Identifying Root Causes of Bipolar Disorder

I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder (what they then called “manic depressive illness”) in 1999. While the diagnosis matched the symptoms I was experiencing, the treatment I received never seemed to make things better… and they never treated the root of why I was struggling.

While I have shared about my personal experience with bipolar disorder, PTSD, and depression and I have interviewed many different experts who share ways to treat the root of chronic disease, I have never devoted the majority of an episode to bipolar disorder and its root causes.

Ellen Vora, MD received her B.A. from Yale University and attended Columbia University medical school. She’s a board-certified psychiatrist, medical acupuncturist, and yoga teacher. Dr. Vora takes a functional medicine approach to mental health—considering the whole person and addressing imbalance at the root, rather than reflexively prescribing medication. Dr. Vora’s book, The Anatomy of Anxiety, comes out in March 2022.

Recording this episode was personal for me. It helped me put together the puzzle pieces of my health even further. Download here or listen wherever you get podcasts.

Key Topics:

  • What a functional medicine approach to psychiatry looks like
  • The root causes of bipolar disorder
  • The impact of gluten on mental health
  • The impact of birth control pills on mental health
  • When psychiatric drugs are necessary
  • Why anxious people are sensitive
  • The definition of false anxiety
  • The impact of blood sugar on mental health
  • Circadian rhythm support for mental health

Follow Dr. Vora on Instagram at @ellenvoramd and her website.

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