Bipolar Disorder


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Bipolar disorder used to be called Manic Depression. The term Bipolar refers to the two opposite mood states, although there are actually four phases of bipolar.

Patients with bipolar disorder can be difficult to recognise. In a general population sample of a large number of adults aged 18 or older approx 4% screened positive for bipolar disorder. Most of these had never received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder! And nearly a third of those with bipolar had been diagnosed with unipolar depression.

Patients with bipolar disorder often feel very well between bouts of depression. They spend approximately half of their lives symptomatic and the majority of that time suffering depression. Most are likely to present to clinicians when they are depressed and because the clinical presentation of a patient with bipolar disorder when depressed may not differ from that of a non-bipolar depressed patient they are often misdiagnosed.

The medical treatment of bipolar is inadequate. In general, antidepressants have little or no efficacy for the depressive episodes of bipolar disorder. The treatment guidelines recommend antidepressants only as an adjunct to mood stabilisers. Whether the prescription of antidepressants for bipolar patients causes harm is a subject of considerable debate.

Dr Peter Bongiorno has presented several times for Health Masters LIVE. He specialises in Mental Health and will give you the most tup to date review of bipolar disorder. How to recognise, assess and develop a care plan for each person.

Many factors can contribute to bipolar mood changes. These patients exhibit immune alterations and allergies. Their mood disturbance causes include sleep disturbance, noise and light pollution, stressful events, especially in childhood, and also neurological trauma. Various nutritional deficiencies, several endocrine disorders, and neurological conditions predispose to bipolar disorder.

They can be a tricky condition to assess and manage but the benefits to them are substantial. This Series will give the ability to provide these people sound natural support and hopefully improve the lives of many people who have limited therapeutic opportunities.

See below for the full program outline.


  • How to recognise undiagnosed or misdiagnosed bipolar disorder
  • What might be causing or contributing to bipolar in your patients
  • When medications that patients are taking may be inappropriate
  • How to differentiate the subtypes of bipolar
  • When to refer patients for diagnosis confirmation or prescription re-evaluation
  • How to assess for potential contributors
  • What you can do to remove contributors
  • How to make up a care plan your patient


  • Clear explanations on how to achieve outstanding clinical results
  • A PDF of all the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the live presentations where you can ask questions
  • 6 months access to the audio and video recordings
  • Your exclusive invitation to the Health Masters Live Alumni Group


Each session is 90 minutes: 75 minutes presentation + 15 minutes Q&A


  1. Understand relevance, incidence and geography of bipolarity
  2. Review definition and proper diagnosis of bipolar disorder
  3. Identify conventional treatment options
    • Antipsychotics
    • Anticonvulsants
    • SSRI’s
    • Lithium
  4. Review underlying factors
    • Mitochondrial dysfunction
    • Toxicity
    • Neurotransmitter imbalances
    • Blood sugar dysregulation
    • Inflammation
  5. Identify genetics that predispose to bipolarity


  1. Pertinent lab testing
    • Urine tests
    • Blood work
  2. Natural Therapeutics
    • Sleep
    • Exercise
    • Spiritual work and meditation
    • Food choices
    • Supplemental choices to address underlying factors
    • How to use adjunctively with medications
  3. Contraindications
  4. Natural pharma/medication strategies
  5. Methods for medication weaning


Dr. Peter Bongiorno PhD., ND.

Dr Peter Bongiorno graduated from Bastyr University. He completed five years of training in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture and was honoured to be his class speaker. Before medical school, he researched as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at Yale University in New Haven Connecticut, and co-authored numerous medical journal articles in the field of neuroendocrinology. He completed his premedical studies and received a Bachelors degree in Biology and English Literature from Fairfield University.

Dr Bongiorno authored Healing Depression: Integrated Naturopathic and Conventional Treatments (CCNM Press, 2010), the first comprehensive textbook designed to teach physicians how to use the science and art of natural medicine to heal depression. His latest book for the public, How Come They’re Happy and I’m Not was released in November of 2012. He regularly writes articles for the Dr Oz and Sharecare websites and is an invited expert blogger at Psychology Today. Dr Bongiorno is also a major contributor to the 3rd and 4th editions of the Textbook of Natural Medicine.

Dr Bongiorno is Vice-President of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians and is active in gaining legislation to license naturopathic doctors in New York State. He is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a Diplomat in Acupuncture. Dr Bongiorno is licensed as an acupuncturist in the State of New York and is considered a naturopathic doctor in the State of Washington, where naturopathic doctors are licensed to practice medicine.

Dr Bongiorno helped create the first elective natural and integrative medicine class at the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, and he regularly guest lectures to medical students about natural medicine and acupuncture. Dr Bongiorno is an adjunct faculty member at New York University and at the Natural Gourmet Institute for Food and Health. He has lectured at the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians conference, CAM Expo in New York City, and numerous other conferences to both physician and public audiences.

Dr Bongiorno has been regularly interviewed on national television as a natural medicine expert and local television, radio, and writes for national media (Psychology Today,, Energy Times).

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