From mental illness to mental wellness: A story of hope and recovery

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The International Bipolar Foundation is out with another great webinar. Check it out Network faithful!

jenniferIn this webinar, Dr. Jennifer Bahr, ND shares her story of personal transformation from early struggles leading to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder to living mentally well.  Dr. Bahr provides a unique perspective that is rarely found in this field as both a patient and a provider with experience in both the conventional and natural fields of medicine.    Through sharing of her lived experience she provides hope to those recently diagnosed or struggling for recovery that you can live very well with bipolar disorder.  The focus will be on her story, but will include some information on general natural therapies that can be employed to get better results from any treatment method used. 

Dr. Bahr received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where she focused her clinical studies on homeopathy and pediatrics. She was drawn to this because of personal and family struggles with mood and anxiety disorders, most of which found their beginnings in childhood.  She has seen first hand the effects of delayed or suppressive treatments of childhood conditions as they progress into adulthood. She saw friends and family members struggle through all stages of life, until they were forced to take powerful medicines that controlled moods and anxiety but dulled their personality. She witnessed the battle between wanting to control moods and desire to avoid the harsh side effects of medications, which lead her to naturopathic medicine in search of a better way. She believes that she has found that way, and has dedicated her practice to treating mood disorders as well as children and adolescents to help prevent them from experiencing adult mental illness and lead happy, productive lives.

Dr. Bahr's treatment approach is simple yet detailed, and incredibly individualized. She believes that the best treatments work with the body to help it do what it is supposed to do naturally.  Her treatments are focused on removing obstacles and stimulating the body to heal.  She believes that therapies should be sustainable, including cost, and only uses treatments and testing that are vital to stimulate healing.  Because of this, taking the time to listen and gain a full understanding of all concerns, physical and mental/emotional, is at the core of what she does.  After all, the body and the mind are not separate, and true healing can't occur without understanding and treating the whole person.

Dr. Bahr received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, AZ, where she focused her clinical studies on homeopathy and pediatrics. Prior to that she was an Arabic translator for the US government and served 6 years in the US Navy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the National Center for Homeopathy, National Alliance on Mental Illness, the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, the Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and the California Naturopathic Doctors Association. Dr. Jennifer Bahr is licensed naturopathic doctor that specializes in the homeopathic treatment of mental illness.  She practices in Santa Cruz, CA. 


  1. Iden's avatar
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    I will be definitely listen in. We need more providers sharing their struggles of how they made it through. The more humanizing and connectedness we share the better off we will all be.
  2. George Patrin's avatar
    George Patrin
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    Sounds interesting. Dr. Kay Jaimison with Johns Hopkins has told her story many times as well. Her lament is our society doesn't listen and act on the answer to our broken mental health services in this country.
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