Recommended Products

There are many devices and supplements that can improve mental health, but it’s hard to know which ones really work. We consulted with groups that do independent tests to make the recommendations below.

To learn more about how to use these products check brochure we gave you at your visit. Copies are here.

Lightbox

Daylight Classic (folding stand)

Daylight Classic Plus (solid stand)

Dawn Simulator

Philips HF3520. A good option with a built in permanent bulb that’s bright enough to be therapeutic

Philips Somneo Connected HF3670. Same as above, but with some luxury features like temperature monitoring and smart-phone integration for a premium price

Lighten up. Lowest cost option. Requires a bright, dimable lamp to work.

Glasses

Uvex Ultraspec 2000 S0360X (larger, so they fit over your prescription glasses)

Uvex Skyper S1933X

LowBlueLights.com All the glasses on this site work, and they have other devices to block blue light

N-Acetylcysteine (NAC). NOW 1,000mg.

L-Carnosine. Bestvite 500mg. How to use it.

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).  Doctor’s Best 200mg.

Lavender (Silexan). Nature’s Way CalmAid 80mg.

Melatonin: Dr. Wurtman’s and Swanson’s are good products. How to use it.

Probiotics. Mood probiotic.

Resveratrol. TruNature Resveratrol Plus 250mg. How to use it.

L-Methylfolate (Deplin or MethylPro). Opti-folate 15mg is the best-priced option for this folate vitamin (another option is MethylPro).

Omega 3 (Fish Oil). Viva Naturals has the right ratio of EPA:DHA for a good price. Typical dose is 2/day.

SAM-e (S-Adenosyl-L-Methionine). Doctor’s Best or NOW 400mg (or there is a 200mg for Doctor’s Best and NOW).

Sensoril (Ashwagandha) (take 500mg or 2 capsules daily)

L-Theanine. Swanson Suntheanine.

Constipation: Docusate-Senna combination (generic of peri-colace)

Dry Mouth: Gums with xylitol (SpryEpicPur)

Nausea: Ginger tabs (how to use them)

Tremor: Vitamin B6 for tremor, restlessness, or tardive dyskinesia (typical dose is 900-1200 mg daily so would two of these 500 mg tabs per day)

Savings Programs

For brand name medications, check the official website for coupons (the website is the brandname.com, e.g. trintellix.com).

GoodRx. Searches your local pharmacies for the lowest out-of-pocket price. Note that Costco often has the lowest price and you don’t need to be a member to use their pharmacy.

Needs Meds. Discount card and connects you to various savings programs, including patient assistance programs for people who need brand name medications but have a low income.

Save on My Meds. Checks for lowest price if you’re paying out of pocket, also verifies if an online pharmacy is safe.

Refill Wise. Discount card.

If you plan on getting your meds through an online or overseas pharmacy, there are ways to do it safer and ways that are riskier. Those risks are big, as many overseas pharmacies ship poorly made products with dangerous ingredients in them. Deception is rampant. Most of the ones that advertise as “Canadian” don’t even sell medications that would pass inspection in Canada.

The safest online sources are those with a “.pharmacy” at the end of their web address. Two groups that can check the safety, and give you a list of safe online sources, are:

Buy Safely. Type in your pharmacies website to check if it’s safe. Or download their list of verified pharmacies.

National Association of Boards of Pharmacies. Check their list of pharmacies that past inspection through their VIPPS program.

We recommend keeping all your pills in a weekly box. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to remember them, and even more frustrating when you’re not sure if you did or not. It’s best to get 4 weekly boxes so you only have to fill them once a month. There are lots of good options, but mainly it comes down to the size you need and whether you need one with twice-a-day boxes.

Weekly large boxes for daily dose: Standard or Pop-up

Weekly large boxes for twice-a-day dose: Standard or Pop-up

Weekly large boxes for three-times-a-day dose

Monthly small boxes

Monthly large boxes

Travel-friendly boxes. These allow you to pop out a few days at a time when you’re on a trip: Daily dosesTwice-a-day doses.

Our self-help book has 32 natural therapies for mental health with detailed instructions on how to use them

“Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds.”

Andrew Solomon • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

“Denouncing these medicines makes as much sense as denouncing the immorality of motor oil. Without them, sooner or later the bipolar brain will go bang.”

David Lovelace • Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

“There is no harm in taking medication as it is utilizing the wisdom God gives to doctors. But it is also your responsibility to build faith for healing while using medication.”

Paul Silway • Pastor

“Being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”

Carrie Fisher • Actor and Author