There’s a BIG mistake many docs are making FAR too often.
They’re prescribing the ONE drug they should never give for a specific type of depression. And it’s adding misery to the lives of folks who are already struggling.
Some 5.7 million Americans are battling bipolar disorder, which includes bouts of bipolar depression. But in these cases, antidepressants can do far more harm than good.
This isn’t just an opinion either. And it’s not at all controversial.
It’s something EVERYONE in medicine is supposed to know: antidepressant drugs can make bipolar worse, not better.
But docs are prescribing them anyway. In fact, new research reveals they’re doing it at a shocking rate – causing untold misery to bipolar patients in desperate need of help.
If you’re or someone you care about is suffering from this misunderstood condition, I’m here today to help school your doc, so he knows what’s what.
More importantly, I’ve got three steps that can help …
BEAT bipolar depression… once and for all!
Up to one in four patients with bipolar are given antidepressant drugs, according to the new study.
This is even though they’re KNOWN to make bipolar worse and NEVER should be given.
That means many mainstream docs are either:
- ignoring the science
- misdiagnosing bipolar as “regular” depression
My hunch? It’s probably a combination of the two, but I’d put my money on more folks being the victim of the second.
In either case, this is hurting patients and ruining lives.
It shouldn’t be on you to push for more help and better care. You’ve got enough of a burden just fighting your bipolar condition.
But as the new study shows, if you don’t push… you won’t get it.
3 ways to claim the care you DESERVE
I know that sounds tough; it’s hard enough to seek help in the first place. So I’m here to make it a little easier with these three steps:
Step 1: If you’re facing the deep lows of depression along with the extreme highs when you feel fantastic but are being treated for “normal” depression, you may be misdiagnosed… especially if you’re not getting better (or are getting worse).
Talk to your doctor about bipolar disorder – and if you think he’s not hearing you, get a second opinion.
Step 2: If you’re on blood pressure meds, see if you can work with a doc on a safe way off. A 2010 study found that common BP meds increase the risk of bipolar hospitalization by between 35 and 50 percent.
Given the reality that many people on the meds don’t need them, see if you can do without using natural therapies, including calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Just make sure to work with your doc while you wean yourself off of them.
Step 3: Still need help? A 2017 study found that light-box therapy… the same treatment given for seasonal affective disorder… delivered real relief to two-thirds of bipolar patients over six weeks.
The key seems to be timing the light treatment to early afternoon instead of morning or evening. Otherwise it won’t work. But given at the right time, it could be just the drug-free solution you’re looking for to tackle your bipolar depression.
She is an advocate of self-education and is passionate about the power of group knowledge sharing, like the kind found right here on HealthierTalk.com. Alice loves to share her views on holistic and natural healing as well as her, sometimes contentious, thoughts on the profit-driven inner workings of traditional medicine.
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