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What stack is good for someone with Bipolar Disorder II (with psychotic features)?
I have BDII, and with it, I have HUGE socializing and cognitive deficits. Social anxiety, slight mental intellectual and psychosocial retardation, the whole shebang.

I've looked into Nootropics only somewhat

I am already talking to my providers, my health specialists, etc., and I am trying to convince my psychiatrist to ask my GP for cognitive enhancers that have been tested scientifically on people exactly like me:

Galantamine ER
Intranasal insulin
Extract of withania somniferia
Methylene blue

^99% of these require a prescription. But they're not regularly administered to Bipolar people.

Which is why I've been looking into cognitive stuff on my own

This is my current stack of Nootropics:

Phosphatidyl Serine (600 mg) (Double Wood Supplements from Amazon)
Ginkgo Biloba (240 mg) (Nature's Bounty from GNC I think)
Bacopa Monnieri (300 mg) (Spring Valley from Walmart)
Rhodiola Extract (680 mg) (GNC Herbal plus from GNC)
Caffeine (Coffee 2x per day) (200 mg via Donut Keurig Coffee Cups)
L-Theanine (100 mg) (Spring Valley from Walmart)
NAC (500 mg) (From Nootropics Depot)
Sarcosine (1000 mg) (From Nootropics Depot)

Apart from that, I take:

Multivitamins (GNC Mega Men Sport)
Magnesium (400 mg) (Spring Valley from Walmart)
Melatonin (10 mg) (Spring Valley from Walmart)

just for overall health...


Am I overdoing it? Or am I on the right track?

The stack I have helps SOMEWHAT, but I'm afraid I'm not combining things correctly, and that I could be reaping benefits if I added things like Ashwaganda maybe.

I'm currently taking Abilify 20 mg and it takes care of the whole Bipolar thing, so no worries there, but what stack would be recommended to a guy like me?
I was diagnosed Bipolar as a teenager. My biggest advice is avoiding real hard drugs and alcohol and do your best to channel the manic energy into positive areas of your life. During depressive episodes the racetams help me a ton, Phenylpiracetam mainly. Choline during the Manic episodes can take the edge off of the high energy. Sometimes I have ask myself "what would a normal person do in this situation?" lol. The mania causes you to engage in behavior that is sometimes dangerous, or not well thought out.

Personally I think there is too much going on with that stack. I do like to take NAC if I find myself being drawn to alcohol, as it helps curb impulses and addiction. L-Theanine is also good for toning down energy levels.

I would try out Piracetam, Phenylpiracetam, and a choline source like Alpha GPC or CDP choline. Bear in mind that the Piracetam can make the mania worse, but it works wonders for uplifting you during the depressive lows. That has been my experience.
Have you tried the intra nasal insulin?

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