Diet/supplements and BP

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smiler
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   Posted 2/26/2007 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone changed their diet or introduced supplements to help their condition?
 
What have you done , and how has it affected your symptoms?
 
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wmnak
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   Posted 2/27/2007 1:30 AM (GMT -7)   
i eat more chocolate tongue .
 
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   Posted 2/28/2007 7:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Warning VIEW IMAGE Warren's been let loose again!

There are some good antioxidents in the pure 70% types but I don't think the caffeine is the greatest for me and my a/p!

I suppose what I was leaning towards was the Tryptophan alternative (Tryptophan is only available in the US) 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) and Tyrosine. Also the more "regular" things such as the B vitamins , folic acid , magnesium , vitamin C , omega 3 and zinc - all found in food (apart from Tyrosine which I'm not sure about? Could be something to do with phenylalanine *sp?*).

I don't want to lead people astray in thinking that any of this stuff works (some of it could possibly cause you damage) , so please don't rush out and buy it skull

But what I did want to know is , has anyones doc/pdoc suggested/prescribed anything like this and , what effect , if any , did it have on you - I'm just intrigued as I came across it while googling?

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LadyDragonfly
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   Posted 2/28/2007 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
You have to be very careful of any supplement that might contain stimulants. They can promote manic/hypomanic episodes. Be VERY careful of using any amino acid in an isolated manner. They are usually L- something...L-tryptaphan and whatnot.
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Yes, it was me...I know because I was there when I did it. Lupus sufferer, bipolar II sufferer. Currently on Indocin for chronic pericarditis related to lupus, and cherishing every deep breath without pain. Currently in graduate school for mental health counseling, class of Fall 2007. Vegan and loving it!


A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 4/1/2007 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Can someone please continue writing about this??!! I have the same question.

My son is severely depressed right now and I don't want him loosing so much school time.

Currently he is on Lithium and just started Welbutrin. I give him 5,000mgs of Fish oil, a B-complex pill, a multi-vitamin pill and, as recomended by the health food store, Rhodiola. (whatever THAT is)

Am I spinning my wheels??? I want to get the most "bang for my buck" spent because I don't have that many of them! Sigh...

A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 4/1/2007 9:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe add some of what was mentioned above??? Are those other less common things readily available? Any specifics for the depression? Specifics for the Manic??

How about "Jeremiah Peabody's little green and purple pills"?? (Ray Steven's song) Has anyone tried those?? Plecebos?? (sorry, no spellcheck here)

How about Evening Primrose Oil, it does wonders for me and my Menopause depression/anxiety?!!

How about Selenium??

CHOCOLATE does perk him up! He smiles BIG TIME when I bring him Peanut Butter cups, or bake him cookies!!

We watch funny DVDs together too!! ANYTHING to get his head out of the fog! But half the time I feel like I'm stabbing in the dark, swinging at a pinata (again, no spellcheck) or chasing monsters in the dark!! This Illness is the pits!

wspanicgirl21
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   Posted 4/2/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I myself am extremely overweight, in which my doc thinks thats the partial reason for the depression part of my bipolar disorder. I went to the family doc friday and he put me on an appetite suppressor. Which by the way is counter acting the effects of sleepiness from the Invega. So far I think i've lost a pound and this has been since friday. I have a long way to go but my outlook is so positive :)

A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 4/2/2007 9:35 AM (GMT -7)   
That's another question I have. Beyond the obvious genetic reasons, are there "things" that push a person over the edge and cause Bipolar to develop??

I guess that's opening a big can of worms. My son's Psychologist tells me to ask Matt, my son, what does he think caused this...
So far, he hasn't had a clear answer to that one...again beyond the obvious (divorce, single parent raised...)

Can Bipolar be "caused" by events or situations??? If so, I better buy my ticket ahead of time for the Bipolar guilt train!! Lord knows I know where the ticket office is! LOL

Nann
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   Posted 4/2/2007 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I read that stress or lack of sleep can trigger an BP episode...at least my therapist thinks that will be an explanation for my sudden change in personality sad
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