Bi-Polar (& Some Anxiety)+ Physical Symptoms=Nutritional Problem?

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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 9/17/2007 11:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I originaly posted this is the depression forum, but the more I think about it the more it appears I am bi-polar. I know my brother has been diagnosed with it, so here goes...
I'd much rather find a nutritional answer to my problem rather than taking drugs, so I'm hoping somebody with the knowledge can take a shot at diagnosing these symptoms and history...
Depression/anxiety runs on my dad's side of the family. I'm 40 and have had low grade depression most of my life, but with severe depressive lows a few times a year. While I never feel a "manic high", I'm guessing I'm low level bi-polar due to ignoring and putting off life issues when I'm "normal" (low grade depression). When I get the severe modes of it I sleep all the time and have no motivation, not hungry, etc.
I've always been a "nervous" person but this seems to get worse with the depression (bouncing a leg while sitting still, jitters, etc. While I've experienced "crawling out of my skin" symptoms in the past or heart pain, this severity level is rare. I more or less feel like I've drank way too much coffee (which I don't drink).
The usual guilt, worry, hopelessness, fear of the future, feeling of worthlessness, and other type stuff floats around in my head. Complicating all this is a little OCD and ADD, which I've always had. Fear of touching faucets in bathrooms, trouble with memory and concentrating, etc.
Now that the long winded stuff is out of the way, I'm a big believer in nutritional answers to health problems. Even though this appears to be "genetic", I think the genetic problem might be a nutritional problem, if you know what I mean.
I'm hoping somebody with experience or a nutritional background can link all this together for me. Physical symptoms include: Always had slow blood clotting (according to my doctor). A blood test several years ago revealed high folic acid (I take a multivitamin). Although underactive thyroid runs in my family, mine was "in the low normal range" when it was tested. I hardly ever eat breakfast or fruits or vegatibles, or even eat on a regular schedule. If I don't eat for a long time my mind gets fuzzy and I sometimes get muscle "twitching".
I went on 10mg (or is that 20?) of Lexapro a couple weeks ago. While the depression feels like it might be lifting just a little, the anxiety seems a little worse. I'm also worried that if I'm bi-polar the lexapro will take care of my depression but won't address my "ignoring life" issues. I need HELP and am hoping somebody can look at the physical and mental symptoms and tie them into some form of possible defficiencies in diet/supplements. THANKS!

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 9/17/2007 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Greetings and Welcome to HW!
As I read your post, it seems that you're not describing BP so much as possibly Unipolar Disorder.  From what I know about the disorder, it's mainly depressive episodes without the manias.  IT's not extreme lows, but can be much longer in their episodes than what smone who is BP would experience.
Please know this is only what I have read and what I have heard from others.  I';m am not a doctor and do not have personal experiences with these illnesses, so it ceertainly best to seek a pdoc advice about it. 
In terms of a nutritional treatment guideline to follow, It hink it's a great idea.  However, from my understanding, having these illnesses are a biological disorder that have to do with the imbalance o fthe neurotransmitters in one's brain.  Being the case, I would think medication is an absolute must along with talk therapy as well as nutrition diet. 
Again, I'm not a doctor, but from what I have read, you have a better chance to lead a normal life whne medicating than not.
Sorry I couldn't be more help but I hope you find an answer to your question :)
take care
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   Posted 9/17/2007 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome to the HW family, I am glad you have found us.

I am with WCC on this, from what you have described, it sounds like Unipolar depression and not bipolar. You said you have had some really low-lows, but not any ups. At least nothing that would say bipolar.

I too am not a Dr. so I could be wrong. You are already one step ahead since you are taking Lexapro and it seems to be helping you. Also, you should try some talk therapy to see if that will help you.

I think nutrition plays a big part in our moods, and it shouldn't hurt too much to include a more balanced diet in your life. With more fruits and vegetable. Please let us know how things turn out.
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