According to a study by the University of Pittsburg, Omega 3 can have a positive effect on your mood. You can read more at http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060303205050.htm
I also use vitamin B Complex for my mood disorder and studies have shown that this may have a positive effect, especially those with bipolar disorder.
Hope this helps. Good Luck!
Thanks :) I was actually surprised to notice a positive effect when I really wasn't expecting any results from something "natural". I have always thought natural remedies were like snake oil - but this proved me wrong. There is no way I am going to take another medication on top of the 4 I take, so this seems like the next best thing. As long as I am able to study and focus better in school, I will take it. And I do not have to worry about medication interactions and side effects. Maybe it isn't good as medications, but it is better than nothing.
hey there. my dr actually told me to start taking omega 3s after i had read about it in a natural remedy book. i was pretty stable when i went off the depakote, and started the omegas a little bit later. i just take 2 pills, and sometimes i forget, but i guess its working cause i havent really been depressed.
I am glad they are working for you as well : ) I am still surprised with how well they are helping me.
Omegas are also really important for women during their menstrual cycles..it lessens the depression associated the cycle (well, for me!) It also helps with fertility.
Even more I didn't know, thanks :)
what are the omega 3s. my head doctor is trying to find a medication that will work, i have bi-polar,ocd, & add. i was dignosed about 2 months ago. but have been sick for more than 10yrs.
Omega 3s are not a substitute for medications. They are a supplement that can be taken in conjunction with your regular meds. You can get the Omega 3 fatty acids from either flax seed or fish oil. Mine are fish oil (I do not get the fishy smell), but some prefer the other. Just google omega 3s, depression and ADD and you will find lots of information out there. But basically, they help your brain function better by giving it the much needed nutrients because our diets are usually lacking in them - unless you consume lots amounts of fish. Talk to your doctor about it as well because many of them already know at least something about it. But do not stop other meds to take this. Good luck!
I take it every day in conjunction with my meds. ALWAYS take the prescription meds. Omega 3 or 6 is awsome for brain boosting and great for the heart too. Been taking it for years. I know it does not control bipolar because I suffered horrible symptoms before my diagnosis when I was taking Omega 3 already. Just got my diagnosis and added in the bipolar meds!
ya, there is no way I am stopping meds. been there - not going back! I am just not willing at the moment to take any more (for ADD). Lamictal, Xanax (occasionally), Seroquel, and a heart med for an abnormal heart rhythm caused by the Seroquel - those are plenty for right now! lol. I can't complain too much because they are working and I feel good.
I haven't seen any effect from the omega 3. I take 2-4 caps a day, even include some cod liver oil caps, vit b complex. I have depression, but I think mine is more related to my thyroid disorder, and that is hard to stablize.
My doc can't stress the benefits of Omega 3 and Flax Seed powder enough. He says there is real life research showing all the benefits they have on mood, not to mention, heart and arteries.
If you take Omega # my doc says if it smells like fish, it's a cheap grade. Go for the higher grade oils. They shouldn't have an odor.