Overstimulation can be stressful and trigger problems, but so can isolation. Don’t work for some. My mother was one of those too. Credit: Too bloody right. I am a senior at UNC Chapel Hill college and I am currently doing a documentary on bipolar disorder. So he said, “Well good, then.”. But this is all just silly. well, Isn’t “you have to take meds for the rest of your life and put up with the side effects” another of those statements? It drives me insane! Here’s to you Natasha! Even worse, people mistake third-hand stories for evidence. Sign me up for that. ” when are you going to kick this thing and be rid of it” ummm dad it doesn’t work that way “oh” he says. Designed by Elegant Themes | Powered by WordPress. It’s not about it being MY disease and MY pain. In no particular order, this involves: (Not to mention all the people who contact me simply to complain about what I write and how I feel. So your average unipolar sleeps too little but a bipolar sleeps too much when depressed. by BillyPilgirm. They might be able to understand your triggers and help you avoid them, or may be able to realize before you do that you’re entering a manic or depressive episode. So if it’s just treating symptoms, why can’t it treat the symptoms we bipolars have? (Except snake-oil salesmen, who will claim they can cure your bipolar disorder with their amazing technique or CD.) Sign me up for that nonsense. I wish that I could just turn it off but even with my meds it still happens. I have a dear friend who believed she could be treated with prayer and fish oil and go completely off psyche meds. This was a very interesting post for me. Apparently they haven’t had as much success there. I have heard about every possible cure or treatment for bipolar disorder; being a public figure, people contact me frequently to tell me what I should be doing to treat my bipolar. How to Treat Bipolar Disorder Naturally. Unfortunately, bipolar disorder tends to … Being “ground down” is a great description. And people occasionally pop by here to tell me I’ve been “misdiagnosed” as well. This, at no point, means you are cured. My personal favourite ‘cure’ from my childhood came repeatedly from my well meaning, but radio shrink listening to mother: “You should just choose to feel better”. Funny thing about me and my drugs, is if I mess with one, it can have the effect of canceling out some of another’s effects. Classic I had the other day wih my dad. I love music as well and if a song catches me (or even if I hate it) I can remember every line every beat, and it will play over and over, god it drives me crazy. (My daughter is doing quite well too, after 10 months of getting the right mix of meds). Getty Images. Unfortunately, as you said, staying compliant is hard and it’s easy to get swayed when you never wanted to be on drugs in the first place. Well, written, and true. It’s been used in schools to help with reading improvement and ADD et al. That was 7 years ago, and I am one of the most sane people I know. I am not one to believe in medications. Ultimately, his outlandish behavior was attributed to a bipolar disorder diagnosis, as stated on his 2018 album, Ye. Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker, advocate and consultant from the Pacific Northwest. My opinion is the people who claim to have been cured of bipolar disorder are dangerous. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. I am letting go and letting God handle things and I’ve never felt better. People are free to regard or disregard it as they choose. In short, if you believe nothing else, believe this: someone who claims to have the answer to bipolar disorder is either greatly mislead or is selling something. Only you (or I) and your doctor know the details that have gone into your diagnosis. but it does not work for anybody. It’s better than any other kind of sex. Neurofeedback is interesting. I know the feeling. Of course you’re not alone. I’m talking about people who don’t think it’s an opinion, they think it is a fact. Even though bipolar disorder can’t be cured, with treatment you can experience relief of your symptoms. Well that’s the sticky question now isn’t it? Yowza. It usually last about two weeks or so. It’s only the most ignorant and careless of people that would recommend getting off of psyche meds without major doctor oversight. I’m a philosopher. Exaggerated Emotional Pain Due to Depression, Emotional Blackmail and Bipolar: What Is It? i wish you so much love and blessings, one and all that are still int he quagmire of medications and Shrinks who have no idea of the greater perception of the world out there…take a look into Stan Grof, Graham Hancock, and google anything about the link between spiritually and mental health – and there will be a wealth of information to lead to empowerment – rather than enslavement to the system of meds – which DO make money out of your illness! Psch docs that really don’t have the time or interest to find out what is really going on in your life leave me cold. Well, 2 months later and it was giving me high blood sugar and had to be taken off of it. I think it’s a an important side to represent, because it would be delightful to be on medication but at the moment there isn’t a medication that is helpful. I'm not saying that my bipolar is 100% cured but I would say it is 90%. "You’re getting your mind off of yourself and focusing it on something else, which can be really therapeutic," Hoepner explains. For me, my experience of so-called "acute psychosis" was more like a spiritual awakening, something for which I am forever grateful. If I was in your position, I’d think the same way… ” and then in your mind you add: “but I’m not.”. Oh, that’s not long-winded. I hadn’t considered that. Ask your doctor about potential side effects and read about the medication to stay informed. Midnight & Samantha. I have it, as many of you posting here do as well. Tried a bunch of others but their side effects were terrible…lithium made me incredibly depressed and suicidal, another one made it so that I couldn’t drive or perform mentally complicated tasks, although I was very pleasant to be around. Maturation, psychotherapy and potential for improvement of bipolar symptoms . The comment on neurofeedback was interesting. I am currently off my medications. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Thank you for your words. (I’m also driven to write for a host of other reasons, but they are off topic at the moment.). If it works for you, than fine, and great for you…. It’s been used for depression but not for bipolar. (I wrote about depression not being a chemical imbalance here: http://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/breakingbipolar/2010/11/depression-isne28099t-a-chemical-imbalance/). But you don’t hear me running around telling people to do that to either fix their sex life or make themselves happy. I hate you BP!! She took the training. Through meditation, I found the misplaced key in my own pocket. Knowing the triggers and red flags that are yours and then working from there to help yourself. Some combinations are known to work that way, other combinations we come across work that way for an individual. They may be what you’re looking for, I don’t know. We only change anything when I agree to it. As toxic as lithium and Depakote are, this is something to look into. I found one medicine which I felt amazing on and it was working. If you are willing to talk more about this with me, my email is : cdicus@live.unc.edu. I was so surprised to read that you have had similiar experiences and I just wanted to thank you for sharing and letting me know I’m not alone with it. Bipolar disorder has no cure, but treatment can manage the symptoms. Many of the medications used to treat bipolar disorder, including lithium and antipsychotics, can trigger metabolic syndrome or weight gain in some patients. It’s like learning a language, if you have no interest in speaking French it doesn’t matter how many conjugations I throw in your direction. Here’s what to remember when you hear claims of bipolar cures. Why Does It Matter? Period. And as you put your life out in writing, they put out theirs, in the advice that gave them hope. Although changing your diet won’t cure bipolar disorder, there is some evidence that certain food choices can help. It seems like a good way to make a person hate a lot of things. The symptoms of anxiety can be hard to detect. Not a phony bone in her body! I’m really not a fan of the “drug companies are keeping us sick” line of thinking. When You Leave Someone with a Mental Illness. I have had an extremely stressful life and I believe wrong thinking and beating upself up too much, and thinking I have too much control over what happens to people, is definitely wrong. I do think she was genuine in her belief that it would help, as silly as that sounds, but I also know that she was in it to make money. I’ve even fell victim to some of the “Herbal. There is effective treatment for bipolar disorder, plus lifestyle changes you can make to put yourself on the road to recovery. I’m without medication right now cause I am pregnant. They are trying to profit from your illness. I have a daughter with Bipolar I, psychotic, etc. I agree, being called boarderline is a problem for people with bipolar disorder – I’ve mentioned it a few times. Me and some people who decided to do the med-free route (and we are kinda good at it so far) have encountered it when we tried to seek help in therapy for other issues that our mood swings… cannot talk about anything without being told meds may help no matter what it is. Like all philosophers I’m driven by questions that can’t be answered. They can dispense pills like candy. Health.com may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. We're loving their inspirational, body-positive messages. Faith helps and exercise. I attended DBSA (Depression Bi-polar Support Association) and I learned soo much! I told her no thank you and haven’t heard from her since. I hate seeing people believing in magic. I had an aquaintance that I hadn’t seen in twenty years call me and offer to sell me some “miracle water.” I told my husband that if she truly cared, which is why she told me she called, she would give me the so called miracle water instead of trying to sell it to me. I unlocked the door to my brain, dropped the label, and discovered freedom. They don’t work. I do all sorts of bizzario things and enjoy them greatly. Most often it is songs but only a specific line of a song that plays over and over for weeks at a time. I was on meds for five and a half years, the meds worked, so I took them. Yeah, I said something about “if I were normal” or whatever in front of my dad and my dad said, “You *are* normal!” (We were talking in the context of planning financial and job and practical stuff where disability was specifically relevant to the conversation. Bipolar disorder (BPD) is a mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings between depressive low points and manic high points. That really ticks me off. It helps me cope and not harm myself. Don’t be silly. My label was Bipolar Disorder Type 1. Love ya work Natasha. But–I still need the wheelchair. I have been in treatment full time for the past year and a half and have learned many tools and coping skills. These are the times I tell myself to shut up, at which I get strange glances. You deserve to have good resources just like everyone else. I’m thinking you need to spend just one day w/ my husband who hasn’t a clue as to what I’m going through and refuses to try and figure it out. I have delved deep into every aspect of my life, and been butterfly honest with myself, about fixed beliefs, my traits that aren’t that great etc… – Andre Gide. I was telling him how I was a bit down nd struggling at the moment and he says. What you have posted is extremely interesting and inspiring. Credit: Of course, a surgeon could use an unregulated, variable quality scalpel aka a chainsaw to do surgery but the results by even the most talented doctor may be worse than the disease. I claim to ask questions. By subscribing, you'll get access to a FREE eBook on coping skills. I would say that’s pretty accurate. And what I have to say to every one of these people is this: you have no fucking idea what you’re talking about. And medication reaction is neither sufficient nor necessary for diagnosis. They made me limp and I felt crazier than a hoot-owl. The first week is fun, the second is when it starts draggin me into the ground. Some patients, if their mood is stabilized, see a psychiatrist only every month or two. No! Certainly your situation is unique. ;). I wish there would be more medical research done on the compounds in garlic for bipolar disorder. Teaching yourself to tell your body what electrical conductivity you want it to fire is probable. By doing that several times, each time getting easier, I was able to expand my range of tolerance and really be present without escaping into depression or mania. “You should turn your life over to Jesus Christ.” Give me a break. I just love your writing technique. Oh yes, I know. My name is Sean Blackwell, and I've been researching the spiritual dimension of bipolar disorder since 2007. People with bipolar disorder often have problems sleeping. I’d encourage you to keep your mind open to the possibility of a cure as well as that it might not come from big pharam. I try and assimilate what we currently know about bipolar disorder, the brain and what I know about myself and synthesize it into a coherent form. “You should be on a gluten-free diet.” These is no evidence that this would be helpful. Then I got a rash (possibly because of going from name brand to generic) and couldn’t go back on the meds. HI Natasha, What happens to a thought after you’ve thought it? No shiny chemical wheelchair, or something happens and it locks up and quits working, and there I sit–no legs, or no equivalent of legs. Be cautious during life changes like starting a new job, going to college, or getting a divorce. So blunt, so honest, and to the point. They still have no idea what they’re talking about. There are no bigger demons to face than my own. "[Medications] can help you live a much more normal life if you choose to take them," says Cara Hoepner, a nurse practitioner who also has bipolar disorder. Tips for treating bipolar disorder and preventing a bipolar relapse. I was so disappointed. I don’t know that there is a cure, but I study many different theories and find what works for me. I had never brought it up to him, and he said no. These wavering thoughts and emotions can cripple the person mentally, often … If your side effects are intolerable or a drug isn’t working, discuss your options; don’t just stop taking it. Depression and ADD are on a single side of the spectrum (not the same one, obviously) so it’s easier for them to say train the right side of the brain this much and things will be better, or train at this frequency and that will work for this behavior. Left untreated, the natural course of bipolar disorder generally worsens. Ah yes, the “choose” to be better people. People have AN answer. Which includes my p-doc. But the difference is this: I don’t make any wild promises of cures. My newsletter contains mental health news, speaking engagements and more. It’s not snappy, it’s not easy and it’s not a cure, it’s just the way it is. And yes, it would be great if there were a cure. The book is provocatively called The Bipolar Cure: Transcending Diagnosis and Awakening Authentic Self. If be happy to send a free copy when it’s ready to you for review and honest critique as well as any of your readers as I’d simply like to get feed back. I certainly wasn’t saying you _were_ misdiagnosed, simply that such things are possible, which they are. Here are 10 tips for keeping bipolar symptoms under control. I am bipolar 2. Here's What to Do, 9 Signs It's More Serious Than the Common Cold, How Your Period Changes During Your 20s, 30s, and 40s, 12 Anxiety Symptoms That Might Point to a Disorder, Shannen Doherty Reveals Stage 4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis—Here's What It Means, The Best (and Worst) Diets of 2020, According to Experts, 10 Moves for a Cardio Workout at Home—No Equipment Required, These 13 Women Prove Every Body Is a Bikini Body, 20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health. I do believe one day there will be a cure for many psychiatric issues, but that day is not today, next week, or a 6,000 year old chinese/cambodian/amerind/atlantean secret. I am extremely interested in knowing more about your story. Set an alarm and get up at the same time every day, Hoepner says. Nothing makes a teen hate their parents more than having them try to cast demons out of you. My psychiatrist claimed it would calm the racing thoughts, help me fall asleep, and hopefully make me think more clearly during the day. The experience was an ego death – that is, feeling the fear of dying as your ego holds onto your current paradigm, and then surrendering and breathing through the emotion. I’m OK with that. Without the PSR program I believe I would have ended my life. There is only management. I’m sorry you haven’t found what works for you yet. That when I’m not actively reminding them that there’s something very wrong with me, they forget? Bearden recommends keeping track of your weight and talking with your doctor if you notice a problem after starting a new drug. That’s where they believe the real issues lie. I’m not sure who you’re quoting, but it isn’t me. There is nothing for bipolar disorder except hard work and treatment by reputable health care professionals. My hypothesis was that avoidance of full emotional experience was driving depression & mania, they they were essentially strategies I was using to avoid experiencing emotional states that never got coded in as “safe”. Don’t give up. I do not like these people. But it has worked wonders for some people with severe head injuries and strokes. It’s always about compliance and while I would love to take medication (and took it for 5.5 years,) I can’t right now. Yup, that’s a classic interaction alright. It is my belief that at least for bipolar mania – one of the diagnoze I have, it cannot be found a cure or a true medical treatment without our own understanding of what is considered abnormal and without our agreement and active participation. Unfortunately, some people simply don’t understand and don’t want to; and there nothing any of us can do about that. "Therapy is really, really important," Bearden says. Which might work for them. © Copyright 2021 Meredith Corporation. I wish this on no one. I discovered inner peace. There have even been times that it has kept me from sleeping at night as it pounds over and over. This includes following a healthy diet and avoiding … They might also have been misdiagnosed … Borderline Personality Disorder is, I have read, probably commonly misdiagnosed as Bipolar Disorder perhaps because, the psychiatrist suggested, Bipolar Disorder is “easier” to treat from a busy psychiatrist’s point of view: I paraphrase, “You give the patient pills and leave them to it, whereas BPD requires a very long investment of time and, therefore, money in psychotherapy.”. Yes, I’m a writer. Even if you don’t have to get up for work, try to schedule regular morning activities such as walking or exercising with a friend (because exercise is important too). If you can’t truly help us, at least don’t hurt us even worse…. ", Let your family and friends know what you are going through. The impact is very individualized; some people don’t have this problem while others do. We are at such a high risk of self-harm and most of hate to take our medication anyway! I work so hard at staying bipolar healthy. Is Your Doctor Gaslighting You? She’s born of brains with an innate sense of caring about others, and a sixth sense thrown in there. (Author’s note and disclaimer: The following piece details my story of overcoming a serious and potentially-fatal mental illness, bipolar II, … The notion that bipolar can be “cured” comes from a misunderstanding of what bipolar is. 'Cured My Bipolar?' I’m a high-functioning person with bipolar disorder, and I’m high-functioning only because I’ve got this shiny chemical wheelchair that lets me move around and compensate for legs that work like other people’s. Yes, I make money from what I write. I go to the psychiatrist any way just to have someone to check in with. Kinky sex. I went years and years in denial and undiagnosed. I HATE this disease. It’s generally all about an individual treatment. Some of these people are well-meaning. They’re not helping, of course, they just don’t really understand what they’re saying. I am with you on this. But perhaps it would be a nice gesture to appreciate the fact that they felt with you for a short moment. The people of Japan experience one of the lowest bipolar disorder rates in the civilized world. sorry for the long wind. It distracts me from everything. Stress, social isolation, sleep deprivation, and deviation from your normal routine can trigger episodes of depression or mania. For example, we know writing gratitude letters are just as effective as Prozac for depression (in many cases) with no “side effects” (by the way, side effects are just effects) and free — but no one can really profit from them. All rights reserved. I don’t think there will ever be a cure, the pharmaceutical companies stand to profit way too much with maintenance drugs. Just for the record, bipolar disorder cannot be cured… In that space, I felt much more connected to The Universe / God / whatever your label, even though it was painful. To the world health org, something like 80% of shizophrenic pateints recover with no meds. For example, bipolars with depression have what they call “atypical” depression symptoms. Bipolar disorder is a mental disorder marked by a dramatic change of moods in the affected individual. Stay in your living room and still spike your heart rate. you can too! xoxoxo. Doctors often treat the mania symptoms with one set of drugs, and … It’s an evil, evil disease that until one better understands BP, and until one has support of another who understands BP, the disease will eat the soul of an individual from the inside out. I believe i could cure myself, Guess what i HAVE. There is no cure. 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