Can a ketogenic diet successfully treat Bipolar Disorder?

Cecile Seth

Cecile Seth, MBA. Journalist. Co-Founder. Harvard Business School. Wellesley College. Bain & Company. Ms. Seth's award-winning blog, STEMshoots, helps her suburb with community planning and strengthening its schools.

10 Responses

  1. Patty says:

    I have been following the ketogenic diet to treat my bipolar disorder for 2 years. I have spent a lot of time researching it. I have Bipolar 1. I worked with my psychiatrist to wean off of all my medications. At the time I was taking Ativan, Vistaril, and Lithium. I can tell you from my personal experience the keto diet has helped me more than any medications I have taken. It does require some discipline but it helps with anxiety and bipolar. I really hope that more doctors start considering this as an option. Right now there just isn’t enough research on it. But, I can say for me it has worked very well.

    • Cecile Seth says:

      Patty,
      Thanks for sharing! Great to hear that you are finding keto and exercise to be useful parts of your tool kit on your path to better brain health! We’ve got more exciting insights in the pipeline. You may want to subscribe to our email list as well. I look forward to perusing your website in greater detail.

      Great thanks your doctor partnered with you. We would love to help move the needle on the research!

      Cecile

  2. Mary says:

    I would love to be a part of any clinical studies that might be upcoming. I’m dx’d with Bipolar Depression. I’ve been low carb for about 18 months now, mostly being in a low ketosis state. To be able to get rid of my meds would be exciting.

  3. Mary says:

    I would love to be a part of any clinical studies that might be upcoming. I’m dx’d with Bipolar Depression. I’ve been low carb for about 18 months now, mostly being in a low ketosis state. To be able to get rid of my meds would be exciting.

  4. Dorothy Krause says:

    I am 70. Been on Lithium fot 25 years.
    On Ketogenic diet for 3 years. Have reversed T2D, goal weight 2 yrs ago.
    I had a GP for 15 years who knew nothing about Keto. When I first started Keto he reduced my Lithium because I was toxic.
    My brain is a lot healthier but I feel the Lithium and Keto are too much together. In the last 3 months ive had several TIAs. My blood panel is all normal, I’m healthy, walk 20 km a week. I just feel that I need my Lithium reduced or removed.
    I’m really scared but don’t know where to turn.
    Even change from Lithium Carbonate to Lithium Orotate.
    Have changed doctors but they are reluctant to change because of good levels.

    • Cecile Seth says:

      Dorothy, I’m so glad to hear that your brain is feeling healthier and that you’ve been able to reverse your T2D and reach your goal weight! Congratulations!

      The TIA’s must have been frightening. Luckily, on our Ketogenic Clinicians Page we have 5 MD’s who are willing to see Keto-for-Psych patients. Four are psychiatrists and three are based in the US. Several see patients remotely or could consult with your existing prescribers. You’ll need to scroll down to the middle of the page.

      The literature reports that reducing psychiatric medications is tricking so I’m glad that you are looking for a doctor to help rather than trying to do it on your own. Please be careful and stay safe.

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