Dr. Weyrich's Naturopathic Functional Medicine Notebook is a collection of information on topics of interest to Dr. Weyrich that may be of interest to the world wide audience. Due to limitations of time, not all information that Dr. Weyrich knows or would like to further research is published here. Dr. Weyrich welcomes financial contributions to support specific research topics, as well as copies of non-free access journal articles for him to review on a topic. Constructive criticism is also welcome.

Overview of Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a psychosis in which the patient alternates between depression and mania, although an individual patient may exhibit predominantly one state or the other.

It is outside Dr. Weyrich's scope to prescribe anti-psychotic drugs to treat bipolar, but Dr. Weyrich can provide adjunctive therapies that may be very beneficial, and allow the doctors prescribing anti-psychotics to minimize the doses (and side effects).

Complimentary and alternative treatments for bipolar disorder that are considered below include:

  • Low Dose Naltrexone
  • Neuro-Gen High Performance Neuromodulation (HPN)
  • Conventional Neuro-feedback
  • Neurotransmitter Balancing

Differential Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder

Please see conventional, complimentary and alternative medical treatments for important background information regarding the different types of medical treatments discussed below.

Naturopathic, Complimentary and Alternative Treatments

Treat the phasic depression or mania as indicated. Take care not to overshoot and change the patient from a depressive state to a manic state or vice-versa.

Omega-3 oils are believed to help stabilize mood in bipolar patients.

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

According to the Low Dose Naltrexone home page [LDN], LDN has been seen to benefit depression and bipolar. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN). However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of depression and bipolar with LDN.

Please see What is Low Dose Naltrexone? for more information.

Neuro-Gen High Performance Neuromodulation (HPN)

HPN has been reported to be useful for treating bipolar disorder [Snook], [Willis]. Dr. Weyrich has been trained in the use of Neuro-Gen High Performance Neuromodulation system by it's inventor, Corey Snook. However, Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of bipolar disorder with this technique.

Please see What is Neuro-Gen High Performance Neuromodulation? for more information.

Conventional Neuro-feedback

Neuro-feedback has proven useful for treating and bipolar disorder. Dr. Weyrich has been certified in Neuro-feedback since 2008, and more recently completed an additional residency training program at ADD Clinic of Scottsdale, AZ. Dr. Weyrich has not treated any cases of bipolar disorder using this technique.

Please see What is Neurofeedback? for more information.

Neurotransmitter Balancing

Neuro Research [Hinz2015] reports that Bipolar Disorder can be benefited by balancing neurotransmitter levels in the body.

Dr. Weyrich has been trained in neurotransmitter balancing protocols, but has not treated Bipolar Disorder using this technique.

Please see What is Neurotransmitter Balancing? for more information.

ICD-10 Codes related to Bipolar Disorder

References for Bipolar Disorder