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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/3/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Good day all - I have been diagnosed Bipolar 1 for the last 20 years. I have been through suicide attempts, hospitalizations, and a plethora of medications. Last August, I did what I would not recommend anyone else to do .. I took a major chance and I stopped all my meds. I struggled with the possibility and nightmare of becoming psychotic as my then-doctor told me it was only a matter of time.
I continued to see her through December. She encouraged me to try other medications whose prescription I kept .. just in case. With so many months behind me and not falling into the abyss. I stopped seeing her all together. I thought I could take on my demons by myself. My depression began to worsen and I was feeling hopeless. By March of this year, I found a holistic doctor. He assessed my medical history, current symptoms and did a variety of blood tests most Doctors wouldn't consider requesting .. He diagnosed me with mainly having hypothyroidism which was evident in my symptomatology and thyroid tests other than the usual T3, T4 and TSH. He found I had Reverse T3 dominance (aka Wilson's Syndrome) which can be due to metal toxicity. He instructed me to do a Urine Metal Tox Provocation Test which came back off the chart for Mercury Toxicity. . I will be undergoing chelation to rid my body of mercury and other toxic metals and will eventually have all my Amalgam fillings replaced with non toxic materials. This is only the beginning of my new treatment with this Doctor. I was luck enough to find a holistic Doctor who has a Psychiatric background. He is treating me orthomolecularly with vitamins and supplements.
skull Again, I stress that no one go off their meds !!! nono skull
But if you are inspired by my story .. I can give you plenty of reading material to enlighten you about treating depression and bipolar disorder outside the realm of drugs with the help of a trained health practitioner .. This was my beginning .. read as much info as possible and seek out a trained professional in the field .. I was tired of 20 years of pharmaceutical which never seemed to work and I went through many - from tricyclics, to MAO inhibitors to SSRIs and neuropletics and more ... I am still suffering from symptoms as I have only begun but I have a new found hope in the new treatment I am undergoing and have more confidence in it than I can ever remember having on any pharmaceutical or with any traditionally trained Psychiatrist. I welcome any questions you have and am willing to provide you with the reading material that have helped me ..
Kindest Regards

Regular Member

Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 5/3/2008 5:35 PM (GMT -7)   
wow, i really like some info,im sooo curious to seek holistic help, but i worry if it'll waste the little money i have. Id apprechiate any info..i am intersted into trying reiki and acupuncture, how much does it cost you. Is it covered by private health insurance???
Thoughts Become Things
~~~Anxiety & Panic Disorder~~~Possibly Bi-PolarII~~~
~~Effexor 75mg, Lamictal 25mg, Clonazepam .50 as needed~~~

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 3715
   Posted 5/3/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi DoroC,

Welcome to the forum. What an interesting story you have. I hope it continues to offer you some relief.

Please make sure that any info you post fits with forum rules. So far you're good. Thanks, serafena.
Co-Moderator, Bipolar Forum
Bipolar II

New Member

Date Joined May 2008
Total Posts : 2
   Posted 5/4/2008 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Serafena .. I am aware of the board rules .. and will address anyone's interest off the board to comply with them .. thank you for your kind words and support
saabbaby .. I can tell you that i am not receiving reiki yet .. but I have been attuned for reiki in the past for self healing .. It has been suggested for me to go for energy work .. but I too am struggling with the financial expense at this time .. it will eventually be something I will integrate in the future .. I am not going for acupuncture as of yet but believe in it fully .. I am a licensed massage therapist so I am aware of Eastern forms of healing ..
Again I would stress to any and everyone not to go off their meds but to seek alternative help in any capacity .. as an adjunct in the beginning .. it's something you must prepare yourself for and have knowledge of, first and foremost .. I would like to discuss the materials I have read .. I am not sure if you can email me , saabbaby .. I would rather not tell you here if it doesn't comply with the board rules .. I have the highest regard for the board's policy as I am a moderator to another board ( not a healthy board ) and have the greatest respect for everything that goes into running a message board from the admististration to the moderators to it's members .. I don't know if it is possible to reach me through email - mine is enable for yahoo - we can chat through Yahoo or AIM .. I'll have to see about MSN chat as I am signed up but can't remember my password at this time sad but I would be happy to share with you and direct you to at least one book that had opened my eyes
Kindest regards

Post Edited (DoroC) : 5/4/2008 5:34:57 AM (GMT-6)

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