Area of Specialty: Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder (formerly called Manic Depressive Illness) is characterized by instability of mood and occurs on a spectrum, with varying degrees of severity and impacts on life. Diagnosis within this spectrum include Cyclothymic Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder and Bipolar I Disorder. People who have these conditions fluctuate between lows (depression) and highs (mania or hypomania) with periods of relative stability in between.
The cause of bipolar disorders is not well understood, but there are several factors that contribute to worsening of symptoms which can help guide treatment interventions.
Removing Obstacles in Bipolar Disorder
The most common obstacles to healing in bipolar disorder are:
- Poor diet high in inflammatory processed foods with low nutrient density
- Lack of regular exercise
- Specific nutrient deficiencies such as vitamin D and B12, or deficiencies caused by prolonged medication use
- Disrupted circadian rhythm or lack of consistent routine
- Thyroid dysfunction
Stimulate Healing in Bipolar Disorder
At Resilience Naturopathic, we have found that the most effective method to stimulate healing in bipolar disorder is homeopathy. This unique system of medicine is the cornerstone to our success in the Resilience Method as it helps our patients find balance and stability.
With homeopathy, those suffering from bipolar disorder
- Have progressively less intense highs and lows
- Have increasingly longer periods of mood stability
- Are able to bounce back from life’s ups and downs that would previously have triggered a mood episode
- Gradually reduce their medication
- Get better as a whole person – mind, body and spirit
- Feel like themselves again!
Symptoms of mania may include:
- Excessive energy with little to no need for sleep
- Grandiose thinking
- Pressured speech and rapid thoughts
- Risky behaviors
- Restlessness, agitation, or irritability
- Hallucinations or paranoia in some cases
Symptoms of depression may include:
- Feelings of sadness or guilt that persist for long periods of time, often without cause
- Changes in sleep, either too little or too much
- Changes in appetite with weight loss or weight gain
- Feeling slowed down or agitated
- Decreased interest in activities that used to bring pleasure
- Frequent thoughts of death or suicide
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A Case Study in Bipolar Disorder
Jessica* first came to Resilience Naturopathic when she was 28 years old. She had been hospitalized for mania twice in her life. The first time was her first episode, which led to her diagnosis and a cocktail of medications that she was told she would need to be on for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, those medications made her feel dull, sluggish, and unfocused. She decided to stop taking them, certain that her diagnosis had been a fluke and the symptoms that had led her to the hospital were a one time thing. She discontinued her medication, and within 10 days she was unable to sleep, and the hallucinations of dead people that had plagued her before had returned. After her second 2-week stay in the hospital, she decided to stay on her medications until she had a way to safely reduce them and control her mood symptoms. This is how Jessica found the doctors at Resilience Naturopathic.
When she first came in, she was feeling more depressed than manic. She began crying within the first few minutes of her visit, and continued to cry the entire 3 hours. It was painful retelling about her episodes of mania, but it was even more painful to think about what this diagnosis meant for her life. She was despondent thinking that she would never be well, and incredibly lonely. She felt like her diagnosis made her a burden on anyone who would consider dating her, and that she would be alone forever. This theme of being alone and misunderstood permeated her life. The specificity and intensity of her symptoms are well treated by homeopathic Pulsatilla. She started on Pulsatilla 30C, once daily. She was taking Latuda™ 100mg, which was continued.
At her first follow-up four weeks later, Jessica reported that she felt significantly better. She was not crying all the time, and her confidence had improved enough that she started interviewing for jobs and had joined a sports team. We continued with the treatment plan, with no alterations in either her homeopathic remedy or her medication. In fact, Jessica got one of the jobs she applied for, so we opted to not make any changes in her medication for the first 3-4 months because she was feeling so good that she didn’t want to “rock the boat” by making any changes.
Eventually, we did start to make changes with both the remedy and the Latuda™. We gradually reduced her Latuda™ in small increments when she was still responding to her current homeopathic remedy. When she was not responding to her remedy any longer, evidenced by an increase in feelings of sadness, low confidence, and fatigue, we would change the preparation of the remedy to improve her response, but make no changes to her Latuda™ dose. Jessica understood the value of making one change at a time so that she knew without a doubt which treatment was responsible for what she was feeling.
Ultimately it took about 1 year, but Jessica was able to completely get off her medication, and she never had to return to the hospital. We had to change her remedy several times in the process, but through it all she was actually healing. Now, Jessica will still see me every so often when life throws her a curveball that she has a hard time bouncing back from, but she is not regularly having appointments or taking remedies. She had always hoped she could rely on her moods to be stable without medications, but was always told that was impossible. She is happy to pronounce that she has proven her doctors wrong!
*Name and age have been changed to protect the privacy of the patient.
**Results of services will vary from person to person.
What Patients are Saying
Dr. Bahr is nothing short of amazing. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder when I was 17 years old. For the next 6 years my condition seemed to get worse. My medication was constantly changing especially in the last 3 years. I started to believe that the rest of my life would be for the most part flat and lifeless. I didn’t want the mania and depression any more and I just hoped that my psychiatrist would find a medication that would provide lasting results. It wasn’t until about a year ago (fall 2014) that I read an article about Dr. Bahr. It was overwhelming to read about someone who had experienced and had managed to overcome the struggles that come with our diagnosis. It seemed incredible that while many medications are a life saver, there was so much more to becoming well as a whole person. I went to see Dr. Bahr a few weeks later and have been having follow up appointments since. Although I still have a long way to go in my journey to wellness, my family and friends agree that the last 12 months have been the best since I started experiencing Bipolar symptoms in 2006. Dr. Bahr has shown me no end of kindness and compassion. She can empathize with my struggles which has helped take the loneliness away that I and no doubt many others experience when trying to cope with a mental illness. I feel that Dr. Bahr has cared for me in the same way she would a close friend or a member of her family. I would definitely recommend Dr. Bahr to anyone that wants to become well as a whole person.