve cells.

Then, how does vitamin B-6 help patients with Bipolar Disorder?  According to, the following can be stated:

Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine). In addition to a regular B-complex pill, B-6 might be indicated for bipolar patients who present with a great deal of irritability, and for those with marked premenstrual symptoms and/or motion sickness. If you start to experience tingling in your hands or feet, reduce or discontinue the B-6.


This article has provided readers with various supplements, including Vitamin B-1 and Vitamin B-6, to aid the treatment of Bipolar Disorder for patients.

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Supplements For Bipolar Disorder

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. (2019). Supplements For Bipolar Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 26, 2019, from


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