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Using Nutritional Supplements to Treat Bipolar Disorder and Depression

In the past two decades, researchers from all corners of the globe have come up with amazing medications to help relieve the symptoms of depression and bipolar disorder.

Healthcare professionals stay current on the research and prescribe those medications that have the best results. Often, however, they bypass nutritional supplements and herbal remedies. And who could blame them?

Handling Mood Changes as We Age

Do you feel sad and empty? Irritable? Anxious? You can feel better.

As we age, changes bring stress into our lives. Children move away. Serious illness disrupts routines. Deaths of loved ones weigh on us. Our moods may plummet for a while, but if we manage to recover in a reasonable amount of time, our lives continue in meaningful ways. When sadness lingers, however, a treatable mood disorder may be behind it. Our retirement years do not have to be gloomy.

What Is Depression?

For Teens Only: Helping a Friend with Extreme Moods

“My friend recently wanted to show me some fantastic ideas she had. When she gave me the piece of paper, the words were written horizontally, but then another layer of words was written vertically on top of that. There were lines, circles and arrows going all over the page. At first I just thought it was her brilliance, but now seeing some of the other things she’s been doing, I think something’s seriously wrong.”

For Teens Only: Could I Have Clinical Depression or Bipolar Disorder?

Every annoying adult will tell a teenager that adolescence can be a troubling time. Hormones drive moods and the struggle to find both identity and your place with friends can be a touch and go experience. Observing friends’ moods can help you gauge whether your own fall outside the typical range or not.

When your feelings seem more intense—either when you’re happy or when you’re sad— than those of your friends, it’s worth exploring the signs and contours of a mood disorder.

Clinical Trials and Meta-Clinical Trials for Mood Disorders

A good portion of us (particularly those with treatment-resistant depression) wait with baited breath for the results of a clinical trial. While we web-surf through the progress of various clinical trials, let’s not forget the usefulness of the meta-clinical trials. These are surveys or studies of multiple, separate clinical trials.

Blog My Clinical Trial? Why Not!

Let’s just start out with that “Why not!”

Why not is if you don’t want any employers, family members, friends, etc. to discover that you’re involved in a clinical trial that focuses on a mood disorder. The stigma against depression and bipolar disorder, while diminishing every year, still exists.

Anti-Stigma Educational Video

This video is designed to illustrate that individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder can lead productive and fulfilling lives. Like any medical condition, with proper treatment and lifestyle management our love ones can accomplish extraordinary things. Help IBPF eliminate social stigma associated with bipolar disorder. Share this video with family and friends.

What Do You Have to Say?

As a writing teacher, I often get the question, “What should I write about?” My response is always, “Write about having nothing to write about.” Believe it or not, most of the time, these students end up with something they actually wanted to say and just couldn't get it out on the page until they were told they had to do it.

We all have something to say, but sometimes we just don't realize it.


Being Bipolar and trying to lead a normal life has a lot to do with honesty. I have to try very hard sometimes to come across as a regular person, but as long as I follow a few simple rules, I find I can accomplish it, and then once I break down some of the barriers of stigma related to mental illness, I can be honest with people about having Bipolar. If people know me and are friends, or they are employers who already know I can do a good job, this is rarely a problem.

Successful Aging and Mental Illnesses

Colin A. Depp, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He is also Staff Psychologist at the San Diego VA, Assistant Director of the Research Education and Training of the Clinical Translational Research Institute and faculty member of the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging. Dr. Depp received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville.