Are there alternative treatments for cyclothymic disorder?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Currently there are few studies being conducted using alternative medicine for the milder form of bipolar disorder called cyclothymic disorder. Some findings show that omega-3 fatty acids may ease major depression associated with bipolar disorder. Some alternative medicine therapies such as St. Johns wort, a popular over-the-counter herbal supplement taken for depression, can trigger mania in some people. St. John's wort may also interact with antidepressants and cause a worsening of bipolar mood episodes. Always talk with your doctor before taking St. John's wort or any alternative medicine remedy.

Cyclothymia usually needs to be treated with medication or counseling or both. There are no effective alternative treatments. Some helpful things you can do to aid your treatments are remembering to take your medications, staying away from alcohol and drugs, and learning healthy ways to reduce your stress, such as yoga or relaxation techniques.

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