Natural ways to help depression/Bipolar?

United States
August 4, 2011 4:18pm CST
I am bipolar. I have 4 children, ages 6, 4, 2 and 6 1/2 Months. I cannot take the medication because it does not work for me, only makes me tired and unable to function at all. I would like some suggestions on ways to deal with depression and bipolar without medication. And if your suggestion is diet and exercise, please suggest a specific type of food to add or subtract from my diet, and a specific exercise plan. Thanks!
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@Shar19 (8236)
• United States
4 Aug 11
I'm wondering if you just need to try a different medication. With any new medication like that you have to try and give it at least a month to start feeling results. I really don't know if there are any natural cures for bipolar. I do know that foods that boost seratonin like almonds help with anxiety and depression. If you want to do further research the natural way then I would find a doctor that specializes in natural remedies. I think they are called homeapathic specialists. Good luck.
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@AmbiePam (46220)
• United States
9 Aug 11
Yes, I was hoping she maybe had not tried Lamictal yet, and maybe the doctor could prescribe that for her. Because being bipolar, I know how it feels to be on meds for it, and off meds for it. It is so much worse when I'm taking nothing.
@GardenGerty (91105)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Aug 11
My friend who is bi polar takes b complex vitamins and fish oil. I am not sure what else. She does take some medications, and sometimes lowers them, then wonders if she is getting sick from cutting back. She finds that being in the sunshine a little every day is helpful.Winter time is worse for her. Also going places where she can look at water, like a lake makes her feel better. I have read that something about flowing water, like at a creek or even a fountain has negative(?) ions that improve your health and mood, and I find that to be true even for me. I would also say that if one med does not work for you you should try another, or rather your doctor should. A friend on another site is working on her depression by joining a gym. I think over all, aerobic exercise is helpful, and weight training helps me with other types of bad moods. Taking your kiddos for a walk or walking that older one to school when it starts should help you all.
@ssangma (16)
5 Aug 11
Depression is a mental fatigue and it is rather impossible to treat it with pills or medication. Best way of treatment that I follow myself is walk around my neighborhood everyday and sing songs loudly (though in the bathroom. If I am free from my job, I normally go out for a long drive or go for fishing...Indoor games like chess, caroms, cards, etc. which divert your mind from your regular problems really help. If you get bored, just search for any alternative activity which should solve the problem.
@AmbiePam (46220)
• United States
9 Aug 11
Bipolar disorder is a lot different than just "regular" depression.
@drannhh (15002)
• United States
5 Aug 11
Here are my thoughts on that: Everyone can benefit from foods with dark green color, such as broccoli which contains B-complex vitamins. Vitamin B in all of its forms helps improve mood. If it is hard to get the children to eat that, sometimes you can disguise it in a yummy soup. Just about everyone can also benefit from avoiding high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners and cutting back on processed sugar as well. Exercise should be something you enjoy doing, whether it is hiking or swimming or just jumping up and down or even taking a leisurely walk around your own neighborhood (or in a shopping mall although that might not be much fun with the little ones in tow) It is your choice whether you prefer to exercise alone or with other people. Whatever your diet and exercises might be, you will want to remember to drink enough water to stay hydrated :-) You are not alone, if that helps any, as you know many people have their down times. Good luck finding helpful information and staying on top of this. I know you can do it!
@wongchoiyee (6585)
• Malaysia
5 Aug 11
Go to the sun more, the more we sweat the more relax after that take a shower and sleep for an hour. After that wake up and watch tv and at the same time do house work. I am doing this. I am a depression.
• China
5 Aug 11
I think the best way to deal with depression is to vest your emotions. To tell your friends what you have in your mind and ask for suggestions. The best thing to heal depression is the feeling of happiness. If you feel you're happy, you won't be depressed. But what is biopolar? My friend, I hope you become well soon.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
5 Aug 11
My husband suffers from bipolar disorder and he has been on medication which had terrible side effects and did not stop episodes from reoccurring. He was diagnosed in 1997 and it took around nine years of trial and error and different doctors until we found a fantastic psychiatrist who sorted out the best possible medication and dosages. Nowadays my husband is still on meds has no side effects and has not had an episode for around three years. To be honest I doubt natural remedies alone can resolve the issue. I tend to think it may possibly be a combination of medicine and natural therapy working together. I would consult different doctors and organise an appointment with a naturopath as well. Good luck, hope you find the right regime for you.
5 Aug 11
my aunt before have that, she is always depressed and so grumpy sometimes, but what we do is we just understand her all the time, for what i remember what her mother did is show her that shes loved and always bring her to outing and family picnik, and now shes ok, shes not like that anymore.