Hi, Deacon Blues,
This may seem irrelevant and unimportant; however, it is often helpful for people who have some of the symptoms you do.
Have you ever considered seeing an allergy specialist for the symptoms you're experiencing? Frequently, food sensitivities may cause all of the problems you are describing.
Beer, for example, may make depression worse. People who have sensitivities to grains (particularly people who are addicted to them, as in alcoholism) may react with rapid heartbeat, headaches, greater depresssion than they would if they didn't ingest these foods. While
the reaction may be somewhat temporary, it can be enough to cause
uncomfortable feelings to appear within hours of eating wheat, drinking beer, alcohol, or any other food that often creates reactions, such as coffee, tea, and chocolate--the "big three".
Your suggestion that you need to go to the gym, possibly in an effort to speed the metabolism and to slow the rapid firing of the brain producing excessive thought actitivty, may be signals to you that you have already had something this morning to eat that is reacting for you now. The attention deficit disorder may also be affected strongly by food sensitivities.
I have seen people with an allergy to the diasacchride in milk take Lactaid to break down that sugar and suffer rapid increase in thought when using Lactaid to break the sugar. That rapidity of thought is also characteristic of bipolar disorder--in fact, that's what bipolar disorder is: a portion of the brain fires too rapidly, but psychiatrists don't know why. They do know now, however, that the illness is caused by an inflammation of the brain. Aspirin will relieve some of it, they know.
It would be well worth your effort to invest in consulting with an allergist to be tested for food sensitivities and then eliminate the ones that bother you. It's also possible that you may have some inhaled
allergens that are acting on your system.
A second clue that you may be suffering from allergies is to watch yourself to see if you crave certain foods; that's the strongest positive indicator that you may very likely be allergic to that food or drink.
Depression need not be a purely psychological problem; it may very well be a mental reaction to an actual physical allergy. Some physicians even describe alcoholism as an allergy. Dr. Kathleen DesMaissons has written about this in "Potatoes, Not Prozac". She is
unquestionably gifted in the search for reducing alcoholism caused by
food sensitivity and in the value of changing the diet to correct faulty metabolism. It's well worth your effort to see if it's true in your case.
Please consider checking with an allergist as an alternative to using
counselling as your only resource for healing. The psychotrophic medications can do much for many and nothing for some. Other alternative treatments are out there.
Personality compatibility has much to do with improvement in mental health, I think. Look for a physician who is compassionate and attentive. They're out there, believe me. Their help, along with the
advice and changes an allergist makes, may help you to a far greater
and more positive life to enjoy.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 4/17/2011 4:14:57 PM (GMT-6)