Eat healthy organic food. I cannot stand the meds I am on.. Options are out there, and what works for me might not work for someone else. They might still need medication, but maybe less of it? So get to a psyciatrist either way. That being said, the odd person (I’ve met exactly one) can get stabilized and stay that way even without the aid of medication. I would just like to point out not everybody is able to comprehend the complexity of bipolar disorder (and that’s before any lapses in judgment come into play). Key to any therapy is finding a qualified therapist experienced in the desired type of therapy. I take sleepers and still at times find it hard to sleep. Last year I stopped the medicine and although I don’t get as extreme I still have debilitating anxiety and mood swings but not quite like before. Has anyone else out there noticed any difference in the efficasy of lithium from different manufacturers? I’ve witnessed her suffer from this my whole life as well as domestic violence in past. My point is that for me, the psychotropic medications for anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, mood stability and sleep issues were not as effective as the other Wellness Tools that I have utilized. I’m looking to share an alternative with people who are seeking it. And just because SOME make diagnostic errors, it doesn’t mean all therapists/pdocs are bad. Bipolar disorder is a serious mood disorder and mental illness that causes periods of depression and mania. I also have been married to a supportive husband for 34 years who has hope for me during the times I could not believe it for myself. May I suggest that is methyfolate works for you , then you are not bipolar. The sooner the better. He maintains it that a lot of “brain chemistry” illnesses of the mind are caused by inflamed/leaky gut. I take meds for HBP and Fibromyalgia which are also life-threating. Back on Lithium and I do not care about bloody reports I am staying on it. Escape the need to please society, and please yourself and the ones you love. Apparently there is a gut/mind link where you condition in the gut would influence your mind/mood. In the meantime what we have are practitioners diagnosing by symptomology and as we know mistakes can be made. system and my plan incorporates using lots of Wellness Tools to achieve the desired results of sleep, mood stability, calmness and overall wellness in ways other than medication. http://www.nospank.net/fyog.htm. Supplements: omega 3 oil, ashwagandha, extra magnesium and zinc Bipolar is so complex and each person diagnosed has a different experience of it. I use mantras that help me recognize the role I play and accept what my responsibilities are as outlined in Dr. Low’s Recovery International program. Janet, I won’t say it’s easy, but it can be done for some people, so I would not discount it. If the shoe fits then wear it Cinderella ?. There are some pretty intense opinions out there regarding the validity of psychiatry and what effective treatment is. The sedation effect from the meds I’m on takes over an hour to an hour and a half of working out to push past. Natural remedies for treating bipolar disorder. Struggling with difficult emotions or manic episodes is hard, but it's even more challenging without the support of a good friend. They didnt scream it at them or anything like but would explain when i wasnt around what was up. I’ve certainly spent some time thinking of my own early manic symptoms. I have addressed childhood trauma in therapy. Stress is a big factor as is anxiety. If I new then what I know now about the withdrawal symptoms I never would of taken it. I need a little bit higher than normal to stay healthy. first of all, let me just make this clear: IT WASNT EASY in action, but IT WAS SIMPLE. How many have read the black box labels on the crap out there. Everyone’s laundry list of how bipolar presents is slightly different but you are still just “bipolar”. I have never spoken of this publicly. Anyways I realized that whether this was all delusional or real, I was starting to see how powerful my mind was, and how thoughts literally create your reality. People used to think corporal punishments, whippings, near-drownings could control people. I ate all organic and took a ton of suppliments. And one should not forget that lifestyle changes can effectively help stabilize mood in bipolar disorder. Keep the flow of information open. I hope you’re just having a bad day and are normally a person with an open heart and mind. I use 3 hour program – 1 hour exercising, 1 hour eating, 1 hour sleeping – this enxances anabolic metabolism very effective. But I have only alternated between mild depression (which passes within a couple of weeks and is usually just lethargy and lack of enthusiasm nowadays) and hypomania (which I don’t mind, because it makes me more producive). I think doctors should tell you about these symptoms if you stop taking seroquel XR or seroquel. I take cheap lithium because it works. To go into a dssociative trance, and walk around petrieified and with fear that somebody will criticise me or I will lose my job because of my outward appearance. I did go a little lower and went into a panic a couple of years ago. I Am becoming drug tolerant after all these years and refuse to take any more or up my dosage. I took it for 10 years until my insurance no longer covers it. Whoops…that should properly read “hardship” even though my heart is in the right place. Going without medication is not easy. My anxiety levels and depression levels are beyond belief.. The reason why I asked is that most “dysfunctions” begin around that age depending on how the child responds to their parents. chances are, if you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, bpd, and possibly even schizophrenia, you have a history of one or all of these ailments/behaviors: 1. alcohol and/or drug use: prescription or street, frequent use of antibiotics is HUGE. For the 583,485 time. Suicide Hotlines Can Save Lives, You Create Your Own Reality? I don’t know what to do. I am resistant to them now and will deal with the consequences. Have been over medicated for years. this is what we do. You may argue that I’m depressed; and that it’s not the medication doing this. I’m not as extremely into as i was starting out because a lot of negativity has entered that place for me so i only focus on my friends i got through that and keep to myself and just enjoy. The drug companies are trying hard all the time to find new meds for treatment-resistant people. I was able to quit smoking cigarettes off my meds, hold my job, maintain a 3.8 GPA in college, and get a drivers license. I’ve been off and on meds for years. Please could you offer some advice as to how you managed your illness? I talk to her about all decisions except the most trivial, as a good habit in case I’m slipping hypomanic without noticing – but I notice more often than not. Like what steps should I take to start this process with my own doctor and counsellor? Not being told the truth by Doctors was the worse than coming of the drugs! Might be interesting to give it a try when I retire soon. 647 887 9824. I was hospitalized four times during those years with suicide attempts, depression, psychotic mania and ultra rapid cycling. This is a fascinating blog. Please answer to my email of possible.. hoardel@post.cz ….I am by chance here. i had already tried so many things. Julie Cochrane … with regard to litium I have 2 friends who had to have kidney surgery after being on lithium for over 1 dozen years. nothing is more important. If you don’t believe in God, accept the goodness of the world as divine and try to be one with that. Stable and Happy. begin meditating NOW. I was misdiagnosed with ADD and ADHD when i was a kid and all the meds would was make me a zombie. Flower essence? That’s true. “I went off my medication 2 months ago and I feel great!” Are you kidding me? Wishing you well. Only I would not to suggest any spiritual practice, even meditation. It is no easy task, and tapering off meds should be very gradual under a doctor’s care. The depressive phase produces feelings of extreme despair, hopelessness, and can even provoke thoughts of suicide. Now I see that there are things that I can do to be empowered and respond in a more healthy way. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but treatment enables people to manage it. So the meds affect the brain and the mind. To my credit, I embraced the help when I finally, at the age of 53, realized that I had severe and persistent mental illness. I had to reinstate . This caused her to gain lots of weight but was slowing helping her mood swings and stability, It has really been a life saver!, We eventually weened her down with the close watch of her dr.’s and she is on a very lose dose and lost most all the weight, she feels good and is good!, no manic episodes, no other medication in combination. This may be caused by too elevated serotonin in the brain :). I would very much like to include you as part of my research if you are interested. Bipolar Disorder: Bipolar Disorder is the brain disorders or it can be considered as mental illness associated to … I’d say my top things are avoiding sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Quit drinking or using recreational drugs. MIND OVER MATTER. It doesn’t happen overnight and I will never go back on seroquel again because of this. She went to er was admitted treated for 17 days and symptoms were the same if not worse before she was admitted. It just takes a lot of discipline to retrain your brain. I would hallucinate, become extremely paranoid, and become delusional. These types of issues require a whatever it takes attitude. My lows were (before ex) were being just lethargic, not really wanting to do anything or leave my room at all and yes i sometimes got angry and lashed out verbally. Should I be concerned about the amount I take? I beleive I am over the bitterness that I have as to what I allowed myself to do but what can one do when your whole life is falling apart… I am a vegetarian for 20 tears and eat nutrient dense foods, I meditate. I hope you find all the help you need in order to channel your anger in healthy ways; attacking others is not the answer. Ted – as a licensed mental health professional I can assure you that no reputable doctor or therapist would ever diagnose a 1 yr old with a mental illness. I wish it did. No one’s denying you that right. My point is that for me, the psychotropic medications for anxiety, hallucinations, psychosis, mood stability and sleep issues were not as effective as the other Wellness Tools that I have utilized. you should get your calcium tested every 6 months. My newest therapist, having only met her once so far cause she is that new (my last one moved out of area)… in the first 30 minutes of our 55 minute session insisted that I be medicated. Not to mention a double blind placebo controlled study completed and awaiting publishing, with four others to be released in the coming months. Hi I read your post about Lithium Oratate.. I have complex PTSD brought on by years of physical violence and worse starting at a very early age. After I finish this comment I will look on Amazon for your book. I can’t be certain, but many times arthritis that comes with psoriasis is related to autoimmunity. but i forgot to drive home my most important message. I’m trying to find a psychiatrist that can give me a second opinion, but all the ones I’ve called are busy. Eliminating high effective carbs from diet is the must, but it would rise your cortisol – making you stressed. The pdoc actually said it would be narcotics? Of course, if the patient brings harm to himself or someone else, it’s “because he went off his meds.” Well, yes. What I didn’t realize is that for ten years I was in constant mania with occasional suicidal tendencies and attemps. I still have suicidal tendencies, but nowhere near to the extreme without. It’s almost impossible, so meds seems always the right choice. I’m 27 years old and live at home. But because they are able to switch to a different alter, that is no way in shape depressed, feels depressed, or looks depressed, tells me that depression and mania are not “biological” inherently something wrong with the brain. I can say six months off my meds, no manic episodes, depressive episodes, and doing things I’ve never been able to do has made me a much happier person. Here are some steps to take: 1. I also have a very rapid form of bipolar and did have moodswings throughout the day, I am now on 600mg pm of seroquel and 700mg of sodium valproate morning and again at night. I tried for 10 years to deal with my mania without meds, I failed. I want to get on a good vitamin routine, vitamins the help the brain so to speak. I am a “keep things as close to natural as possible” kinda gal. We were not sure at first what was going on, but the manic episode were obvious and bad:( she would cycle almost every month, and the medication she was put on resperdial mixed with anxiety meds only gave to horrible side effects, so bad she almost always ended up in the Hospital:( Thankful she did graduate college but poor thing was heavily medicated. These places are overly crowded and the one she is at currently is same with a roommate. He has done things to cause his family to abandon him. I have two weeks of meds left and it is doubtful I’ll be able to resolve everything in that time to secure a new line of medication. I eventually took myself off and learned to live and respond to the world around me without the comatose of psychotropics. DEAR MISS TRACEY.I READ YOUR RECENT STORY WITH MUCH ANTICIPATION TO THE DEGREE OF NOT TAKING OR TO BE MORE EXACT NOT HAVING THE DOCTORS THEIR WAY WITH THEIR PATIENTS..I NEVER RESEARCHED THIS QUESTION ON LACK OF MEDICATION BUT IT DOES BRING SOME CLOSURE TO ME THAT I WILL SHARE WITH MY PSYCHIATRIST AND OTHERS WHO WILL LISTEN.OF COURSE NO MENTION OF NAMES..I WILL JUST JOT DOWN WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT AND RELAY THIS TO MY PSYCH AND SEE HOW SHE REACTS..I WILL NLET YOU KNOW THE ENDING ..NATASHA I JUST THINK NBEING ON THE MEDS HAVE CAUSED ME TOO MUCH DAMAGE ALREADY BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY.I DO ACCEPT YOUR RESEARCH ON SAID SUBJECT BUT NATASHA IT PROBABLT IS TOO LATE AT LEAST FOR ME..ONCE AGAIN DEAR NATASHA KEEP ON KEEPING AND WRITE ON…YOUR FAN AND FAITHFUL FRIEND..PAUL J Since doing this work, my symptoms have improved no end. But I do know when I’m getting a bit over the top with my spiritual ideas then I’m having mania coming on. Actually you should somehow reduce your catabolic metabolism and focus on anabolic metabolism. Why Do People with Mental Illness Stop Taking Medication? I’m 48 and this is my third attempt at completing a degree (this will be familiar to those with bipolar who are experts at starting but not completing projects :-) ) Would you be interested taking part? Diet: completely avoid GMOs and gluten, no caffeine, no fast food, very little junk/processed foods, no meat except salmon, organic fruits and veggies, adequate protein and healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocados, organic/grass-fed butter) However, it is hard for anyone to cope with the bipolar disorder and for their family to live with it. I think it’s ok to take meds to become stabilized, but once stabilization has been achieved, I encourage people to start exploring the root causes so they can very slowly start weaning themselves off the meds and adopt a truly healthy lifestyle. first of all, before you get reactionary, please understand ive been through the ringer. As with any form of judgement/labelling, a therapist’s may unwittingly bring their own values, beliefs, cultural influences into the picture – to the detriment of those that come into their care. T hat’s just for two bipolar disorder medications and one psychiatric meds … They usually do not seek help until everyday life becomes too hard to manage. This really works wonders, because you’ll realize you really are in control of this illness, so don’t think you are sick, because your thoughts will take over and you’ll believe there is something wrong with you. Like I’m writing this :). However, to fight off certain things from my abuser, I developed an alter that was an animal, that turned into a monster around people that would abuse me. Also I definitely seem to have seasonal mood swings. I will not take one more drug seeing the physical toll it has taken on my body. That is a whole lot better than taking some pill which may not have horrendous side effects. Of course there are side effects and i have had my share of those especially with lithium which caused psoriasis all over my body and even temporary paralysis of my hips and leg bones. other things taken frequently might be hurting you more than you know. I never thought of it as a way to manage my episodes until my mom one day told me she noticed that since i got into Korean things i calmed down with everything my highs and lows, i stopped lashing out by like a LOT, i stayed out of my room more with her and my stepdad and i talked with them more. For example, think back to a time when you were on a holiday that you enjoyed, recall the memory, picture it in your mind, and you feel the emotion you felt at the time come through you and become very real for a moment – what we think directly effects how we feel – our thoughts are the lens to how we view our world. Hi Natasha, Never experienced anything like it before on this blog, but it is now infected this blog and should be a reminder to all of us that STIGMA is everywhere. And I was very distressed with the conversation with that person attacking you as crazy, etc. I was actually the epitome of bipolar with psychotic symptoms after my diagnosis, accompanied by psych drugs, for 10 years, Sherlock ;) and your lack of compassion and out right disrepect for survivors of trauma is pathetic. I also had a great diabetes doctor who got me on the right medications for my diabetes. Each thing I have done has led to something worthwhile – eventually. Try to stay on a schedule. I would not recommend that anyone try to manage bipolar disorder without medication, except perhaps under a doctor’s very close care during pregnancy. I especially liked the things you listed as how to deal with rapid cycling and haveing manic and depression at the same time. It is hard living in a surreal world everything is a lie. I would hope my body can repair itself but for not I know the truth. Fortunately, I have had access to incredible free treatment including DBT, CBT, art therapy, excellent psychiatrists and dedicated clinicians…and a wonderful psychosocial rehab club where I have learned so much. You can indeed learn to live with it. Within 2 years I had months of depression and then wrecked a house, got sectioned, and lived on the streets. But i just got worse and worse. He went into the area of Judea on the other side of the Jordan River. The link to the website is: http://chn.ge/15weJ7t. When dopamine level drops – cortisol – stress level rises. I am currently off and have been for nearly 4 years. I… empathize with you, if you understand what I’m saying. I am happy and calm. If you have tried it, and care to comment, I’d love to know what you think! (And FYI, I think it’s actually 12 hours of darkness.). Guess what? “Take Your Meds” articles are popular all over the Internet because the people in control of the media allow them to be, and reward authors with “top twenty” spots on their websites and shows, in order to further convince readers that, yes, “Take Your Meds” is a good strategy- after all, all the “top twenty” experts say it is. Most the time for those i can remember ‘Ah i had surgery when i was in 8th grade and i dropped out at 16’ and just do the math for things like that. http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/the-role-of-amino-acids-in-bipolar-disorder-and-mental-health/, A couple of books: I think mood and anxiety go hand in hand. Id take meds over going cold turkey anyday. My son is bipolar manic. Cost for that is the extremely healthy lifestyle and active social life as leader. Kindle Store Hello, Sign in. I think there might have been some confusion yesterday when I replied to a comment posted by “Michael” on yesterday’s post “I can’t accept my bipolar”. I WILL EITHER KEEP THIS ARTICLE IN MY MAIL BOX OR GET TO A PRINTER..THE PRINTER IS MORE LIKELY…PAUL J, can i ask what damage your talking about. I need my energy for me. cancer, for example, has been CURED in the lives of THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS by way of nutrition. Regardless of therapy, there is NO way someone with bipolar disorder should go without the regular care of a pdoc. I have bipolar 1 or it may be 2 or 3 or 4. We all have bad days Michael. I’m not sure why you would say that but I don’t agree. Good luck, Appreciate you providing a forum to help educate people and share information. Bipolar Disorder Why I Am Against Bipolar Meds The extremes both for and against meds give new meaning to the word Bipolar. How dare society not want that for them? I suffered the Drug effects till I knew I had enough. I’m on the final year of a degree course studying humanistic integrative counselling and want to write my dissertation on people who are med free with bipolar disorder. I’m 48 and this is my third attempt at completing a degree (this will be familiar to those with bipolar who are experts at starting but not completing projects :-) ) Would you be interested taking part? Previously, I felt a victim of my emotions and reactions to situations. So always be aware of what you thinking consciously and what you are feeding your subconscious, and gradually you’ll see results. Anxiety is racing thoughts, either negative or positive, or even mixed. Cortisol feels bad, anxious and fearfull. I hope you have not given up on your husband. I keep a daily mood journal and meet with my therapist and doctor once a month. Hi Eugenia don’t give up there is help out there you just have to stay strong. I write a three-time Web Health Award winning column for HealthyPlace called Breaking Bipolar. Or is everyone off in Lala Land where we should consider having major problems as “normal” because isn’t that warm and fuzzy? Will your book help him. What i did that was very important on diet was almost totally eliminate sugar and potatoes as test showed i was intolerant to them. I fully agree with you that a mood stabilizer (in bipolar disorder) is first needed, such as Lithium, and a different pattern of episode free stability be maintained for a significant time period. That can easily be marketing people.”, Natasha, have you read Robert Whitaker’s “Mad in America”? In the Revitalizating process, people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support system, and they resume or begin routines that support health and wellness which reinforces the person’s sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing the healing process. 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