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Mental Health – Bipolar Disorder

NAC Amino Acid Offers a Potential Therapeutic Alternative in Psychiatric Disorders

Posted October 8, 2013

Improved understanding of the roles of inflammation and oxidative stress in psychiatric disorders has generated new leads in the search for novel therapies. One such investigative compound currently in clinical trials is an amino acid, N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC), which appears to reduce the core symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, autism and cravings in addictions including cocaine, cannabis abuse and cigarette smoking.

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Nutrient- and non-nutrient-based natural health product (NHP) use in adults with mood disorders: prevalence, characteristics and potential for exposure to adverse events

Posted April 9, 2013

To address knowledge gaps regarding natural health product (NHP) usage in mental health populations, we examined their use in adults with mood disorders, and explored the potential for adverse events.

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Could Marijuana Help Bipolar Disorder?

Posted August 16, 2012

Marijuana has been shown to benefit a number of physical health problems, ranging from multiple sclerosis to type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer pain. But what about mental disorders? A new study found that use of cannabis (marijuana) could be helpful in improving certain neurocognitive functions in people who have bipolar disorder.

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Micronutrients better for bipolar disorder than conventional treatment

Posted August 14, 2012

Taking certain dietary supplements or micronutrients treatment may help patients with bipolar disorder at least in young patients, according to a case report in CNS spectrums. The case reported by J.J. Rucklidge and R. Harrison of University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand shows that nutrition treatment consisting mainly of vitamins and minerals helped a 21 year old female with bipolar II disorder, ADHD, social anxiety, and panic disorder.

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Fish Oil May Have Positive Effects On Mood, Alcohol Craving, New Study Shows

Posted May 29, 2011

Omega 3 fatty acids may be beneficial for more than just the heart. Research at the Indiana University School of Medicine disclosed at a molecular level a potential therapeutic benefit between these dietary supplements, alcohol abuse and psychiatric disorders.

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Natural help for bipolar disorder

Posted July 5, 2010

For those readers who may not be familiar with it, bipolar disorder, also called manic depression, is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings — from elation to severe depression to violent anger. Mainstream treatment of bipolar disorder usually involves the use of anticonvulsive drugs, which have many side effects including nausea, distorted perception, and suppression of the immune system. But there is a natural alternative that may help: fish oil.

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Zinc may ease female anger and depression: Study

Posted April 11, 2010

Daily supplements of zinc may reduce measures of anger and depression in young women, according to a new study from Japan. A daily supplement of 7 milligrams of zinc as zinc gluconate was associated with significant decreases in measures of anger-hostility and depression-dejection, report scientists from Daigaku Junior College and Seitoku University in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Fish oil good for mental health – studies

Posted February 7, 2010

Taking fish oil supplements or eating fatty fish high in omega-3 fatty acids may help prevent the development of psychotic disorders or psychosis in people at extremely high risk of the illness, according to a new study in the Feb 2010 issue of Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Psychotherapy Goes from Couch to Yoga Mat

Posted April 19, 2009

Talk. Share. Cry. Stretch? Psychotherapy has historically been an exercise of the mind, but in the offices of more and more modern-day mental-health providers, emotional healing is taking place not just on the couch but on the yoga mat.

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Common Genes Link Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia

Posted January 20, 2009

Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia appear to share common genetic causes, a new, far-reaching Swedish study concludes. Researchers found that blood relatives of people with either mental disorder had a notably higher risk of developing bipolar disorder or schizophrenia during their lives.

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