What is bipolar disorder...
Bipolar disorder (also called manic-depressive disorder) is a medical
condition that is characterized by extreme mood changes that alternate
between episodes of depression and
mania. Either mood can appear suddenly without an obvious trigger.
In between these extreme mood changes, the person may return to a normal
mood. Although mood changes associated with bipolar disorder can
be difficult, effective treatment is available.
Bipolar Disorder, educational fact
sheet from the National Mental Health
Omega 3 fatty acids in bipolar disorder
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical
This study was
performed to examine whether omega3 fatty acids also exhibit
mood-stabilizing properties in bipolar disorder. In a 4-month,
double-blind, placebo-controlled study, researchers compared omega3 fatty acids
(9.6 g/d with placebo olive oil), in addition to usual treatment, in
30 patients with bipolar disorder. The omega3 fatty acid patient group
had a significantly longer period of remission than the placebo group.
Additionally, the omega3 fatty acids (9.6 g/d) were well tolerated in
this group of patients.
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1999
from Medline Plus, A
service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National
Institute of Health. Scroll down to "Depression"
in the list of video tutorials.
Mental Health Association
This is an excellent and comprehensive site with up-to-date
information regarding all mental illnesses. The National Mental
Health Association is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit
organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental
from the National Mental Health
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