Someone commented in another post recommending avoidance of situations that exacerbates manic episodes, but from my experience, once manic symptoms intensify, the ability to make sound judgement is greatly impaired. Moderator: Please don’t mention treatment specifics. Yet, I also know that I’ve been most stressed by external environmental factors, life factors that overwhelmed me. So let me answer the question: Can you treat bipolar disorder without medication? Emotional CPR (eCPR) is an educational program designed to teach people to assist others through an emotional crisis by three simple steps: C = Connecting I ate all organic and took a ton of suppliments. So at least last I checked the brain is attached to body and LOGIC yes PURE LOGIC would tell us if something exists then something could possibly go wrong with it… And this goes all around… don’t listen to idiots who have absolutely no comprehension of what your actual situation is. He has done things to cause his family to abandon him. Not because I was non compliant but because after 20 years of meds, we never found one that helped and many caused me harm. The hypothesis holds that the absence of the microdoses is one of the factors for some people in triggering the disease. I have titrated from a “Cocktail” down to 2. 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. I do want to add that prescription-only LOVASA, concentrated fish oil esters, is unsurpassed, for me, in controlling mania. http://themindunleashed.org/2014/08/shaman-sees-mental-hospital.html Are they critical? Eat loads of fruit and veg, drink lots of water, don’t sugar OD, don’t caffeine OD. All I know is that I was going down real bad 16 years ago , I knew nothing about those toxic little pills and they were sold to me as if all would be fine. I was fed medications and left to my own devices. I had mania, I had depression. i dont want to repeat the triggers and natural healing info. You could also take a look at your life and try to determine if there are things/people who are holding your moods hostage. 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). The intense demands and resulting stress from my current position requires meds though. Be aware of your triggers. There is no cure for bipolar disorder, but treatment enables people to manage it. I’m still on disability. I wish you and her peace. It is especially awful because the people who come to see him are in a such a vulnerable place. I have been vegetarian for 20 years and live a clean life but I still cycle every day. Meds can make you nauseous, but hey, it’s OK because “other people” are bothered by your feelings and you’re only mentally ill so your feelings don’t count, only those of people who are soooo bothered by your anger at life. If that’s a good idea, then maybe we should let anyone that ever watched the Discovery Channel do open heart surgery. If you are interested I may help you with some basic ideas how to start. I use the Wellness Recovery Action Plan W.R.A.P. I had the cluster of symptoms the professionals label Bipolar Disorder. I am going to give up what I can to be able to get back on it. But it’s not working. I wasn’t aware that 2 people could have the same username. For the past half-century I’ve read numerous commentaries about treatment regimens with much interest knowing how difficult it is to treat these illnesses. It can be hard to listen without offering advice, but sometimes being heard is more important than fixing the problem. Lamotrigine has also been a bit of a wonder-drug for me in lightening depressive episodes considerably. I am 60 and All I can say is that it doesnt get better for me and it took ther dope dealers with suits and doctor degrees to come up with the label of bipolar 2….. Avoid caffeine and other stimulants. http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Depression-Bipolar-Disorder-Without/dp/080271496X Anyway, I was instantly attacked, I believe by the person you are referring to. Staying awake late is dangerous. I was,for several years, but had to come off of them when i became pregnant unexpectedly last year.I also didn't like the fact that they made my speech sound slurred and people would think i was drunk when i wasn't which was very embarrassing. That means you can’t even have light in the middle of the night in the bathroom or the fridge–a single flash of light in your dark period can raise your risk of a manic episode in the next six months. In therapy we use EFT and EMDR as well as talk therapy and trauma work. Thank you all for any help or information you can give a lonely heartbroken wife who really doesnt want a divorce. Please talk to your Doctor and let them know you need medication that is affordable. He is judged and called lazy. I ate a little better and lost 20 lbs having less hunger than when I was taking antidepressants. I was stuck with my drugs though they made me sick suicidal. I don’t have a lot to say other than that I don’t identify with this disorder any more than having a very healthy respect for my limitations that require that I live the simplest of all possible lifestyles and work at being grateful to still be among the living after surviving the ravages of this disease for decades. In search of a wee bit of advice from fellow journeyers. It produces major shifts in mood and energy. Guess what? The brain and the mind are confronted with something, and the person reacts according to their experience and the experience they have, and the brain forms these things such as depression into the mind and people, many people, display these things, otherwise, there would be no psychiatric profession. for you, it may not be those two things. I am a raging bipolar I lost my marriage because I couldn’t.control myself and my meds I have been of my meds for almost two years I have learn to change my life.style eating habits and now I rage through my.drawings or my. Not even counting to the fact i would be an extreme high risk for postpartum and i was not in a good place and im just realizing all this recently that i might have done something i could never take back. As you have described, it can be incredibly difficult to get the balance of meds right. Like what steps should I take to start this process with my own doctor and counsellor? Which I had to learn to do its very difficult. Are my drug treatments killing me is my question? Mental stability is the goal for people who struggle with the condition. Stress is a big factor as is anxiety. after that triumph, i was finally ready to heal my gut once and for all. Now, when I have the very early signs of anxiety, I use calming practices effectively. It is a reason i dropped out of highschool). I am just a person who is managing their life satisfactorily like anyone else. With the help of my pharmacist I was able to reduce my dosage of that med. I have found that 5htp at night and St John’s Wort during the day helps me balance my rapid cycling bipolar syndrome. Some people can have very long cycles with long flat lines in the middle. Great. I have been seeing her for four years. Many people who have the condition are often reluctant to admit they are struggling with bipolar warning signs. He has spent time in jail for not paying child support. A Gp exclaimed the other day ‘and your only 39″, I think my arthritis was started off when I was on lithium a while back. Bipolar disorder involves extreme shifts in mood, energy, and levels of activity. The way I feel is more important than cable tv. When I was in the hospital as a result of a seizure my calcium came in at the low end of the normal range. I especially liked the things you listed as how to deal with rapid cycling and haveing manic and depression at the same time. I was sent to see a child psychiatrist when I was about 7 and, although they didn’t diagnose it back then, it was suggested that I had ADHD. You can get equally messed up on Rx drugs, when you are prescribed the wrong ones, or over/under medicate yourself with the right ones. One might binge on a dopamine habit – sweets, alcohol, TV watching to reduce cortisol caused anxiety. And as we know when we are born our barins are basically goo and they are forming as times go by and in so many cases it has been proven that our brains have formed differently. Thanks , Others, whose symptoms get worse after exposure to psych drugs, have every right to seek alternatives to help themselves. A lot of people with bipolar disorder will have their meds changed over the course of the illness. The only thing I have to watch out for now is very high oxalate foods (like almonds and beet leaves) that can block me from absorbing calcium. They definitely make my life easier and smooth out the mood swings, no doubt about that. I just want to say that I have so much respect for you. I can barely handle life on a day to day basis right now. Have you tried the asparagus diet? just remember life if something is easy its usually not worth going for. When we are exposed to this extraordinary situation, we develop amazing and creative ways to protect ourselves. we are what we eat, but also the data we allow in! I left a comment here about six months ago where I mentioned that I think healing from mental illness, including bipolar disorder, is possible. Are you able to point me in the right direction … I would really appreciate it thanks Sue. I see no coincidence that the people who refuse to take meds are the ones most offended by everything. The next time you “calm/come down”, hoping you do, take a gander at your frenetic post. You see I feel he is very intelligent. I take Lithium and for me it works. They are there only because they have estabished a practice where they see patients. My problems are I am an insomniac and I have low self esteem but other than that I lead a very happy and productive life. we are poor and its sad in a lot of societies we cant get the right help. (I read an article addressing this issue in college and found it highly disturbing). She’s on ssi disability so has medicaid and only send her to places that accept it. Knowing th ere is something wrong is a big step. I can only control how I react. While medication that simply treats the mental symptoms alone can sometimes make you feel spiritually dead inside (negating the spirit) like too much lithium did for me and was also ruining my thyroid and kidneys (ruining the physical). I noticed my colleagues and clients that they will receive emails at 3 AM. The never-ending sentence has one holding their breath in hopes of a period(.) Please be careful getting off the stabiliser, I know for myself I have to stay on the valproate. I also think each person will be a bit different in their approach of what works. For the 583,485 time. Regards; Jim Blaha. At the same time by signing the petition you have an opportunity to help those in a serious stressful situation. Because anything that affects and effects the mind or body, causes all the glands and organs and synapses and wiring to react. Thank you. I do have IBS which isn’t under control. I found something i could became passionate about and let me focus and but all my stuff into. However, someone who is philosophically or morally opposed to “drugs” would not be harmed and might be helped by moving to a community with high natural levels of lithium in the drinking water. Cutting off spiritual practises may help. The reason I mention natural springs is because one theory for why there’s been an upsurge in the incidence of bipolar disorder is that the change-over to city and county water systems from local well water has reduced the natural amount of lithium the general population was getting. its a life long mood disorder and canot be cured in my opinion. They are killing me. Theory that bipolar disorder and schizophrenia is linked to spiritual awakening: Thank you for bringing light to shine on the topic of bipolar disorder. Yes it works great for me 400mg but nobody tells you about the real bad withdrawal symptoms you get when you stop taking seroquil. The people higher up in our society (media, med companies, etc) purposely try to mask the nonphysical (social, emotional, childhood, family-caused, school caused, society-caused) reasons people become bipolar so: 1. Since Bipolar is also a medical condition there is no reason not to take the meds. I highly doubt non-gmo, free trade, gluten free, non-dairy, vegan, salmon, raw, cooked in the dishwasher is really a total solution. this is what we do. Somebody with DID could easily switch to an alter that doesn’t have these things, because some alters actually are depressed and display all the symptoms of depression including suicidal thoughts. Have a Crisis Plan These moods alternate between joyful, energetic highs (mania) and sad, weary lows (depression). I have a 31 year old daughter too , and we are struggling with the medications’ side effects Even psychiatrists today say that depression and mania are not the result of “chemical imbalances” in the brain. You just need a little bit of patience and will power to want to get better. Through using eCPR we can better understand and overcome our fear of seemingly unusual behavior brought on by an emotional crisis. well i personally take it as a compliment. 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? I have been off for 4 months and the difference is amazing. Hopefully I can prevent and save someone else from any unnecessary grief and heartship by sharing a little knowledge of my knowledge. The whole idea meds can change your thinking is a ploy to get people to purchase meds (and enrich med companies) in order to mask their emotional symptoms. We all have our own our journey to travel. Please, seek some help for your issues. I got the worst and rarest side effects: the Lamictal rash, the beginnings of tardive dyskinesia diagnosed as dystonia which thankfully went away (for the most part) after a year, Seroquel which somehow rendered me unable to speak, think, and control my body. Some people also enter professions for all the wrong reasons. I have an adult daughter who insists bp is something i can get rid of without meds but i know that wouldnt work for me. thank you for a great response. Therapy will help you recognize signs of relapse and potential triggers to impulsive behavior. I always refused medication because my manic cycles allow me to do incredible things, like solving complex problem in a month while an average PHD student takes 3 years. Supplements: omega 3 oil, ashwagandha, extra magnesium and zinc Actually you should somehow reduce your catabolic metabolism and focus on anabolic metabolism. 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. That’s all it comes down too. He is told he is an addict but he very seldom drinks. Well don’t call that “sane”. Thanks for that Chris. It is interesting to note that even in the wiki of psychosis, there has been a scientific paper published that states that entering into psychosis was done by major religious figures. People respect that you would stand up for yourself and fight, you would fight with the sure notion that the other person would kill you, because I remember knowing that I would be killed, and I attacked my abuser when he came at me one time. If I feel racing negative thoughts coming on, then I’ll take 10 minutes just to remind my self that those thoughts are not me, but my mind just regurgitating random crap – and not focus on them and gradually they’ll go away and I forget I was even thinking about them. I’m seriously not minimizing the distress and dysfunctioning, I’m not. Apparently there is a gut/mind link where you condition in the gut would influence your mind/mood. Below, two bipolar disorder experts share the four keys to successfully managing bipolar disorder, along with overcoming common barriers. No wonder “bipolar” is a lifetime illness. I hope you seek better treatment for your brain disease which causes you to be so dismissive and abusive towards survivors of trauma. Try out herbal remedies, I have found that Daimana, Chamoile, Ginko, St John’s Wort, Brahmi, and Mugwort have had nothing but a positive effect on my life since I started using them in tea form. Like so much else, it varies between people. I had to blackmail my doctor to get the does I have but to keep my mind and with my selfishness I do not care I will do whatever is needed to never go back into the hell of psychosis. It doesn’t alter you as much as it balances your chemistry. I did add “I do not have Borderline Personality.” She grew silent with mouth open… I then said, to ease her “but i do know that DBT is helpful for those with Mood Disorders and is often recommended or suggested, much as CBT and WRAP.”, Granted; I may have limited insight into my own illness but each individual’s limitation of insight is all relative to that individual’s ability to comprehend that which is going on and ability to discern…. Might be interesting to give it a try when I retire soon. I don’t care what people think whern I walk around like an animal and I admit, people are probably afraid of me. Low blood sugar and protein levels ALWAYS leads to irritable and even raging moods. 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