Treatment-resistant bipolar disorder (TRBD) is an increasingly prevalent, debilitating condition with substandard treatment outcomes. Polypharmacy has become the mainstay among practitioners though long-term efficacy of this method has not been adequately tested.Objective:
Determine retrospectively if individualized, integrative treatment strategies applied while withdrawing pharmaceuticals were beneficial and safe among a TRBD clinic population.Design:
A chart review was performed for six adult patients, treated in a private psychiatric practice. Data were collected regarding psychiatric diagnosis, hospitalizations, medications, side effects, substance abuse, and applied treatments.Results:
Using individualized, integrative psychiatric treatment methods, the majority of medications were eliminated. Long-term remission was attained in all cases, defined as clinical stability with no discernable symptoms of bipolar disorder for at least one year.Conclusions:
Applying an integrative treatment approach, and eliminating most medications, provided lasting resolution of symptoms and side effects in a selected sample of TRBD outpatients. These data may provide the basis for future randomized, controlled trials.