1 Symptomatic: Nutrients are used to directly address mood.
Stabilizing nutrients, usually lifelong, layered with mood-specific nutrients, when needed.
For example, for bipolar depression: continue stabilizing nutrients; layer upon these, relevant antidepressant nutrients, using as mild a therapy as practical; taper off as symptoms remit.
Note: This approach is structurally similar to the mainstream pharmaceutical protocol (generally, mood stabilizers, lifelong, layered with mood and symptom-specific medication, when indicated).
2 Nutrients to address relevant bipolar biotypes:
Imbalances in neurotransmitter methylation.
Metal metabolism issues.
3 Nutrient therapy for other underlying factors. These may involve:
Specific nutrient requirements and/or imbalances.
Health issues, e.g., allergies, blood sugar issues, hormonal balances, Candida, malabsorption, seizures, toxicity, etc.
Natural therapies to address diet, stress, and other lifestyle factors.
Warning: Intake of nutrients does not imply a change in medication, although with nutrient-based improvement, many physicians will cautiously reduce dosage. The information in this blog is presented for education purposes only. If you need treatment for bipolar disorder, or any other medical condition, consult a knowledgeable physician. In some cases, this will be an orthomolecular or other nutritionally-oriented physician.