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 of those 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.

Blue-light blockers

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

Uvex Skyper S1933X

LowBlueLights.com All the pairs at this site are effective

Supplements

Omega 3. This product has the right ratio of EPA:DHA for a good price. Typical dose is 2/day.

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

Silexan. A lavender extract, CalmAid

N-Acetylcysteine

Coenzyme Q10

L-Theanine

Mood Probiotic

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

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

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)

Over-the-Counter Treatments

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

Books

Depression and Bipolar Workbook

Bipolar, Not So Much

Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life: How Dialectical Behavior Therapy Can Put You in Control

Don’t Panic

Stop Obsessing

Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

Choosing to Live (for suicidal thoughts and impulses)

Mediterranean Cookbook (for the antidepressant diet)

Pill Boxes

We recommend putting all your meds and supplements in a weekly pill box. Otherwise it’s nearly impossible to remember them, and even more frustrating when you’re not sure if you did or not. Even better, 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 doses. Twice-a-day doses.

“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