While most Doctors stick strictly with pharmaceutical treatments for Bi-Polar disease, there are some who recognize the value of Alternative Therapy!
What Is an Alternative Therapy? According to Web MD :
A health treatment that is not classified as standard Western medical practice is referred to as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM encompasses a variety of approaches. They include everything from diet and exercise to mental conditioning and lifestyle changes. Examples of CAM therapies include:
- Chiropractic treatments
- Guided imagery
- Dietary supplements
- Massage therapy
These are all helpful to some patients, but like everything else, each patient is different and what works for one will not necessarily work for another.
Another thing that needs to be considered as well is the question of is there an underlying cause. We cannot just assume that it is mental illness and treat it as such. Any good physician will take tests to see if there is a physical condition that is to blame for the problem. There are many disease’s that can trigger depression, and there are also many that can amplify it. Auto-immune disease’s are a prime example of a disease that can amplify depression, and many of the medications that are used to treat existing conditions, also can trigger depression or amplify it.
There are several blogs that emphasize Bi-Polar disease, and they have experts that can answer questions and lead people in different directions as far as help and treatment. Listed below are some related stories from them that are well worth checking out.
- Standing Up for Your Patient Rights
- Understanding Bipolar — You Don’t Know the Half of It
- Can Eye Exams Lead to Better Bipolar Communication?
For those who have difficulty seeing a Doctor and paying for medication, some drug companies do provide help, and there are also drug studies that are a possibility. You can ask your Doctor or sometimes you can look up the drug maker and see if they are doing a study on a specific drug. You can also check and see if there is a University in your area that is doing a study on your disorder. Sometimes they will even pay you to take part in the study.
I realize that this is not for everyone, but it was an option that I considered myself many years ago when I discovered that I had Uterine Cancer and did not have any insurance. It is worth checking to see what is available at the very least. There are so many more ways to find help now than there were many years ago.