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Manic Depression


(Bipolar Disorder)

SYMPTOMS – Extreme pessimism, withdrawal from society, changes in sleep patterns. A sudden loss of interest and failure to complete projects started with enthusiasm. There is chronic irritability, sudden attacks of rage when crossed, and loss of inhibitions. More symptoms are given below.

CAUSES – Mania is a mental state characterised by excessive excitement. Depression is a mental state characterised by dejection, lack of hope, and absence of cheerfulness.

Both these qualities are strikingly observed in manic depression. Manic depression is cyclic, a circular affective psychosis in which there are alternating moods of depression and mania. Ordinarily there is a series of periods of psychotic depression or excessive well-being, appearing in any sequence and alternating with longer periods of relative normalcy.

Though the intensity may vary greatly, the manic shows an elevated though unstable mood, a flight of ideas, and a great physical activity. The case of primary depression finds one thinking that all exertion is exhausting. There is difficulty in thinking or acting and the person is very unhappy. Manic-depressive disorder is also called bipolar disorder. It typically begins as depression and then develops into alternating periods of depression and mania.

Both mania and depression can vary in intensity and length of the cycles (a few days to months). During the depression phase, some do nothing while others go through the motions of everyday work while always feeling depressed.

Hypomania is a burst of energy and activity; but full-blown manic psychosis includes delusions of grandeur, invincibility, or persecution, and may result in day and night activity without sleep.

Factors inducing manic depression include an overgrowth of yeast in the intestinal tract and certain diseases: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, food allergies, environmental toxicity, hypoglycaemia, and hyperglycaemia are major causes.


  • A good nourishing diet is very important, omitting all junk foods.
  • Avoid processed, sugary, and fried foods.
  • Locate allergy foods and eliminate them. Foods which are common offenders include cow’s milk, corn, wheat, rye, soy, and sugar. Solving a manic-depressive problem cam require weeks of careful diet and elimination of offending factors.
  • But also consider house dust, perfume, formaldehyde, and cosmetics as allergenic factors to be avoided.
  • To test for glycaemia, take a 6-hour glucose tolerance test. During the test, someone must stay with the person and record his emotions and events. (Is he on the up, down, or both?)
  • Folic acid supplement improves the effects of lithium in treating manic-depressives.
  • To normalize and strengthen nerve function, high doses of B-complex are important. The minerals found in nourishing food are also needed.
  • Chromium and vanadium (500 mcg, 4 times a day), essential fatty acids (5gm, 3 times a day), niacin (450 mg, 4 times a day), vitamin B1 (200mg), vitamin B5 (50 mg), vitamin B6 (200 mg).
  • Avoid the amino acids, ornithine, and arginine. Some say these and choline may make symptoms worse. Others say that choline is needed. Still others say that choline should be only taken in normal amounts with other B vitamin supplements. Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that choline helped reduce manic depression. So do as you think best regarding choline.
  • Obtaining sufficient amounts of balanced amino acids, especially tyrosine and taurine, are important.

Encouragement – We must accept Christ as our personal Saviour; and as we do, He imputes to us the righteousness of God. He enables us to obey the Bible. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 1 John 4:10, Psalm 26:1.

This extract was taken from “Natural Remedies Encyclopedia”, (Heritage Edition 2004), Harvestime Books, - Pages 495-496