Bipolar diagnosis - what's the next step?

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Bipolar diagnosis - what's the next step?
Fri, 03-29-2013 - 3:03pm

A friend of mine's son is 11 and was diagnosed with ADHD many years ago.  I was just talking to her over the weekend and she told me that he has also been diagnosed with bipolar.  I haven't asked her the specifics yet, but wanted to offer up some help or advice.  It sounds like things have been tough for them, she was just glad to finally know what is causing his behavior issues.  

What advice could I offer up to her, such as other nutrional deficiencies, or resources that could help explain some of his behaviors? 

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Tue, 04-09-2013 - 3:23pm

What I WISH WISH WISH I had known back when my kids got diagnosed with bipolar disorder was that even decades before they were born there was mounting research into the fact that allergies/sensitivities to various foods (gluten and dairy are often MAJOR culprits) can BE the "bipolar disorder". For some lucky few, it is merely a matter of needing more lithium, and lithium helps them (Lithium is a naturally occuring salt and some areas have higher levels in the water and others don't, and apparently people's needs vary as well). That is what we think of as "classic bipolar".  But an increasing number of "bipolars" do not respond to lithium - especially those who do not exhibit the classic slow cycling of bipolar mood swings.

Other "bipolar" symptoms can be hormonal - needing higher thyroid levels, and some may be sleep disorder. Often several things need to be addressed at one time.

Perhaps your friend, while looking for underlying source of the symptoms, can look into Truehope's EMPowerPlus ( or Hardy Nutritional's Daily Essential Nutrients (read about that here: ...

Which brings up - I HIGHLY recommend the CAM board here:

Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) which is specifically for parents of children with mood disorders.

And here is some more reading about the food issues and gut-brain connection, with references, where to get testing, etc...

Gluten Sensitivity and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
Brain Health: The Gluten (Dis)Connection

Brain Health: Cut Out The Casein (Doped with Dairy)

Brain Health: The Thyroid Connection

Here are some suggested books

www. It's Not Mental .com