Some people with bipolar disorder turn to complementary and alternative medicine treatments to help manage symptoms, improve mood and reduce stress. These treatments may include prayer or spiritual healing, meditation, and vitamin and herbal supplements.
Although some complementary treatments can be a good addition to your regular treatment, take some precautions first:
* Don't stop taking your prescribed bipolar medications or skip therapy sessions. Complementary medicine is not a substitute for regular medical care.
* Be honest with your doctors and mental health providers. Tell them exactly which complementary treatments you practice or would like to explore.
* Be aware that some complementary treatments can interfere with your regular treatment. Even over-the-counter or so-called natural supplements can interfere with your prescribed medications.
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