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Bipolar disorder

Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008

Summary

Bipolar disorder (formerly know as manic depression) symptoms are severe mood shifts from periods of highs with energy and activity (manic) to lows with lethargy, sadness or hopelessness (depression).  These moods swings are more severe than the normal ups and downs many experience in life.

Symptoms of this disorder typically begin in the late teenage and early adult period of life(15-25) and equally effect males and females. There seems to be some connection between having this disorder and a history of it in one’s family. Although this condition is thought to be a long-term illness many report that with proper help they are living comfortable and productive lives.

Types of bipolar disorder:

Since symptoms can vary greatly from person to person professionals use four terms to describe various types of bipolar disorder. Bipolar type I, have manic episodes and periods of mayor depression; bipolar type II, have lower episodes of mania (hypomania) that alternate with episodes of depression; cyclothymia, a milder form; and BP-NOS (bipolar not otherwise specified) for those with the symptoms but do not fit the criteria for the previous types.

 

PubMed give the following helpful information about the symptoms of bipolar disorder:

In most people with bipolar disorder, there is no clear cause for the manic or depressive episodes. The following may trigger a manic episode in people with bipolar disorder:

•   Life changes such as childbirth

•   Medications such as antidepressants or steroids

•   Periods of sleeplessness

•   Recreational drug use

Symptoms

The manic phase may last from days to months. It can include the following symptoms:

•   Easily distracted

•   Little need for sleep

•   Poor judgment

•   Poor temper control

•   Reckless behavior and lack of self control

•  Binge eating, drinking, and/or drug use

•  Poor judgment

•  Sex with many partners (promiscuity)

•  Spending sprees

•   Very elevated mood

•  Excess activity (hyperactivity)

•  Increased energy

•  Racing thoughts

•  Talking a lot

•  Very high self-esteem (false beliefs about self or abilities)

•   Very involved in activities

•   Very upset (agitated or irritated)

These symptoms of mania occur with bipolar disorder I. In people with bipolar disorder II, the symptoms of mania are similar but less intense.

The depressed phase of both types of bipolar disorder includes the following symptoms:

•   Daily low mood or sadness

•   Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

•   Eating problems

•  Loss of appetite and weight loss

•  Overeating and weight gain

•   Fatigue or lack of energy

•   Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty

•   Loss of pleasure in activities once enjoyed

•   Loss of self-esteem

•   Thoughts of death and suicide

•   Trouble getting to sleep or sleeping too much

•   Pulling away from friends or activities that were once enjoyed

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Oils & Blends: Balance, Elevation, Frankincense, Lavender, Melissa, Serenity, Vetiver

Essential oils based products: Lifelong Vitality supplements

Also consider: Clary Sage

Suggested protocols:

Proper nutritional balance - Along with healthy eating habits use the Lifelong Vitality supplements.

Clarify and focus - Use inhalation of Balance, Frankincense, or Vetiver. Carry Balance at all time, apply to wrists, back of neck and/or inhale.

Lift and energize - Use Elevation topically and/or inhale.

Stress relief- Melissa on the upper lip and back of the neck is recommended. Also consider inhalation of Lavender. Use these same oils with a foot massage. Inhalation can be by diffusing, cup and inhale, or just inhaling directly from the bottle for emergency situations.

Rest and sleep - Serenity diffused or the bottom of the feet.

A contributor gave the following, very insightful, suggestions based on her personal life experience. It emphasizes the point that oils and nutritional help needs to be coupled with many other conditions to provide lasting help.  Read her full story under the Experiences & Testimonials tab above.

Explanation - Lifestyle Prevents Disease.

If you hit a breaking point in your life chances are that you have to assess your lifestyle. Assess all the different forms of health as they affect each other... Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, and Social.

  Your physical health - Sleep, Diet, Exercise, Stress management <-- All effect each other and all effect the body and other forms of health.

  Your emotional health - Find what true love is whether it is agape, phileo, eros, or storge. Also know the five languages of love (there is a great book by Dr. Gary Chapman) This ties in with Social health

  Your Social Health - How are your relationships?

  Your Financial Health - An important aspect. Do you have a peace of mind? Do you have related stress that has to do with perceived view of income or security?

  Your Spiritual Health - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs shows that people are looking for purpose. This may lead to a search for God. I encourage everyone to go on the search; I have friends with different faiths. My journey lead me to strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in Christianity.

All of those were in place. I went to school. I slept well and ate well and also worked out at times. I had made friends and spent a lot of quality. I had no worry of finances or the roof over my head. I prayed and I fellowshipped with people who shared the same faith and exchanged ideas with people of different faiths.

Being off medications for six years and counting can be attributed to all these things but if there is any one aspect I would have focused on as a priority for the rest would be prayer and spiritual health because sometimes in that situation you need a miracle, you need hope, that seemingly can’t be found, and you need love. <-- That's my personal view I hope you don't mind.

Tips on treating people that are struggling with emotional health.

  Be there - sometimes being there is more than enough. It can be frustrating to figure out what a person wants. Being there is better than not, even though they try to push you away, because when we come to our sense we will remember that kind of love.

  Don't push (or offer at the right time) If you offer a solution when a person is defensive, you might experience some crazy rage. If you offer it while they are euphoric, you may not get a serious understanding of the solution. If they are depressed, they might try anything to take away the torment. Either way, always share with love.

  Inspire people to take action.

  Treat people with dignity. I've always disliked my diagnosis because I felt as if I was looked down upon. Labeled as mentally unfit, unsound.

  Know that it's not them, it's their body and condition. This may be the hardest because you know your friend wouldn't do such a thing, how can they? And you may not want to forgive them and let them go on the excuse that it's their condition. But please a person who is in the better situation in control of emotions and let it go and forgive.

"Forgiveness is the final form of love. -Reinhold Niebuhr" I agree with you, what they did isn't right, I acknowledge that now let go. I've pushed away and destroyed many relationships that took me a few years to recover, some never fully recovered. It's quite painful. All the above will help prevent or understand that.

One obstacle is letting go and willing to combat against bipolar disorder. As ridiculous as it sounds there were times I was okay with it and considered it a blessing. I thought I could figure out to ride the waves of emotion. Instead my emotions rode me and I was frustrated and on the verge of not being all together there. I do remember this quote by John Wooden, which reminded me as a leader to never think of using emotions as a strength. "Emotionalism can be a fatal flaw. I place the greatest VALUE on intensity. It's the difference between a welder's arc and a forest Fire. Both have plenty of heat, but the welder's torch cuts through the steel with precision, while the forest Fire rages out of control and destroys the forest." - John Wooden.

SO WHICH Oil?

I do believe oils work. I use them. I have firsthand experience especially with bursts of anger, stress, depression, restlessness. Why did I tell the whole story first?

1. Oils are like a crutch, they will help alleviate some of the emotions, but you must change your lifestyle to prevent emotional instability. Just as people who have physical issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, etc... Oils work wonders but you have to do your part.

2. To build trust and rapport. I have seen this question pop on and on again. I've told people the oil I use and is sometimes disregarded leaving a person with mediocre results without even attempting to use the oil I suggested.

3. As by the story I shared about myself, it is not a one-dimensional issue. There are so many aspects. I believe that it will spark a journey. For me, it was resolving many personal issues from the past.

4. If you simply rely on the oil for it, you are treating your body how your doctor treats your body. You have “such and such”, take this. As a practitioner of natural medicine, you must take a different approach than western medicine, which is very specialized.

AND THE OILS ARE....

1. Melissa. I've shared this with people and perhaps people disregard it in the past because it was not readily available. I guess people are hesitant when you offer a solution that so happens to be one of the most expensive oils. I own every oil. Citrus Bliss is great diffused but for me Melissa is most effective. I place it on my upper lip and the back of my neck . I used this for stress. Sometimes I'm a bit tense. It's good to have a loved one who recognized this to apply it when you may not choose to.

2. Frankincense. Frankincense is known for everything. I am starting to use it more and more but it seems to work with my body beyond my understanding. Frankincense has inadvertently helped aid me with my sleep. I apply it topically. Though Serenity helps calm me down and has helped with the peacefulness of sleep. Frankincense has really helped with the quality or depth of sleep. I notice that I recall my dreams, which is commonly theorized to occur during REM Sleep.

3. Serenity. I diffuse this and put it on the bottom of my feet. Sleep is important for all aspects of health including mental. first thing to get some sense of mind back is to get good sleep. Oils help but make sure your biological rhythms are in tune. What you eat, when you eat, how much exercise, when you exercise, these are all factors for sleep in addition to using your oils.

4. Elevation. Though I don't personally diffuse this. There were times my family members would diffuse this perhaps because of the Melissa inside and they have observed differences.

5. Lifelong Vitality Pack - Though not an oil but an excellent doTERRA product (which contains EOs such as Frankincense) The Omega Fatty Acids which are emulsified with its advanced delivery system is great for your brain health. The Alpha CRS+ has great ingredients such as oppa Monierri which helps with cognitve function. The Microplex VMz is a highest nutrient/vitamin supplement which is in the form of a whole food complex which is combined with an enzyme delivery system. Your body and brain needs nutrients.

Don't forget to drink lots of water! I hope all this information helps. Thank you and God bless.

Experiences and Testimonials of others

Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of the experiences of others that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.

Valerie - Is there a protocol for bi-polar symptoms?

Pat - Yes there is. The beginning is to start the LLV supplements to get your body’s nutrition back. Start using Balance, carry it with you where ever you go and apply it generously to the back of you neck, inside of wrists and elbow or just breathe it. Use Serenity to help you sleep. Use Elevation to lift you. Muscle test for these oils first.

Holan - Melissa on the upper lip is great too. Sleeping is very important for a person with bipolar like symptoms. And there are many oils to help with sleeping. Proper nutrition with the LLV is important as Pat has mentioned. A person with bipolar like symptoms should be surrounded with people who love them.

I personally had bipolar like symptoms. In 2006, I was prescribed Ambien to get me in a sleeping habit. I took Zoloft for a week which greatly altered my behavior and affected my cognitive function. After a week of disaster on Zoloft, I was put on Lamictal. After a few months, I felt better with no need for prescription medication. I got off Lamictal and I was worse off then I have ever been in my entire life. The doctor scolded me and prescribed lithium on top of my Lamictal. He also warned me that if I were to get off the prescriptions, he would not be able to help me and I'd be on my own and medication may not help again.

Later that year I moved to California and was experiencing lethargy. I again sought medical advice and was then re-diagnosed with clinical depression (by then I had no symptoms), and offered a trial of antidepressants (all of which worked on different parts of the brain). Later that night, I decided to stop all my prescriptions. I've been fine ever since.

Stress levels. Sleep. Regular healthy meals. Exercise. Love. Fun. Prayer. All these things helped. I did have a good doctor that took a holistic approach and I sought to seek balance in my life.

Overall, it is still a journey where life improves on a daily basis, whether it is an improvement in mental health, emotional health, or physical health. Hope this information helps.

Editorial comment – 5 months later Holan was kind enough to add this much more detailed account of her journey.  Because of the personal nature very little editing has been done on the following.

Holan - I pray for everyone who is frustrated with emotions and for those who need love first and foremost.

Bipolar Disorder, formerly known as manic depression is a condition I've seen asked about on this forum quite a bit. Many ask which oil to use (If you want to know, scroll to the bottom of the page)  Before I tell you which oil, I would like to share a few tips on dealing with people with bipolar disorder (for friends or family) I am not a doctor. However, I have been diagnosed with clinical depression, then re-diagnosed with bipolar disorder. I have been off of medications for over 6 years now. Praise the Lord!

I am writing this because I recently had a nervous breakdown, with a new assessment and outlook of the situation. I do believe that the term "Bipolar Disorder" is used to describe a state for a period of time. I do not believe that a person permanently exhibits bipolar traits such as mania with thoughts of grandeur, anger, or depression. I do believe that lifestyle prevents disease, doctors treat it, but the body heals itself. It is no different with bipolar disorder as it is also a physical disease.

How was the diagnosis done?

Psychiatry/Psychology is not a perfect science. ADD, Clinical Depression, and Bipolar Disorder are often diagnosed and we have a world full of people on antidepressants, stimulants, or mood stabilizers. I was diagnosed with clinical depression at the age of 17. I lost 15 pounds in just a couple months due to a lack of appetite. I was sleep deprived. I went through the initial stages of psychotherapy, when my health was getting worse, I was prescribed ZOLOFT. It had many very unpleasant adverse effects on my mind. It is an antidepressant found to commonly work with people with clinical depression (the mechanism of action - Zoloft is a seratonin reuptake inhibitor).

I was prescribed LAMICTAL, an epileptic medication with very high success of treatment. (The mechanism of action - Sodium Channel Blocker also blocks repetitive neuron Firing)

Medicine treats the disease. It does not cure it. I felt great. I was cured! ...Or so I thought. I stopped taking LAMICTAL diligently. My condition was worse than before. I was rapid cycling. I felt frustrated and was sad, and felt like I had a monster to cage. How could I ever start a family like this? I was then prescribed LITHIUM in addition to LAMICTAL.

I quit cold turkey.

I took LITHIUM and LAMICTAL diligently as I attended college. However there were times where I felt that some emotions could not be kept retained, at other times I felt as if I did not live life to the fullest. In the end, it was my constant feeling of lethargy and a visit to the school psychiatrist who then offered to “trial an error” 5 different antidepressants (with all different mechanism of action) until we found one that would work effectively. I am not a guinea pig or lab rat! I decided without the consent or physician advice to stop my medication. I woke up the next morning and noticed nothing happened.

Explanation - Lifestyle Prevents Disease.

If you hit a breaking point in your life chances are that you have to assess your lifestyle. Assess all the different forms of health as they affect each other... Physical, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, Financial, and Social.

  Your physical health - Sleep, Diet, Excercise, Stress management <-- All effect each other and all effect the body and other forms of health.

  Your emotional health - Find what true love is whether it is agape, phileo, eros, or storge. Also know the five languages of love (there is a great book by Dr. Gary Chapman) This ties in with Social health

  Your Social Health - How are your relationships?

  Your Financial Health - An important aspect. Do you have a peace of mind? Do you have related stress that has to do with perceived view of income or security?

  Your Spiritual Health - Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs shows that people are looking for purpose. This may lead to a search for God. I encourage everyone to go on the search; I have friends with different faiths. My journey lead me to strengthen my relationship with Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior in Christianity.

All of those were in place. I went to school. I slept well and ate well and also worked out at times. I had made friends and spent a lot of quality. I had no worry of finances or the roof over my head. I prayed and I fellowshipped with people who shared the same faith and exchanged ideas with people of different faiths.

Being off medications for six years and counting can be attributed to all these things but if there is any one aspect I would have focused on as a priority for the rest would be prayer and spiritual health because sometimes in that situation you need a miracle, you need hope, that seemingly can’t be found, and you need love. <-- That's my personal view I hope you don't mind.

Tips on treating people that are struggling with emotional health.

  Be there - sometimes being there is more than enough. It can be frustrating to figure out what a person wants. Being there is better than not, even though they try to push you away, because when we come to our sense we will remember that kind of love.

  Don't push (or offer at the right time) If you offer a solution when a person is defensive, you might experience some crazy rage. If you offer it while they are euphoric, you may not get a serious understanding of the solution. If they are depressed, they might try anything to take away the torment. Either way, always share with love.

  Inspire people to take action.

  Treat people with dignity. I've always disliked my diagnosis because I felt as if I was looked down upon. Labeled as mentally unfit, unsound.

  Know that it's not them, it's their body and condition. This may be the hardest because you know your friend wouldn't do such a thing, how can they? And you may not want to forgive them and let them go on the excuse that it's their condition. But please a person who is in the better situation in control of emotions and let it go and forgive.

"Forgiveness is the final form of love. -Reinhold Niebuhr" I agree with you, what they did isn't right, I acknowledge that now let go. I've pushed away and destroyed many relationships that took me a few years to recover, some never fully recovered. It's quite painful. All the above will help prevent or understand that.

One obstacle is letting go and willing to combat against bipolar disorder. As ridiculous as it sounds there were times I was okay with it and considered it a blessing. I thought I could figure out to ride the waves of emotion. Instead my emotions rode me and I was frustrated and on the verge of not being all together there. I do remember this quote by John Wooden, which reminded me as a leader to never think of using emotions as a strength. "Emotionalism can be a fatal flaw. I place the greatest VALUE on intensity. It's the difference between a welder's arc and a forest Fire. Both have plenty of heat, but the welder's torch cuts through the steel with precision, while the forest Fire rages out of control and destroys the forest." - John Wooden.

SO WHICH Oil?

I do believe oils work. I use them. I have firsthand experience especially with bursts of anger, stress, depression, restlessness. Why did I tell the whole story first?

1. Oils are like a crutch, they will help alleviate some of the emotions, but you must change your lifestyle to prevent emotional instability. Just as people who have physical issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, etc... Oils work wonders but you have to do your part.

2. To build trust and rapport. I have seen this question pop on and on again. I've told people the oil I use and is sometimes disregarded leaving a person with mediocre results without even attempting to use the oil I suggested.

3. As by the story I shared about myself, it is not a one-dimensional issue. There are so many aspects. I believe that it will spark a journey. For me, it was resolving many personal issues from the past.

4. If you simply rely on the oil for it, you are treating your body how your doctor treats your body. You have “such and such”, take this. As a practitioner of natural medicine, you must take a different approach than western medicine, which is very specialized.

AND THE OILS ARE....

1. Melissa. I've shared this with people and perhaps people disregard it in the past because it was not readily available. I guess people are hesitant when you offer a solution that so happens to be one of the most expensive oils. I own every oil. Citrus Bliss is great diffused but for me Melissa is most effective. I place it on my upper lip and the back of my neck . I used this for stress. Sometimes I'm a bit tense. It's good to have a loved one who recognized this to apply it when you may not choose to.

2. Frankincense. Frankincense is known for everything. I am starting to use it more and more but it seems to work with my body beyond my understanding. Frankincense has inadvertently helped aid me with my sleep. I apply it topically. Though Serenity helps calm me down and has helped with the peacefulness of sleep. Frankincense has really helped with the quality or depth of sleep. I notice that I recall my dreams, which is commonly theorized to occur during REM Sleep.

3. Serenity. I diffuse this and put it on the bottom of my feet. Sleep is important for all aspects of health including mental. first thing to get some sense of mind back is to get good sleep. Oils help but make sure your biological rhythms are in tune. What you eat, when you eat, how much exercise, when you exercise, these are all factors for sleep in addition to using your oils.

4. Elevation. Though I don't personally diffuse this. There were times my family members would diffuse this perhaps because of the Melissa inside and they have observed differences.

5. Lifelong Vitality Pack - Though not an oil but an excellent doTERRA product (which contains EOs such as Frankincense) The Omega Fatty Acids which are emulsified with its advanced delivery system is great for your brain health. The Alpha CRS+ has great ingredients such as oppa Monierri which helps with cognitve function. The Microplex VMz is a highest nutrient/vitamin supplement which is in the form of a whole food complex which is combined with an enzyme delivery system. Your body and brain needs nutrients.

Don't forget to drink lots of water! I hope all this information helps. Thank you and God bless.

 

Editorial comment – Sarah in the article below shares her personal and insightful experience with bipolar. The article below is a brief excerpt and the full text is included under the Science & Research tab above.

Submissions directly to  EverythingEssential.me.  Our thanks to:

      Sarah

Sarah - I was diagnosed with bipolar when I was 16 and have experienced several relapses: 2 periods of mania (when I was diagnosed and my first year of college.) 2 major depressive episodes which lasted several weeks and each took about a year to feel I was well balanced again. There are many "triggers" that can cause a relapse depending in the person, generally stress, personal difficulties, life changes, etc. The results can be devastating both for the individual as well as those around them.

I would strongly urge anyone with bipolar to seek professional care with a well-qualifies psychiatrist that specializes in bipolar and pursue "talk therapy" as well with a professional that can help one talk through life issues and make healthy decisions. Trusted friends can be a wonderful support, but I would caution anyone with this disorder to burden friends or family with personal issues on a recurring basis. It can just get wearing on the relationship.

Also, I would caution anyone who is under a psychiatrists care to remove themselves from such care or to deviate from their advice. If you have been prescribed medication. Stay on this medication. I strongly prefer natural remedies, but each time I had a relapse, I was either totally of medication or not taking it as prescribed. (More here and there.) Just as I would never recommend someone with diabetes to stop taking insulin, bipolar is a chronic, life long diagnosis that does not go away. And it is now so treatable it’s important to follow a trusted doctors recommendation. I can go about 5 years unmedicated or only taking medication intermittently, but the result of a relapse is so devastating I can not afford I take a chance.

That said, there are a lot of things one can do to remain balanced and possibly need lower doses of medication. 1) The LLV pack is amazing. I would whole-heartedly agree with this recommendation (as well as all the other protocols on this site).  2) Excellent nutrition, and I have heard the ketogenic diet (often also recommended to reduce seizure for those with epilepsy) is effective.

Lastly, I like to do research on the various neurotransmitters and receptors that are affected. ... Valproate (depakote) was listed as a GABA-transamine inhibitor as well as our very own Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis). I cannot wait to have this oil in my collection and use it to complement my current therapies. I know Melissa has already been said to be effective, but now there is "the science behind it" which I am always interested in knowing. I haven't looked up any of the other neurotransmitters that affect bipolar or others -- serotonin, dopamine, erc. But if I find anything else, I would be glad to send it in. I hope that this will help others that manage bipolar disorder.

 

Monica - My mom is presently in the ER.  I think that she may be bipolar; although I am not a mental health professional, so I really can't diagnose anything... just reading the 'symptoms' online, she totally matches up.  Anyway, she's in the hospital, is 'locked in' for her own safety, and will - hopefully - be seen by a Psychiatrist at some point in the near future and agree to treatment. 

On the one hand, I wish she weren't there - don't like the idea of medication, etc.; on the other hand, she was just living with us for about six weeks, and I know that she is not in her right mind, and perhaps medication to 'even her out' will help her.  I don't know the right answer to this situation, or even if there IS a right answer.  All I know, right this second, is that I would prefer to have the 'old' mom back...

Any suggestions for her (or me) would be greatly appreciated.  Also, my maternal grandfather was also (in all likelihood) bipolar.  Reading online, it seems that this can be a hereditary condition.  Any thoughts on what I might do (and likewise my children - ages 21, 19, and 13) might do to protect our own minds from this condition?  We are already on the LLW.

Pat -  You have already made a great leap for you and your family with the LLW. A huge factor in handling depression and other mental situations. I just had my nephew and his wife bring over their 14 year old son who is ADHD and also has Asperger's. Her sister is also suffering from bi-polar and we discussed all of these conditions in relation to the oils. I did the Aroma Touch Technique on the young man and it was the coolest thing ever to see him relax and calm down through the whole procedure. After we were through he went in and sat on our massage chair (electric), turned it on and never left until they were ready to go.

Our protocol for him is Balance and Vetiver in the mornings before school, and when he comes home, at night Serenity to help his sleep. They are also going to monitor his food more, but he is very picky and this will be more challenging. The sister is going to use a few different oils until she can decide what works best for her.

Also, my daughter used the oils in place of meds. I suggested to the sister that she should do it gradually and not "cold turkey". I think it would be important to go into it slow and easy, and let your body acclimate to the oils.

Protocols folks recommend for children

 

 

Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils

 

What Science & Research are saying

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      Sarah

Sarah - I was diagnosed with bipolar when I was 16 and have experienced several relapses: 2 periods of mania (when I was diagnosed and my first year of college.) 2 major depressive episodes which lasted several weeks and each took about a year to feel I was well balanced again. There are many "triggers" that can cause a relapse depending in the person, generally stress, personal difficulties, life changes, etc. The results can be devastating both for the individual as well as those around them.

I would strongly urge anyone with bipolar to seek professional care with a well-qualifies psychiatrist that specializes in bipolar and pursue "talk therapy" as well with a professional that can help one talk through life issues and make healthy decisions. Trusted friends can be a wonderful support, but I would caution anyone with this disorder to burden friends or family with personal issues on a recurring basis. It can just get wearing on the relationship.

Also, I would caution anyone who is under a psychiatrists care to remove themselves from such care or to deviate from their advice. If you have been prescribed medication. Stay on this medication. I strongly prefer natural remedies, but each time I had a relapse, I was either totally of medication or not taking it as prescribed. (More here and there.) Just as I would never recommend someone with diabetes to stop taking insulin, bipolar is a chronic, life long diagnosis that does not go away. And it is now so treatable it’s important to follow a trusted doctors recommendation. I can go about 5 years unmedicated or only taking medication intermittently, but the result of a relapse is so devastating I can not afford I take a chance.

That said, there are a lot of things one can do to remain balanced and possibly need lower doses of medication. 1) The LLV pack is amazing. I would whole-heartedly agree with this recommendation (as well as all the other protocols on this site).  2) Excellent nutrition, and I have heard the ketogenic diet (often also recommended to reduce seizure for those with epilepsy) is effective.

Lastly, I like to do research on the various neurotransmitters and receptors that are affected. I have taken Depakote and now Lamictal (introduced in 2003 and much easier on the cognitive parts of one's brain). I was interested in what's called "the mechanisms of action" (which details how the medicine affect the body). They don't know much about lamictal other than it is "sodium channel blocking which inhibits the release of glutamate and aspartate evoked by the sodium challen activator veratrine") it’s also said to be "less effective in the inhibition of acetylcholine or GABA release. Depakote (valproic acid) also affects the function of the of GABA in the brain -- it enhances neurotransmission of GABA (by inhibiting GABA transaminase, then GABA increases. It also bloks the voltage-gated sodium channels (like Lamictal) and T-type calcium channels (anti-convulsant) inhibitor of the enzyme hosting deacetylase (HDACl) which is a Justine deacetylase inhibitor.

I then looked up information on GABA. It does not pass the blood-brain barrier, so although there are "GABA supplements" they are not actually effective because it doesn't reach the brain. GABA is synthesized in the brain from glutamate using the enzyme L-glutamic acid decarboxylase and purification phosphate (the active form of vitamin B6). It goes on to describe the conversion process.

What was interesting was that it listed various medicines that affected various GABA receptors and inhibitors (there are a lot!). Valproate (depakote) was listed as a GABA-transamine inhibitor as well as our very own Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis). I cannot wait to have this oil in my collection and use it to complement my current therapies. I know Melissa has already been said to be effective, but now there is "the science behind it" which I am always interested in knowing. I haven't looked up any of the other neurotransmitters that affect bipolar or others -- serotonin, dopamine, erc. But if I find anything else, I would be glad to send it in. I hope that this will help others that manage bipolar disorder.

 

Bioassay-guided fractionation of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) using an in vitro measure of GABA transaminase activity.

Awad R, Muhammad A, Durst T, Trudeau VL, Arnason JT., Phytother Res. 2009 Aug;23, Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG), Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract 

A novel pharmacological mechanism of action for the anxiolytic botanical Melissa officinalis L. (lemon balm) is reported. The methanol extract was identified as a potent in vitro inhibitor of rat brain GABA transaminase (GABA-T), an enzyme target in the therapy of anxiety, epilepsy and related neurological disorders. Bioassay-guided fractionation led to the identification and isolation of rosmarinic acid (RA) and the triterpenoids, ursolic acid (UA) and oleanolic acid (OA) as active principles. Phytochemical characterization of the crude extract determined RA as the major compound responsible for activity (40% inhibition at 100 microg/mL) since it represented approximately 1.5% of the dry mass of the leaves. Synergistic effects may also play a role.

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