Alternative treatment for Bipolar mania

by Sherri Mills-Anderson
(Phoenix Arizona)

I have been treated for bipolar for 5 years and cannot tolerate psychotic or mood stabilizing drugs. Should I start practicing mindfulness more? I listen to meditation CD's. I usually go into a mania when life gets stressful which is pretty much all the time now: Job layoff, possible loss of home, dying father. Any recommendations would be appreciated. What is your opinion on Lithium Orotate which a natural supplement with less side effects compared to lithium carbonate?
Thank you-Sherri

P.S. I bought your book and am studying EFT

Ben's Answer:

Thanks for your question Sherri. Sorry for the late response. I've had clients who have used Lithium Orotate and found it helpful - but honestly don't have enough experience to have an opinion about it.

What I have seen work the best for most people is a combination of EmPower Plus (, and daily EFT, Yoga, and Meditation; as well as a good natural diet, exercise and the usual good health practices. I've seen people thrive with this combination of approaches.

Doing mindfulness meditation will help the best if you do it daily - starting with 15 minutes, and then going to at least 30 minutes per session.

You can call me directly if you have further questions.

Take Care,
Ben Schwarcz, MFT
Santa Rosa Psychotherapist

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