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About Bipolar Syndrome

© Peter Smith –Holistic Medicine Practitioner- (updated 1/2013)

Bipolar syndrome is considered to be a more serious illness than depression, that's not in any way to demean the serious suffering caused by depression.

Bipolar is a physiological/chemical imbalance in the brain however psychotherapy can still be a very helpful tool to help people to live with the condition.

Bipolar is often misdiagnosed and it can take many years before the condition is recognised and properly diagnosed. When untreated bipolar can seriously harm every aspect of a person’s life; however when treated the condition can be managed and people with bipolar can lead a productive lives hopefully with long periods in remission. 

Bipolar syndrome can kill, between 10-15% of people with bipolar syndrome will die from the condition (from suicide and drug/alcohol overdose), that's potentially 1 in 10 to 1 in 7 people; about 60% of people with bipolar will struggle drug and alcohol addiction at least at some point and long-term relationships can be difficult to maintain. When long-term depressions are a feature of a person’s bipolar it can double their risk for heart disease due to the long term overproduction of stress hormones. [See Relaxation Training to combat this].  


What is Bipolar Syndrome?

You sometimes see bipolar syndrome described as extreme mood swings but in my mind this conjures up the image of a moody teenage girl (sorry no disrespect intended) and I think this is not a useful description.  Bipolar affects more than just mood it change ones mental and physical energy from an energetic upbeat confident condition to a low energy depressed condition.  
Bipolar syndrome is a complex condition it takes many varied forms in different people which makes it difficult to describe.  A person could have just one bipolar episode in their life or it may manifest continuously, typically however there will be periods of remission and bouts of illness. Most people with bipolar will need to continuously take medication to manage the condition, this site discusses the techniques I use both in my practice and personal life (I have bipolar syndrome) to manage and take control of bipolar without using pharmaceutical medicines. 
Bipolar syndrome can consist of episodes of mania only however it will usually also include phases of depression.  For some people the mania dominates the condition with little or no depression, for others depression is the main issue with only occasional mania. The mania can be extreme called hyper-mania or mild and just look like an energetic person called hypo-mania. Occasionally the mania can be very extreme including crazy delusional thinking.

In the manic phase the person is more energetic, everything speed up, thinking and speech become quicker. There's a version of this called hyper-mania or just mania in which mental processes become excessively speeded up with racing thoughts, speech and activity, the manic person often peruses exciting and risky activities including drugs, gambling and promiscuous sex, good judgment and caution are diminished like they are in a person under the influence of alcohol. In its most extreme form the manic state includes psychotic and delusional thoughts. The manic state feels good and euphoric at least in the beginning. 
There’s a less extreme version of mania called hypo-mania that may not necessarily cause any problems and never includes psychotic symptoms. The hypo-manic person is full of energy and hyper productive starting and engaging in multiple activities, usually too many to
complete them all.

The depression phase of bipolar syndrome (when present) is characterised by the same symptoms as endogenous depression. [see About depression]

Bipolar & the Neurotransmitter Dopamine 

Dopamine  gives the brain energy, drive, excitement and quick switched on thinking interest in pursuing new ideas, the pleasure and reward we experience in engaging in exciting or risky behavior of , euphoria,.  
It is thought dopamine is involved in creating the pleasure and reward feelings we get from everything that feels good, from chocolate ice-cream to cocaine, from a roller coaster ride to good sex, from high stress business deals to gambling. Dopamine is sometimes called the hedonistic molecule, its powerful stuff: like fire if you can keep it under control you want it in your living space, it keeps you warm, uplifts your spirits and adds sparkle to your life, without it you live in a dull, cold place, however if it gets out of control it can burn your house down. Dopamine deregulation is not only involved in bipolar syndrome but also is also involved in cravings and addictive behavior. 
It’s interesting to note that a person in a manic state behaves very similarly to a person high on cocaine and we know cocaine floods the brain with dopamine. One of the unfortunate features they have in common is that the euphoria feels so good one craves even more of it and one can spiral out of control before the big come down. 
Low dopamine on the other hand creates a state of depression, low energy and apathy.
Central to bipolar disorder appears to be the normal inbuilt abilities of the brain to regulate dopamine levels do not function properly. 
In my practice and personal life one of my objectives is to take over and be in charge of the dopamine levels using amino acids and other natural remedies along with diet and life style. It’s a quite similar to what type one diabetics have to do, they have to externally monitor their sugar levels and inject insulin to keep it in balance because the normal inbuilt abilities of the pancreas to regulate blood sugar levels do not function properly. 

See BIPOLAR TREATMENT PAGE and DOPAMINE PAGE for more on this fascinating molecule. 

Types of Bipolar Syndrome

N.B.: The description below does not strictly stick to conventional psychiatric convention, it is intended to be more useful for the non-professional.  

Bipolar Type I

ipolar type I is what most people think of when they think of bipolar syndrome. The hallmark of bipolar type I is the presence of one or more hyper-manic episodes, the condition will usually but does not have to also involve episodes of depression. 

What is Hyper-Mania Like?

Common Symptoms of Hyper-Mania:
·         Unrealistic, grandiose beliefs about one's abilities.
·         Feeling "high", optimistic, euphoric alternatively feeling extremely irritable with outbursts of aggression.
·         Needing very little sleep yet still being extremely energetic.
·         Talking so rapidly that others can't keep up.
·         Racing thoughts jumping quickly from one subject to another.
·         Impulsiveness.
·         Diminished ability to judge risk, acting recklessly without thinking about the consequences.
·         Heightened sexual desire.
·         Delusions and hallucinations in severe cases.
·         About 60% of people with bipolar will struggle drug and alcohol addiction at least at some point. seeAddiction Treatment with Natural Remedies. 

The hyper-manic state can be a dangerous and destructive condition, the person can feel overly self-confident to the point of behaving as if they are invincible, when manic one has diminished abilities to judge risks and make sensible decisions like a person under the influence of alcohol, however far from being slowed down like a drunk person the mind is speeded up.
In the hyper-manic state the person often craves and engages in hedonistic behaviours (drugs, gambling, promiscuity etc).
The combination of perusing thrills, feeling over confident and a diminished ability to assess risks can lead manic person into dangerous and harmful behaviour. The person may quit their job, start spending excessively, gamble their savings away or invest in an unrealistic new business etc. 
The hyper-manic condition can also result in delusional thoughts and ideas, when delusional thinking is present the situation is even worse. 
Initially the speeded up state may feel exciting but it can often become unpleasant, more agitated than euphoric. 

The hyper-manic state doesn't always end up in dangerous risk taking however, it may manifest is simply extremely rapid almost nonsensical talking. 
Another typical manifestation of hyper-mania is anger, irritability and aggression.
The speeded up erratic behaviour of the hyper-manic state is quite recognisable to psychiatrists and even non-medically trained people will most likely recognise that something is not right, this will ideally lead to the person receiving a correct diagnosis of bipolar type I much sooner than a person with bipolar type II with the milder hypo-manic state. Unfortunately however all types of bipolar often still take many years before they are correctly diagnosis and appropriate treatment started. 
Part of learning to live well with bipolar syndrome learning to recognise when the manic aspect is active in your mind and knowing that your abilities to make sensible choices is not state of the art at this time, and choosing to wait until the manic phase has passed before doing anything important or expensive or risky. I’m not saying don’t have fun just have a preformed list (mental or written if needs be) of what’s Ok to do when you are manic and what’s not. Channel your cravings into
Have pre-set spending limits for manic phases if spending money is one of your manic things and indulge yourself within this budget, I wouldn’t for example allow myself to buy a new car when I’m manic, I’d end up making a really bad choice, going over budget and then the speed limit!  
If your bipolar makes you crave the high of risky “adrenalin activities” this can lead to the pursuit of thrill-seeking activities such as gambling, excessive spending, drug taking, dangerous driving, promiscuous sex and even petty crime such as shoplifting. You could allow yourself to participate in any exiting adrenalin activity such as parachuting, bungee jumping etc. as long as it’s insurable! When I’m in a manic phase (I mainly only get hypo-manic) I seek and crave excitement so strongly it’s like needing a drug fix, when I don’t get my fix it can feel awful. The good news is that today you can quite easily participate in safely set up activities that that help you experience the thrill (dopamine high) of being terrified without any real risk of harming yourself and others.  
If your dopamine levels are bouncing around due to bipolar disorder and you can obtain some release in this way make a point of deliberately timetable such things into your schedule whilst you are working on stabilising your dopamine levels with a tailor-made combination of treatments. 

I believe a helpful technique to help people live with an addictive personalities is not to try and stop the addictive nature but to redirect it into non-harmful behaviours, whilst at the same time improving dopamine balance in the brain and “remodelling” painful memories and feeling also involved in driving the addiction with cognitive hypnotherapy.

Living with Bipolar Type I

The first and most important therapeutic goal is establishing the ability to shut down hyper-mania when it occurs, unfortunately this may temporarily worsen depressed feelings, however any anti-depressant treatment has the potential to induce mania in a bipolar person so it’s essential to establish this safety net first. 
Next one should learn how to recognise the early warning signs of mania returning; sometimes mania can come on rapidly without warning but one usually gets some warning signs for at least a several days beforehand and the opportunity to take early action to prevent a severe relapses. Once you can manage the mania you can start to treat the depression. Gradually over time one can learn how to use combinations of natural therapies live well with bipolar syndrome. 

Bipolar Type II.

In bipolar type II one does not experience full-blown hyper-manic episodes, the condition is characterised by episodes of milder form of mania called hypo-mania and severe depression. Bipolar type I and bipolar type II typically manifest as very different conditions: bipolar type I is dominated by crazy hyper-mania with or without alternating depression and bipolar type II is typically dominated by severe often long-term depressions occasionally alternating with periods of productive, super energetic hypo-mania. These are just generalised characterisations and should be taken with a pinch of salt. 
What is Hypo-Mania Like?
In the hypo-manic state a person’s self-confidence and creative energy is higher than normal, their work output can become significantly increased, they produce more paintings, writing, plan and start lots of new ideas and projects. Psychiatrists and psychologists always point out that the hypomanic person is unlikely to complete and follow through all the new ideas and projects they start, although this is true it’s not the only way to look at this and is in opinion is a negative point of view. Despite not all the projects they start being completed the hypo-manic state is a highly productive time such that many people with bipolar type II become high achievers in professions like medicine, law and possibly business although the high risk taking tendencies in bipolar and good money-management don't go together, so in business they are more likely to be a boom and bust rather than a sustained growth entrepreneur; they may be great in a creative capacity during the start-up phase  of a new venture but ill-equipped for consistent maintenance. An artist with hypo-mania may start a dozen paintings all at the same time and by the end of the hypomanic phase they’ve completed or nearly completed four paintings with another eight half-done. Why focus only on the half-done paintings rather than the enormous amount of work they’ve person has achieved.  Given that people with bipolar Type II have to live with hypo-mania let's focus on the positive productive benefits it can give us rather than the negative. 

It's Only Mental Illness When It Harms You

I appreciate what psychiatry is trying to do in defining the characteristics of mental illnesses so that we can understand them, but an unfortunate consequence of this when you live with mental illness is that one can start to worry or feel that perfectly normal and harmless behaviours and thoughts are signs of illness. For example a healthy person never diagnosed with any mental illness could be a daydreamer and enjoy lots of fantasies, or be a bit obsessed with stamps or football statistics, or have some eccentric hobby and no one's worried that they have mental health. If on the other hand a person has had a diagnosis of mental illness even if they have successful recovery or learned to manage the condition they may feel worried and inhibit normal behaviour that may NOT pose any problem to them at all and other people can get away with. 
I suggest it’s important to understand the warning signs that you may be experiencing a relapses in your condition however focus on only learning those characteristics of your condition that potentially harmful then accepting and allowing everything else without feelings of guilt, judgement or shame. 

Another example to illustrate the point I'm making is what's the difference between having obsessive-compulsiveness and having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)? In simplistic but practical terms the difference is the presence or absence of harm to the person's life, there's nothing wrong with being obsessive and compulsive however eccentric it may make you appear; in the right context these qualities can be gifts and assets but when they are so intense that they cause feelings of anxiety, take over and harm your ability to live a full and healthy life in some way that's a mental health disorder. 
I'm not suggesting that the way psychiatry categorises behaviour and ways of thinking isn't useful, without it we couldn't identify mental illness. For example hypo-manic activity is often simply presumed to be a healthy upbeat, outgoing personality, however when put in context with bouts of depression it enables us to see that the persons health problem is bipolar type II with periods of dopamine deficiency (depression) and dopamine excess (hyper-mania), as opposed to a person who has an upbeat, outgoing, energetic personality but is prone to depression perhaps from serotonin deficiency. Actually bipolar type II is often misdiagnosed as endogenous depression, I know from personal experience because it happened to me for years. 
Let's not forget that point to a medical diagnosis is to be useful and help you not hinder you, it's just a starting point to lead us to practical solutions. So once you've gotten your diagnosis make it work for you and not against you.  Take on board only those aspects of the diagnosis that help you get the right treatment and keep you well, that help you and the people around you to understand your behaviour and to help you make career and social choices that suit your nature. Only focus on the parts of a Living with Bipolar Type II

The primary therapeutic goal is usually to boost the deficient neurotransmitters causing depression. The depression in bipolar type II may be primarily due to a deficiency of dopamine and boosting serotonin may not alleviate the depression. Increasing serotonin levels however may improve one's sleep which is also important to managing bipolar syndrome. Unfortunately increasing deficient dopamine levels to treat depression poses a risk of inducing mania, agitation and insomnia so it is important to learn how to manage hyper and hypo-mania before one starts boosting dopamine levels. The good news is in practice there are techniques one can use to set up this safety net within weeks and then start on combatting the depression.  

We've known how to boost deficient serotonin and dopamine with natural remedies for years, I've been doing it since 1986, and this is great for treating endogenous depression. It has not been so easy until recent years to find effective non-drug solutions to treat mania i.e. to down regulate excessive dopamine activity in the brain. Today however I have several effective and viable solutions which can be used occasionally and individually for gentle maintenance or combined altogether for an intensive knockout punch to terminate a hyper-manic attack. 

I have tried and tested all of these remedies and approaches on myself before introducing them into practice where they have proved to be practical helpers; to do this I give myself an excessive dose of bright light therapy or SAM-e both of which will reliably induced a hyper-manic state in the within a day and then try the new anti-mania therapy to see how effectively it terminates the hyper-manic state. I'm fully aware that my personal experiences do not constitute scientific research, but neither my patience or I have the time to wait for conventional medical research and development into nondrug treatment for bipolar syndrome. I wish conventional medicine would invest in the R&D needed to develop our understanding of how to down regulate excessive dopamine and control the hyper-manic state using amino acid therapy and total darkness therapy, but I frankly doubt that they ever will because the costs of research are so high and the potential profits from these nondrug and non-patentable approaches is so low. Conventional anti-mania pharmaceuticals are better than nothing but they can make you feel awful, the natural therapies don't make you feel awful and they offer you tremendous flexibility to vary your dosage and combination of Meds to manage your individual condition on a day-to-day basis. 


Update January 2013

An incredibly exciting new approach has been trialled on a small scale at Oxford University. Patients who are hospitalised for mania were given a drink containing all the normal amino acids found in an amino acid formula but with the tyrosine removed. The amino acid tyrosine is the precursor or building block for the neurotransmitter dopamine. This preliminary trial showed dramatic results with improvements beginning within hours and all the patients being sufficiently well to be discharged within a week.  Using this technique it may be possible to have a non-dopamine containing amino acid drink in your fridge that you could use to down regulate excess dopamine as and when you feel your manic symptoms getting worse.
I have not yet obtained the formula used in this trial but hope to do so and would like to do further research. 

Rapid-cycling Bipolar 

A popular misconception about bipolar syndrome is that all bipolar people are always either manic or depressed. Some people with bipolar syndrome change between the different phases of bipolar (mania and depression) only occasionally with symptom-free periods in between.
Alternatively some bipolar people do get what is called rapid cycling when they have four or more cycles of mania and depression within a year. It's also possible to have extremely rapid cycling, perhaps several times in a week or even within a single day. Establishing a treatment regime with rapid or ultra-rapid cycling can be very challenging.  The problem is that antidepressant medications (both pharmaceutical and natural) can lift a person out of depression then flip them straight up into mania, whilst medicines that treat the mania may move a person straight down into a depression. The new technique of total darkness therapy may turn out to be an amazing solution to this problem.

Total Darkness Therapy 

A little-known treatment technique appears to be a breakthrough to treat and manage rapid cycling bipolar. It is not fully understood but research shows that in bipolar syndrome there is a disturbances in the same part of the brain that regulates sleep-wake cycles and this part of the brain is influenced by external light and darkness. [see Moving Sleep Cycles]  Exposure to bright light has proven antidepressant effects and like all antidepressants can potentially induce mania in people with bipolar syndrome. In some way that we don't yet understand it appears that total darkness has a therapeutic effect on mania and may be especially useful in cases of rapid cycling. 
Before I discovered how to use total darkness therapy to manage rapid cycling I would use natural antidepressant remedies and anti-mania remedies at the same time to gradually wrestle the condition into a state of balance. I still use this type of combined therapy but adding total darkness therapy has made managing the condition much easier. Total darkness therapy may turn out to be superior at managing rapid cycling bipolar to drug therapy and without any toxic side effects. The initial stages of total darkness therapy is somewhat demanding because of the length of time one has to spend in total darkness however once the condition has been stabilised the treatment time can be reduced to 8 or 9 hours of normal sleep in 100% darkness which requires no effort at all.  See total darkness therapy [UNDER CONSTRUCTION] and

Bipolar Syndrome with Mixed States

It is possible for a person to be in a manic state of high energy, speeded up thinking etc. and experience feelings of depression: self-loathing, despair, isolation, painful unhappiness at the same time. Mixed states in bipolar syndrome are not uncommon and for this reason I personally still prefer the old-fashioned name for bipolar syndrome which was manic depression. In my view the name bipolar implies the condition consist of being in one poll all the other whereas manic depression implies that one can be manic and depressed at the same time. 
The combination of lots of energy drive for new ideas with despair and painful depression puts the sufferer at a potentially high risk of suicide. Deciding how to treat a bipolar mixed state is a difficult judgement call, generally speaking when you treat mania it will initially cause depression and vice versa. With rapid cycling I have no hesitation in choosing to bring down the mania first then as quickly as possible dealing with the ensuing depression; however in mixed states the presence of mania may make it difficult to judge how intense the depression is and the person could potentially already be seriously depressed and suicidal, as you bring down the mania the depression is likely to intensify and they may still have enough residual energy to act rashly. Alternatively giving antidepressants to a person in a manic state could fuel the mania and is contraindicated. Combine therapy is the only real option however simultaneous combined anti-mania and antidepressant medication is unpredictable and difficult to gauge. At least initially such treatments may result in rapid cycling with either the antidepressants intensifying the mania or the mood stabilisers intensifying the depression. Eventually balance can be achieved but until it is the safest recommendation is that the person with mixed states be hospitalised and put on suicide watch. Bipolar syndrome kills somewhere between 1 in 10 and 1 in 7 people with the condition, so we must take these risks seriously. 


Cyclothymic Disorder 

Sometimes described as bipolar light, there are periods of hypomania with brief periods of depression not as severe as major depression. The condition is still nevertheless disruptive to a person's life. 
More on the Symptoms of Bipolar Syndrome
Bipolar syndrome affects more than just psychological mood it can significantly change:
  • Physical energy levels, especially mental energy,
  • Speed of movement,
  • Appetite (either increased or decreased),
  • Confidence/self-esteem,
  • Sex drive,
  • Sleep cycles can be significantly disturbed (insomnia or hypersomnia),
  • Risk of addiction and substance abuse,
  • Greatly increased risk of heart disease due to long-term elevated stress hormone levels.

Misconceptions about Bipolar Syndrome

It is the presence of mania that distinguishes bipolar syndrome from endogenous depression but it’s mistaken to think that mania is always the dominant feature of the condition as is often portrayed. For some individuals the condition may be dominated by long and severe depressions and the mania may be only an infrequent occurrence. 
It’s also a mistake to think that people with bipolar are always flipping from one pole to other, either depressed or manic. Some people do switch frequently this is called rapid cycling, but as just mentioned sometimes the condition consists of long periods even years of depression and other people only have manic episodes. So although mania is the distinguishing diagnostic feature its role in the day to day life of someone with bipolar may or may not be very significant. 
If a person has just one manic episode in their life they are classified as having bipolar (or bipolar type I) according to psychiatric medicine, so strictly speaking that is how I am classified myself because once in the early 80’s I was hyper-manic for about three days and I've been slightly hyper-manic for a few hours at a time occasionally since then. However the classic description of bipolar type I would not at all describe how this condition manifests in my case, when I tell people who supposedly know what bipolar is (medics, psychologists etc.) that I have bipolar syndrome I notice their understanding of the condition is often limited to only the hyper-mania aspect of the condition. However on an ongoing year to year basis what I live with is best described by the symptom picture of bipolar type II that does not include hyper-mania. 


How Long Does Bipolar Syndrome Last? 

Well there's good news and bad news, the bad news is there is no permanent cure so if you currently have or you have had bipolar syndrome you will remain capable of having the condition again for the rest of your life; in this regard it is something you have like autism as opposed to something that happens to you like a nervous breakdown or post-traumatic stress disorder. 
Some people with bipolar syndrome go through the whole life with just one or only a few bipolar episodes, although to be honest this is rare and most people with bipolar syndrome will have the condition on what is called a relapsing remitting basis. This means you have periods of relapse when the condition comes back and then periods of remission when the condition goes away. Some people will go for several years in remission with relatively short period of relapse, a small percentage of people with bipolar syndrome will go for years with continuous symptoms and only occasionally see brief glimpses of true remission.. About one third of people with bipolar syndrome will have some residual symptoms even in what could be termed the remission phases. 
The good news is that once you have the right diagnosis of bipolar syndrome and start on treatments you should eventually -after some period of experimentation- be able to establish a combination of treatments that work and enable you to stay in remission for long periods of time (years) and quickly shut down relapses whenever they show up. 
I used to have manifest what is called double depression (see depression page) where I would have a major depression with suicidal attempts lasting several months followed by a dysthymic depression lasting about 2 1/2 years, then a very short period (days) of total remission when all the depressed feelings would stop. I would then get borderline hyper-manic for a couple of weeks before crashing back down into a major depression and start a new cycle. As I transitioned from the manic phase to the depression phase could sometimes get what is called ultra-rapid cycling when you flip from manic to depressive several times within a single day.
When I first started self-medicating with natural remedies in 1986 it would take me perhaps three weeks to shut down a depression compared to 3 years when it was un-medicated. Today about three times a year I'll wakeup with sudden unpredictable distinct feelings of depression and I routinely shut it down within 24 hours using a strong combination of natural remedies and therapies. Unfortunately I've actually become more prone to hyper-mania as I get older, however I have now developed my abilities to self-medicate so that I can diminish a manic phase sufficiently to carry on normal functioning within one night of good sleep and remedies, and shut it down completely within 2 to 4 days, and without any follow-on depression. 

Take What's Helpful For a Diagnosis of Bipolar Syndrome and Reject What Is Not

What Is Normal and What Mental Illness
I've asked a lot of people who don't have bipolar syndrome do you sometimes engage in grandiose fantasies in your mind? Winning the lottery, being married to a celebrity, being elected president of the world or being the next Bill Gates and most people say they do, but if you have a diagnosis of bipolar syndrome you are told that these types of thoughts are part of mental illness which can make you feel bad and worry about having normal thoughts, some of your fantasies may even be good ideas that one day with enough focused hard work you may achieve. it can be difficult for someone that has mania to determine the difference between normal healthy fantasy and signs of mania, I suggest it's not helpful to feel afraid of indulging in normal fantasies and feel good pleasures because psychiatry includes them to be a sign of mania. Ask yourself is the time you spend engaging in these thoughts and behaviours a waste of time even if they feel good OR do they lead you to productive activities and goal seeking; does the way your mind work lead you to pursue potentially harmful behaviour OR healthy safe fun. e.g. spending lots of time focusing on your health may appear to be obsessive to others and if obsessing about it does genuinely cause you stress and that's not ideal however what's the alternative being unhealthy, being highly focused on the goal would be similar. You don't have to try to be normal (I know what's normal? But you know what I mean) what you have to do is figure out ways of eliminating harmful aspects of bipolar syndrome and living maybe even enjoying the rest of it, play the cards you've been dealt live the life that feels normal for you
I remember regularly throughout my 20s being negatively told that I was too intense or serious, my response to this criticism was I tried to change, to conform and become someone I wasn't. I didn't know at that time that I have bipolar syndrome and that the being somewhat manically intense is part of who I am and that trying to change these kind of fundamentals isn't a viable option so a much better idea than trying to change is channel myself into something useful. Today if someone said that I was too intense or serious I'd say with a big smile yes I am, I like it! (OK that's not entirely true the last time someone said to me they felt I was always too intense I replied I always felt they should wake up and smell the coffee), this worked completely I was left without feeling there was something wrong with me and he looked down and into himself . 

See Bipolar Treatment Naturally without Drugs

Bipolar Treatment Main Menu:
Section 1  
Understanding Bipolar Neurotransmitters & Treatment
Section 2 
How to Monitor you Bipolar Phases to Adjust your Prescription
Section 3 
Treating Bipolar Mania
Section 4 
Treating Bipolar Depression
Section 5 
Putting It All Together
How to Combine Natural Therapies to Manage and Live Well with Bipolar Syndrome
Section 6 
Universal Bipolar Helpers:
  • Darkness Therapy for Bipolar Mania
  • Sleep Cycles & Bipolar Syndrome
  • Stabilising Blood Sugar
  • Omega-3 Fish Oils for Bipolar Depression
  • Exercise
  • Lithium Friend or Foe
  • Vanadium Toxicity & Bipolar Syndrome
  • Detoxifying Heavy Metals
Bipolar Treatment Articles:
  • Lecithin & Choline Reduce Bipolar Mania
  • Bipolar Drugs
  • Drugs & Weight Gain
  • Addiction & Bipolar Syndrome
  • NAC-Cysteine Anti-oxidant & Antidepressant
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