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Suggest treatment for manic depressive disorder

my niece has suffered from manic depression since age 16. It has been one wild journey and now after all these years, hospitalizations etc. Is now enjoying independent living. Problem is she now has problems walking. He doctors believe it is her meds but why now and is the condition reversible.
Thu, 12 Nov 2015
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Sir,
I have reviewed your query and understand your concern,let me help you understand. With medications taken to control bipolar the side-effects can cause movement disorders that eventually may become irreversible. They can try using medications to block the side-effects or take the chance on switching a medication to one in the same class but chances are the same issues will arise. Seek a second opinion on this if you are not happy.

Omega-3 fatty acids have risen to the forefront of research in bipolar treatment.You may wish to suggest this to the doctors,see if the omegas can help even the moods so that the other bothersome medications can possibly be decreased.Leave the monitoring and dosage to them.

I hope I have helped give some clarity and guidance for your concern. My best wishes to you and your loved ones, Kathryn Shattler, MS,RDN
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