Is Bipolar Disorder Linked to Gut Bacteria? Toronto Doctor Studies New Treatment

Is Bipolar Disorder Linked to Gut Bacteria? Toronto Doctor Studies New Treatment

A Canadian doctor has launched the world’s first study exploring whether bipolar disorder, which has long been treated with a variety of powerful medications, could be treated by changing a patient’s gut bacteria. The approach may seem unusual, but psychiatrist Dr. Valerie Taylor says it’s a study she had to launch after watching two intriguing cases in patients with severe bipolar disorder whose conditions improved while taking antibiotics. “It was sort of an ‘Aha!’ moment,” Taylor told CTV News. “Literally people's lives changed, and then the antibiotics stopped, and their symptoms returned.”

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