Bipolar disorder is also known as manic depression, which brings severe high and low moods and changes in sleep, energy, thinking, and behaviour. Those experiencing this can have periods in which they feel overly happy and energized and other periods of feeling very sad, hopeless, and sluggish.
The word "manic" describes the times when someone with bipolar disorder feels overly excited and confident. These feelings can also involve irritability and impulsive or reckless decision-making. About half of people with bipolar during mania can also have delusions - believing things that aren't true and that they can't be talked out of - or hallucinations.
See what the medical experts say:
Hardy Nutritionals micronutrient formula was co-created by David Hardy in response to his own children experiencing bipolar disorders. It is a tribute in major part to his work that micronutrient therapy has been acknowledged by the American Psychiatric Association - see their textbook "Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice", which highlights micronutrients as a “physiologically sensible approach” to treating mood and mental health disorders.
With regard to assessing how adults with bipolar respond to micronutrients, a large study was conducted by the Universities of Calgary and New York, involving 358 adults who took the formulation he co-created for 6 months or more, and regularly reported to researchers on their symptoms.
(Gately, D & Kaplan BJ (2009). "Database analysis of adults with bipolar disorder consuming a micronutrient formula." Clinical Medicine Insights: Psychiatry. 4:3-16.)
The result was that overall, 82% of adults experienced a measurable improvement in symptoms! The following results are taken from the Hardy NutraTalk blog, summarising that:
“The individuals whose mental health improved the most in the study sample were those who:
• took the full recommended dose of the micronutrients
• and gradually eliminated their psychiatric medications.
The researchers also noted that the majority of adults in the remaining 18% of study participants who didn't experience measurable improvements, either:
• Didn't take the full recommended levels of the micronutrients.
• Or didn't gradually reduce their psychiatric medication levels.
Some of the other findings from the study:
Compared with their original symptoms, the adults' mean level symptom severity was more than 50% lower, sustained over 6 months - showing that benefits of the micronutrients are not attributable to placebo or expectancy effects.
At 6 months, nearly a third of adults had experienced between 75% and 100% improvement in symptoms and more than half of adults experienced greater than 50% improvement: After 6 months of taking the micronutrients, 8% of the sample was symptom-free, 24% experienced reductions between 75%–99%, 21% between 50%–74%, 18% between 25%–49%, and 11% experienced reductions 25%. As mentioned above, 18% reported increases in symptom severity.
Of the adults taking psychiatric medications, nearly half were able to discontinue them over a 6-month period. The remainder reduced their medication usage by 54% during the same time period."
This impressive response in a large sample of adults with bipolar disorder, together with other compelling research results, is strong evidence that David Hardy's micronutrient formulations are safe and effective as natural alternatives to psychiatric medications, especially when taken at the full recommended therapeutic dose.
For those whose symptoms are chronic, full dosage of Daily Essential Nutrients (DENs) appears to be the most effective. For everyday use by anyone who finds daily life stressful, Optimal Balance for Men or Optimal Balance for Women is the most commonly subscribed to. Inositol has also been found useful for people with panic attacks, but cautioned against if in mania.
For those for whom stress has caused lack of absorption of micronutrients and disturbance in the gut bacteria, or gut microbiome as it is commonly referred to, using Greens and Probiotics as either capsules or powder, to mix in with water or juice, may prove beneficial.
It is important to bear in mind that when taking DENs along side medication, as the brain repairs itself, the side effects of the medication may be felt more strongly. This is now over-medication, not a symptom of the DENs, and it is advisable to reduce the medication dose gradually and with supervision, while maintaining the full dose of DENs. Please see Frequently Asked Questions for information on transitioning on to DENs.
See Alicia’s story:
“I am bipolar, diagnosed in 2005.
I also have ADHD, diabetes (actually metabolic syndrome), my gut has been in very bad shape for years. I’ve been hyperthyroid and hypothyroid plus a heap of allergies.
It’s relevant mostly because treatments for one might interfere with a different condition.
My bipolar was treated very conventionally. In 2012, the bipolar and side effects from the medication were so severe, I was no longer able to work. In 2015, the depression became so severe that my then set of medications were not able to control the symptoms anymore.”