When combined with prescribed medication, these alternative approaches may help you better manage the symptoms of bipolar disorder.
St. John’s wort, meditation, light therapy, and fish oil supplements may help relieve some bipolar depression symptoms.
Bipolar disorder requires managing two distinct categories of symptoms. Manic symptoms may include impulsive behavior, excessive irritability, and anxiety, while depressive symptoms may include a low mood, poor appetite, and emotional indifference, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Though there aren’t many complementary or alternative medicine (CAM) remedies for manic behavior, a few non-prescription therapies may help alleviate depression. Most people who have bipolar disorder spend the majority of their time depressed rather than manic, notes the National Institutes of Health.