Why Do People Choose Alternative Approaches? 06/29/2016 I was speaking to a fellow mother yesterday who had questions about alternative treatments. There is no singular way to raise children with bipolar disorder. There is guidance and direction but ultimately the paths you choose must be right for your family and your child. Personally, we have tried a wide variety of both traditional and nontraditional treatment approaches. They have all contributed to our journey by either providing benefit or by informing us on what doesn’t fit for our family.