It even LOOKS manic. I believe the mechanism for the success of omega-3 is through its ability to allow the body to maintain a higher blood level of calcium. Amazon.com: How to Heal Bipolar Disorder Without Psych Meds eBook: King, Doris: Kindle Store. Be aware of your triggers. I don’t know. I’ve done this for about a year and I’ve noticed my swings seem to be linked to the lunar cycle funnily enough – around the new moon I’ll have a very low energy, recluse state and around the full moon, I’ll be more high energy, sociable and more “manic”. thanks Thank you so much for sharing your experience. This is a backward planet, and it is being forced to evolve by nature herself. Cortisol feels bad, anxious and fearfull. News Flash!!!! Pregnancy runs your hormones all over the place and is inherently destabilizing, but dark therapy is the ONLY non-drug therapy that I know of that has any documented chance of reducing the frequency of manic episodes. i’ve been on it for 13 years. I often wonder, when I have a therapist that insists I must be “fully” medicated.). I am on NAC and it seems to help. I wouldn’t say there is a conspiracy to prevent alternative treatments; I would say there is no money in it. try this one: “the grass IS greener on the other side”. Yes , ther is disagreement sometimes but not at his level if I can recall. Yet, I also know that I’ve been most stressed by external environmental factors, life factors that overwhelmed me. http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Depression-Bipolar-Disorder-Without/dp/080271496X But here I am now again back in the depression side of things and its been really affecting my life, I quit my job by just not showing up for about 2 weeks , telling my friends and family I was working when really I was sitting at home researching why and how I can help myself. you have to want it. Both diets works fine, importance here is to avoid fast & high energy foods, especially everything with sugar. He has done things to cause his family to abandon him. I only recommend doing so if you are working with your doctors and in therapy though. The bipolar mind runs faster than a normal person, it’s caused by anxiety, as bipolar people we think a lot and we live in our own world more than most. I am interested in asking people for their views and opinions. My father and brother have each gone off meds thinking they were cured and my dad got arrested and my brother hospitalized. Can you treat bipolar without meds? 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’ve also been diagnosed with other mental illnesses/disorders, by another several MH pros. 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….. Now I don’t even feel those feelings of wanting to stay awake for many hours or other excessive behaviors. You can’t sleep terrible nightmares cold sweats Before omega-3 supplements any extra calcium I ate showed up as extra urine sediment. I forget which bipolar disorder # rapid cycling us, #4, If I remember correctly. Really fascinating book about psychiatry and it’s history, and how the meds have been developed and marketed. He also goes back and forth with that as well. I have been trying to decide for years weather or not to get diagnosed with bipolar or something like it. Has anyone else out there noticed any difference in the efficasy of lithium from different manufacturers? hi, 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. I try everything possible but I refuse to even take an Advil now. I know it is unfair, but you just have to have a strict lifestyle and avoid stress. It’s like taking your car into a mechanic and telling him that engine is broken but they fix the radio and give you your car back. Only I would not to suggest any spiritual practice, even meditation. I know meds are so important for most and I wished and still wish sometimes that something would have helped me. I wonder if you would consider a 1 year old possibly mentally ill? Lost all my extended family and social network and supposed frriends. Bipolar Disorder is a brain malfunction that causes symptoms ranging from unusual mood shifts to debilitating depression.A person who suffers from bipolar disorder experiences feelings of extreme euphoria, excessive energy, recklessness, and impulsivity in the manic phase of the disorder.The depressive phase produces feelings of extreme despair, hopelessness, and can even provoke thoughts … I have addressed childhood trauma in therapy. I’ve tried to talk with my psychiatrist about the fact that I feel I’m being overmedicated, and he disagrees… :( I’m on over a gram of one medication, and 500 milligrams of the other. I have the micronutrients and take them on occasion — they seem to assist also. Hi Helen, I have used this product successfully for many years. Also, children and adolescents that display ADHD are at a high risk of becoming bipolar as adults. Stop shoving this propaganda down peoples throats that they have to be on meds. I had the cluster of symptoms the professionals label Bipolar Disorder. your kids, your husband or wife, your parents, your friends. thanks to my therapist. If your teen has bipolar disorder, there are a variety of means of treatment available. Anyway, keep doing what you’re doing Natasha… It’s helping. They can make money selling “bipolar meds” to people with this “disorder.”. (personal opinion) …and it ain’t no fun either! But it is much more complicated than that. http://www.vnstherapy-herb.blogspot.com But it is so hard for two month with increased anxiety and insomnia. Moderator: Please don’t mention treatment specifics. It was after all an antidepressant that triggered the severe Bipolar manic episode (with psychosis.) I also think each person will be a bit different in their approach of what works. I’m diagnosed BP2, and was already on my current medication (mirtazapine) when that diagnosis was made; my previous diagnosis was of some form of unipolar depression (they varied what they called it, but there was generally a pattern of remission and relapse). May I request your email to give it to her, so you may manage to help her with WRAP? T hat’s just for two bipolar disorder medications and one psychiatric meds … and since were on the subject of your brain: it is an AMAZING organ. Do Not Do do-it-yourself supplementation with lithium salts. It’s hard, it’s extremely difficult, but it’s worth it when you can go against the odds and not take medications, and deal with it on your own. You should get him in front of a therapist that works closely with a doctor and find something that works for him. Also withdrawal from a medication may cause imbalance of neurochemicals. My son has been in remission for 2 months now. On his days off he gets very moody and depressed. 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. ... Bipolar Disorder withoit meds 1. bipolar disorder care 1. bipolar disorder … I respect & admire your efforts. Is 12 years long enough for you? Cerene, calling people ignorant and foolish because they have found alternative treatments to help their bipolar symptoms is hateful and does everyone a disservice, including yourself. I have tried to manage my bipolar without meds. I don’t believe that it’s possible to quit on Seroquel just cold turkey. we are what we eat, but also the data we allow in! Ha! Focusing so thoroughly on problems, our brain hopes to trip on a solution. I didnt decide to get a diagnosis of Bi-polar and being bi-polar nowadays seems to be a fad. It is way less time consuming than regular talk therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy, I’m told. I’ve watched too many people suffer from medications, becoming suicidal or homicidal when they go off of them (and going off of them is inevitable, so WHY are those types of meds permitted?). It works better than meds ever did at keeping me stable, and without side effects. People want a quick fix for their sadness and pain and the people on top of soceity who are causing our sadness and pain want that for us, too, so we don’t realise that there is something wrong going on. It’s just frustrating to be one of the few who cannot tolerate the meds… and what is very low for many, can be really too high for a few… to then be accused of medication non-compliance… just is too much. I was told last week that I am also diabetic which is on a black box warning and have to deal with that , so I am basically screwed. Education is so important and so are the meds. Change the television. The stigma against meds isn’t helping us that have to take them. Or is everyone off in Lala Land where we should consider having major problems as “normal” because isn’t that warm and fuzzy? Testimonials are not indicative of anything other than that a random, anonymous online profile has something to say. A neurologist told me it is called an essential tremor and came from taking the medication. Since that day nearly 8 years ago I have been on a lot of different drugs and it seems they need reviewing every 7 months or so. As always, I wish you all wellness and all the good you’d wish for yourselves. Knowing th ere is something wrong is a big step. I read your post and went wow.. Avoid anti depressant herbs. It’s not safe to do on your own. Do you have any suggestions how to make this any easier? Even if this medication is just food supplement. I’m thinking theres much to do with respect to diet, but have a similar line of thought as yourself…congratulations on your progress. I have a girlfriend who can be quite intense at times and when im feeling low like this it really doesn’t help , I just recently talked to her about it and she understands but cant really help me get better. Keep up the great “work”. If the person refuses to treat their bipolar disorder, listen and observe to try and understand why they refuse. I have suffered from BP2 for 50 years before I got DXd and RXd. She felt certain that DBT would assist me and well, that’s what method of treatment she’d render to me since I didn’t want to be fully medicated… she informed me quite professionally. Although this comment is off-topic I would appreciate if you would allow me to post this petition request to your forum. I was advised to take another mood stabaliser in 2001, because my P. doc had read a report about it make arthritis, which I also have worse. 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. Sad thing most people do not realize this because there brain is so sick and you are not clear headed. So I went and my Psychiatrist wants to be the one to write them. Stop looking for biological or genetic causes and you might figure out how they are behind your unhappiness. Try to develop a routine or schedule that includes going to bed and getting up at the same time every day. Bipolar therapy may be short-term or ongoing, but either way it allows for the treatment of bipolar disorder without medication. Can be quite an eye opener. I really do wish he recognizes that he is currently having a problem with expressing himself in a mature manner and gets all the help he needs to resolve this issue. Don’t eat processed food. Hi I was reading another blog about antipsychotics but it wouldn’t let me add a comment I think it was because it was to told, anyway. I am a “keep things as close to natural as possible” kinda gal. To onlookers, these protective mechanisms may look very odd, even “crazy”. No one’s denying you that right. Then too there are those who have been unresponsive to any of the aforementioned approaches who have succeeded with some of the newer neuro-modulation therapies. So any claim such as “I didn’t do this” (no-cebo effect) for 3 days and now I’m bipolar free mean little to nothing. Herb I write a three-time Web Health Award winning column for HealthyPlace called Breaking Bipolar. Incidentally, lithium also lowers urine calcium (increases blood calcium) and omega-3 is also being used to treat kidney stones (indicates high urine calcium). Misinformation is rampant. I haven’t had one depressive or manic episode. Charles: “I used to be all messed up on drugs, now I’m all messed up on the Lord.” – that’s from Cheech & Chong’s album ‘Big Bambu,’ which is HILARIOUS! May I suggest that you look in the mirror and ask yourself the question, Am I crazy because I keep attacking.. What is your motive for doing this? Meds mask the problem, they do not solve it. I often share them on my social networks. Its taken a huge toll on our relationship and we are moving into our own places in the next month because I feel I need to get better on my own, which is now starting too sound a bit scary. I lost health insurance for several months and could not afford to take medication. I now also have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis and have GORD and a stomach complaint which is going to be looked into soon. Just some food for thought. I contemplated suicide, but was always rational enough to not want to hurt my family, so I used to just sleep the depression off. No wonder “bipolar” is a lifetime illness. Also keep a mood diary on a calendar, and mark those days when you were manic, or felt extremely low.. and sometimes you’ll even notice a pattern. I don't personally feel that giving up on medication is the best route in terms of controlling bipolar disorder. begin meditating NOW. I am just a person who is managing their life satisfactorily like anyone else. I have not taken them since 2003 and have been able to use many other Wellness Tools instead. Read these, it may help a lot of bipolars with the emotional aspect of their situation: http://core.eqi.org/depress1.htm 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). If you are interested I may help you with some basic ideas how to start. He has busted up our car and house and is easily aggetated at times. It was in 09 after i got better from the relationship and baby stuff (all the worst happened in Jan of 09) that i found something that got me out of my lows and stabilized my highs(when i was alone, i hadnt joined my community college yet til 2010 and actually reconnected with old friends) i discovered Kpop (i know whaaaat) and then discovered dramas and other shows and even helped the subbing process. I think the key thing for natural treatment is to realize bipolar is an anxiety disorder, which has triggers which can bring on mood swings. I have built a life that keeps me stable most of the time. It saddens me that medicating away my symptoms comes at the cost of my quality of life. How to drop them both? Seriously guys. 3: ive tried EVERYTHING and besides would never risk getting off meds for the fear id hurt myself or someone else. I think psychological therapies (‘talking treatments’) are good in general, but like unipolar depression they actually have better effect, more quickly, if you aren’t medicated (AIUI, anyway). frequent exercise, an otherwise ultra-clean diet, quitting alcohol, ayahuasca, therapy, quitting horror/drama/suspense viewing… and they all helped in small ways, but i knew that those two things were still in the shadows…being used and abused every day. I was killed 12 times by my parents around one years old, but somehow I made it out alive, without backing down. We need more vitamins and BRAIN food than normal people. I’m glad problems are always outside of you. Regular dr, Psychiatrist and pain management clinic. She has currently gotten a restraining order for the latest thing. there are lots of healing properties of cannabis, but if you are addicted to ANYTHING it will make your temper short and judgment skewed. Atis, please send me details to your ides: ” Cost for that is the extremely healthy lifestyle and active social life as leader. It seems like Chris is lashing out. For me, I wasn't actually diagnosed with bipolar until I was 31 yrs. May I suggest that is methyfolate works for you , then you are not bipolar. The emPowering process helps people better understand how to feel empowered themselves as well as to assist others to feel more hopeful and engaged in life. Do they treat mental disorders with it or not? I said that I don’t believe in it and I think people needlessly throw their money away on it. I am interested in asking people for their views and opinions. In other words, I suspect you are here to market. 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. but i forgot to drive home my most important message. bi-polar. the last two things, for me, that seemed impossible to eradicate at first and came with tremendous emotional withdrawal were: HONEY & SUGAR(adding honey to every cup of coffee and tea & organic gluten-free baked goods were my go-to obsession…not even every day, but often), and MARIJUANA. I never had psoriasis before then. If you are a benzo like xanax and especially Klonopin for a long time you better not stop cold turkey.. Klonopin is pure evil in a pill. Do they want people to take their vitamin supplement or not? Likewise, you will find some therapists/pdocs to be more intuitive, objective, compassionate and better trained than others. As for the link, I don’t see much convincing there, although I, obviously, didn’t look through them all and I did a search for “placebo” and didn’t find the double-blind, placebo-controlled study you speak of, so perhaps you could link to it. I often find myself staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning working on the computer. I decided to add dark therapy to the list. I stopped taking my lithium about 6 months ago, and have hospitalized myself twice (Over 5 years ago, although my triggers would trigger anyone to be depressed) I stopped taking it because I currently suffer from liver disease caused by Ritalin due to fraudulent medicine and have no desire to put any form of medication in my body unless it is organic and comes the Earth. Supposedly, the DSM exists to eliminate the problem of subjectivity, but it is difficult to account for every single human error from the onset. 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. My previous Dr. required therapy which is a great ides. And for every person like me that tells you it’s appreciated, there are 500 that aren’t able to. I’m also interested in the support people receive if they have chosen to go med free. I especially liked the things you listed as how to deal with rapid cycling and haveing manic and depression at the same time. What a wonderful blog. If not, ask if they can refer your to someone. I’d rather die than take medication that does nothing but give me so many side affects that I want to kill myself more than ever. I am at present also taking Citalopram the anti-d. I always took on only casual work to allow me he flexibility to stay home if the depression came on again. Nearly all psychiatrists have abandoned the notion of “chemical imbalance”, but they will often say that to patients so that the patient will have an understanding of why they are taking the meds. Socially: have a very supportive, loving relationship with my partner and avoid negative/draining people 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 use helpful quotes to remind me of what matters and what is true. He is judged and called lazy. no cravings are worth filling as much as ridding yourself of the roller coaster. The next thing to work with is the social relations. They don’t make me feel better at all, period. My bipolar is relatively mild so I think these things will work for me. I’m looking to share an alternative with people who are seeking it. So I went to a different doctor, and asked for a referral to a psychologist. I don’t even know if bipolar is necessarily a mental illness. I’m also getting vitamin D3 with the calcium supplement I’m taking. True, it has only been a year, but for someone who was never stable over the course of 20+ years, this is something of a miracle. You may want to check out heavy metal toxicity (e.g. Can you please tell me how you started on your program? We all have our own our journey to travel. How is objectivity monitored? Writing instead.of hitting people.or walls. At first try get off of meds it was 7 days totally awake when I came back to drugs. I find lifestyle changes tend to be individual specific but ones that we know have a positive effect in bipolar disorder include: I suspect that some of these have their place, alongside medication, as useful treatments, but standalone, I highly doubt you’ll see nearly enough effect to truly keep bipolar disorder at bay. I’m now on a low dose of 3 different types of newer medications and I don’t have such an adverse reaction physically or spiritually any longer. I would just like to point out the 800 lbs gorilla in the room. It sucks to have this disorder, but it doubly sucks to not be responsive to medication. I would hope my body can repair itself but for not I know the truth. Ive been to Childrens hospitals, Children centers and all types of places for help and we are still suffering. According to their system and their liability, and due to the fact that 99% of doctors who practice in the field of psychiatiry treat with medications, they are required in the U.S. to prescribe medication if you go in there and you agree with them that you have a disorder, and you agree to take the medication as they prescribe. I have learnt a lot about myself since being diagnosed. Your therapist will educate you about all aspects of your disease. 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