What supplements should those with Bipolar Disorder not take?

by Carrie
(Goodyear, AZ)

What supplements should those with Bipolar Disorder not take?


Ben's Answer:

This is a difficult question to answer and one which would be best asked of a good nutritionist, Naturopathic Doctor, or Osteopath. The most common supplements that can be problematic for bipolar disorder are those used as anti-depressants, such as St. John's Wort or SAM-e (due to their risk of inducing mania). Most pharmaceutical antidepressants carry that same risk (and to a greater degree), so the same general caution should apply to supplements that boost serotonin levels.

Other supplements to be careful with would generally be anything that has a stimulant effect.

Because each person's chemistry, sensitivities and tendencies are different, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to using supplements on your own. Working closely with an expert who knows your particular case is the safest way to proceed.

Take Care,
Ben Schwarcz, MFT

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