Does anyone out there manage their disorder without meds?

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Precious Gem
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   Posted 4/13/2010 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Just curious if there was anyone out there that had even a remote amount of success dealing with Bipolar without meds?  I am currently on Xanax and Ambien.  By meds I mean mood stabilizers, atypicals, etc.....If you did have luck managing, what helps you the most?  Not encouraging anyone to go off meds if they work for you and you can tolerate them, that is great and you should consider yourself very fortunate.
 
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happy bill
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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm on meds, just one, Respirdone, but it helps a ton.

That said i have worked very hard the last year to find and identify stresses that can trigger my problems. For one thing i know surprise money situations can set me off, so i have been working on saving money to cover emergecy situations.

ALso when life feels out of control i do things that give me control. Doing the dishes, cleaning, setting a small goal and accomplishing it. And i mean SMALL goals. It helps to create a cycle of possitive reinforcement.

Hope this helps in some small way.

Bill

Precious Gem
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   Posted 4/13/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear IG,
Thanks for the post.  I do alot of reading on nutrition and have discovered the benefits of keeping the body more alkaline than acidic.  I have a book by Dr. Balch and his wife Phyllis who is a registered nutrionalist called Nutrition Healing.  It is full of good suggestions.  They recommend taking the amino acids L-tyrosine and L-taurine for manic-depression.  I have not tried these suggestions yet, but am close to giving it a shot.  I have always felt that there had to been a holistic approach to this disorder considering my mind and body react so violently to pharmaceuticals.  I do not know if you have ever heard of Edgar Cayce, check out his website, very interesting reading, he too believed that a highly acidic diet was very bad for you.  I usually do not read material by people considered "psychic" (sorry for the spelling) but his story is a bit different and well worth checking out if you have never heard of him.  Thanks for all the suggestions.
 
Happy Bill, your post are always so uplifting, you are a gift to this forum.  We have talked many times and I always enjoy hearing from you.  Keep up that Happy Bill attitude!
 
Gem
 
 

Railey
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   Posted 4/13/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been off mood stabilizers (due to bad side effects) for over 6 years without a relapse.  I just take Clonazam 1.5 mg daily. 
 
I've learned to manage the mood swings.  At first, they were much more severe and interfered with my daily activities.  They got better as I learned strategies to deal with them.  I control my irritability so things don't escalate.  I avoid confrontations with people as much as possible.  I keep a journal of my moods, sleep patterns, and how my day went.  This gives me a sense of control over my life.
 
I have a very healthy respect for the disease and how powerful it can be.  I'm very careful to think before I do anything risky, and try to make the right decisions in my life.  Life is a constant challenge, but so far I've managed to survive. 
 

Precious Gem
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   Posted 4/13/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Railey, I have tried almost all meds "approved" for Bipolar and I always have a very harsh reaction, mental and physical, so at the present I am only taking Xanax when I need it for anxiety and just started Ambien on nights I cannot sleep.  Just regulating my sleep has made a big difference.  I know I am one of a hand full of people that do not respond to meds but that is OK, there is always another path.  I am just trying to find it now, thanks for the suggestions!
 
Gem

happy bill
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   Posted 4/13/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   

 

  Thanks Precious Gem, i try to be upbeat in all facets of life. I was a bit bummed today because i got hit with a 1700 car repair bill and it really bummed me out for a bit. (thanks rapid cycling)sad sad sad   But i rallied and got my happy back. Still that quick depressed turn really worked me over physically, im going to hit taco bell than go home and rest and recover. Tommrrow is another day and another fight.

   So not to worry, your intrepid Happy Bill is still very very Happy. smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin smilewinkgrin

 

   Bill


tortoise11
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   Posted 4/14/2010 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Railey - how old are you and how long have you been dealing with BP?
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


Railey
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   Posted 4/14/2010 3:05 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 47, and was diagnosed 25 years ago. 

GreenTeaHero
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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
What a coincidence - i just posted in another thread about this....
there's a documentary by stephen fry called the secret life of the manic depressive..
one woman in the documentary says she controls her bipolar with fish oil and diet.
its a great video i highly recommend it!

tortoise11
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   Posted 4/15/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -7)   
The "fish oil lady" is Gracelyn Guyol. she wrote a book "Healing Depression and Bipolar Disorder Without Drugs"

I think the book is a bunch of crap and didn't get anything helpful out of it. But I have a copy of it that I would be happy to mail to someone who is interested. Just send me an email.
Bipolar 2
Borderline Personality Disorder
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Panic Disorder


Mercy777
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   Posted 4/22/2010 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 46 yrs old, diagnoised BP, 7 yrs.ago, take 2, 300mg litium daily, 2, 1mg clonopine daily, 50mg. trazadone when needed,( mainly to check out ), I'm serching for a alternative to litium, doing real well, but I know the lithiums got to go to harsh on body for to long, can any body give me any suggestions, looking for alternative.
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