Alternative Health Care for Bipolar Child

Updated on June 07, 2011
M.B. asks from Simi Valley, CA
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I have a nine year old boy with bi-polar disorder. He is taking 400mg of seroquel and 15mg of prozac every day. He still has meltdowns. A couple of weeks ago he got in three fights--giving another boy a bloody nose. Last week he pulled his closet door off the hinge. He gets very violent when he gets angry and cant be reasoned with in his mania. I feel there is some alternative things out there that may help him in addition to the medicine. Has anyone tried anything else that has been successful? I have read that diet makes a huge difference. We went dairy free, gluten free, sugar free, preservative free this summer for about 6 weeks and I didnt really see a big enough change to warrent the time and cost involved. I dont know if we did it long enough. I heard about chiropractive work, and also acupucture--does that help? My husband and I are realizing that we only have a couple more years to get this under control before he goes through puberty and is bigger and stronger than I am....

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E.P.

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I highly recommend homeopathy and anthroposophical medicine. Dr. Daniel Brousseau is an M.D. but then received extra training in these alternative medicines. He is a kind, experienced family practitioner. He is at ###-###-#### in Pasadena. The website is http://[email protected]____.com can learn more about anthroposophical medicine on the website. I have no association with Dr. Brousseau other than that my family has used him to great success. He successfully treated a thyroid goiter I had and I avoided surgery. My heart goes out to you and your family.

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C.C.

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Can a child that young be diagnosed as bi-polar? If you are looking for alternative therapies, you might try Dr. Michelle Cohen in Manhattan Beach. She is a chiropractor by profession, but also does holistic healing. http://www.illuminahealing.com Maybe she can give you some other ideas? I would also suggest talk therapy for all of you. I'm sure you need all the support you can get.

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S.W.

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Hi, M.,

I recommend looking up a licensed therapist that specializes in "neurofeedback therapy".

Sincerely,
S. M. Wolf, M.A.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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B.L.

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you need to talk to Jem Welsh, a nutiritonist and biochemist. he knows and has fixed these problems with nutrition and alternative medicine. you can email him at [email protected]____.com him i sent you. B. Lauren, expectingfitness
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K.B.

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Hi, M..
I think that you're on the right track with regards to your son's diet. I know it's difficult and expensive, but maybe trying to limit one food at a time would be easier. It might take awhile to see any difference, but I have found success in limiting (not cutting out altogether) sugar in my 8 year old son's diet. But this is not the reason for my response!
Reading that you live in Agoura Hills, as I do, I'm wondering if your son's school is supportive and involved. Obviously, even the greatest school won't cure your son's illness- but having a strong, consistent support system for your son and your family is so important.
This year, a new elementary school opened in the Las Virgenes District, it's called the Las Virgenes Community Learning Center. My son is a student there. The school is kind of like a charter school (but it isn't) in that it has a philosphy that is more progressive than the other schools in the district. The school's philosophy is based on non-violent communication and focuses on each child's individual personality and learning style. We also have a lower child to teacher ratio and an incredible staff and team of mental heath specialists. Most schools in the district have a school counselor on campus no more than 3 days a week- we have a full time counselor and a full time psychologist at school. The school has a web site where you can read all about it, it's: http://www.heartineducation.com/lvclc/index.html

LVCLC is not a charter school or a school that is only for kids with special needs, but a place that focuses on meeting the different needs of all children. Also, it's the first school that my son LOVES to go to! The school does require parent participation, many parents volunteer to work in their child's classroom but there are other opportunities if you work during school hours or are not comfortable working in the class.
I probably sound like an advertisement, but I promise that I'm not an employee or anything like that! Just a parent that wishes all kids would have the opportunity to experience learning in such a postive environment.
Good Luck and feel free to respond to my message if you have any questions.
~K. B.

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A.W.

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some thoughts: first of all, i am so sorry you are going through this. that sounds hard and scary. i would definitely check out alternative ideas as they are often known to help with situations like this. some ideas would be to get an appt with dr lauren feder -- a very good holistic pediatrician in the area. also, there is a great mft counselor named diane reynolds in santa monica who i bet would definitely be able to help. (on 30th street). it is so important that you get him and yourselves help as this can take a huge toll on the family, not to mention if he is that violent he could later be dangerous to friends (as has already happened), girlfriends, strangers, and society.

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J.L.

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Is he in therapy in addition to taking the meds? My first thought is Child Directed Play Therapy. I don't know of a good therapist in Simi Valley but I would check out this modality on-line in your area. All the best to you and your family!

Jen

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D.C.

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Hi Mary-
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B.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

The body, child or adult, can deal with anything more effectively when it is well nourished with the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients. I have been working with families and their kids who have been "labeled" and on meds for quite some time now. My nutritional cleansing program has been very successful.

Dr John Gray (author of Men ad From Mars Women are From Venus) hpersoanlly uses and recomends these products as well. He has done studies with this program on "diagnosed kids" and has had HUGE success.

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A.Y.

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I would look into Omega 3s and zinc supplements. My daughter has behavioral issues, and is approaching puberty, so we are also trying to get things under control before it gets worse. Our homeopath is adamant about good oils and zinc for brain development. A therapist mentioned the same regimen. My daughter is also gluten-intolerant, as well as cow-dairy- sensitive and egg- and soy- sensitive. We do our best to limit these foods, but boy, is it hard! She also gets chiropractic adjustments from time to time, but I'm not sure of the exact benefit for her, besides pain relief.

All this would help your 11 yo as well!

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S.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

My heart goes out to you. It sounds like possibly his medication needs to be adjusted or changed. I'm not sure if he can go to anger management classes when he is on a "good" day. I am not certain, but would exercise help for him? Maybe a gym membership or basketball hoop in the driveway? It must be very scary for the other children to witness his episodes. My ex-brother-in-law has paranoid schizophrenia and he has his bouts of ups and downs, depending on if he even takes his medication. There might be a support group the rest of the family can go to as well. Does he see a therapist at all, as in a counselor for behavior therapy? Good luck, I wish I knew more.

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E.B.

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I had very similar issues with my son. Luckily, we started treating him with neurofeedback at 5 years old. He is a new kid. My heart goes out to you. I've been there but I'm thrilled to say, we have our life back now. Please let me know if you'd like to pursue neurofeedback and I could put you in touch with our clinician. Good luck!

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E.M.

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M.,

Definetely try other meds if these aren't seeming to help. I have gone through about 8 different meds over years and still haven't found the right combo. If you don't feel like your psychiatrist is doing a good job, switch. Look for counseling, support groups (I have one in ventura) and all the information you can get.

I am a bit worried about the seroquel. I was given samples of that for problems sleeping (along with the Bipolar II) and after I researched it and tried it a couple times I rejected it. It made me feel like a zombie the next day and there were some intense possible health side affects. Reasearch all meds offered to your stepson and if the side effects are too much call your psych. and talk about changing.

There are also support groups both physically and online for families of those living with bipolar. The one I go to in Ventura has a few family members trying to understand and talk with others with Bipolar.

I am also trying to find a better diet and supplements that might help me. Omega 3's and low sugar diet has helped me the best so far. I tried cutting sugar out of diet completely but if I even a bit of it I would hit the roof. I keep it just a low sugar diet so I don't have such a dramatic reaction.

A lot of love and patience is needed. If you ever need to talk feel free to contact me.

Evelyn

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J.R.

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Do you feel that his current meds are working? Make sure you run anything holistic past your doctor so he knows what you're doing. Vitamins, herbs are not truly monitored by the government so mixing them with some medicines is not a good thing to do. They don't have the same expectations to meet as FDA-approved medicines. They may not always be the same exact dosage. There may be some variability in the ingredients. Do A LOT of research before embarking on an alternative method. Keep your doctor in the loop!!! Your son needs to learn how to manage his anger better, which is not an easy skill. I had a student who was bipolar who learned that he could rub certain parts on his body (ears, web of the hand, etc) to help alleviate his stress. The best methods of treatment usually pair medication with counseling for the behaviors. He needs to learn how to act or respond in appropriate ways. What about yoga or martial arts? This is not easy, but talk to your doctor about his current meds, the counseling piece of the treatment plan and your desire to find some alternative methods to help you son.

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