They're all here for you, Mike. Please be sure to tell your psychiatrist
the racing thoughts because that's a symptom of possible manic reaction to depression. You may be reacting to depression by switching to manic thoughts for relief. That's why the medications are so vital to restore a chemical imbalance. There are some meds that you can take that will not give you those bad physical reactions. And
there are other things that help, too. After you've seen your psychiatrist, maybe we should talk about
that a little. Four of the most important ones are don't drink anything with alcohol in it, or eat or drink anything containing caffeine. Include chocolate in that list, too. Those things make the illness worse. Drink water instead, please, and make sure that you get your rest.
I think Getting By is one who has suggested that it often takes several experiments with medications to get the right one (or ones) that bring everything into focus again.
We press so hard for meds to help make it easier because we know
that they work effectively. I admire your wish to remain free of medications, and it is true that a few have been able to do it with changes in diet, but then you are rearranging your life's eating habits which isn't easy to do, either.
If it turns out that you have bipolar illness, psychiatrists know now that
aspirin will help relieve the symptoms. You could consider that as a help until you talk to your doctor again.
I'm not a doctor and can recommend only what I have been told by specialists. Get directions from your psychiatrist about
what medications are best for you. I would even suggest that you print a copy of your posts today and ask your psychiatrist what he thinks about
your feelings today.
Glad to see you holding with these good forum moderators. They know their stuff; that's for sure.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/27/2011 3:12:10 PM (GMT-7)