mental health


Question by  Carlo (40)

Can someone with Bi polar disorder control their conditions with natural means and get off of lithium?

I can not stand the way lithium makes me feel and would like a natural alternative to treat my bi polar disorder.


Answer by  rbiales (3441)

Bipolar is a mental disorder that is not well understood, though people have been going to lithium springs to treat disorders like it for hundreds of years. Lithium salts are, in fact, very natural. There are a number of other drug and treatment options to look into and my personal information is that some of the newer drugs work better.


Answer by  Mary39 (521)

There is much speculation whether herbs work in treatment of bipolar disorder. St. Johns Wort and Ginseng have been known to help but speaking to your doctor may be the wisest decision. It may also be in your interest to discuss with your doctor other medications in place of lithium.


Answer by  MattK (1713)

Some patients with extremely mild forms of Bi polar may have their medication reduced or in rare instances, completely withdrawn, but natural means are just another phrase for other medications, even if not produced by a pharmaceutical house.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Talk to your doctor about alternative treatments, such as stepping down the lithium and trying a different medication or herb instead. It is dangerous to stop taking prescribed medications on your own or take herbs that may interfere with existing medications.

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