Bipolar Disorder May Have an Upside According to Research

Tortured artists not only produce great art but also creative children who are prone to be similarly tormented artists.  Psychiatry experts at Stanford University determined that parents with bipolar disorder are likely to pass creativity along to their offspring.  Previously, researchers noticed that people with bipolar disorder tended to be highly creative, but by exploring familial connections, this study marks the first detection of a probable genetic link between creativity and bipolar disorder. That said, bipolar parents should still get proper treatment as , according to Reuters. The illness can cause many life problems and there is treatment. The first step is getting proper diagnosis.

Diagnosis

Proper diagnosis of bipolar disorder is the first step in seeking treatment for this debilitating disease.  Most people think that “manic-depressive” is the authoritative definition of bipolar disorder but there are actually three types of the disorder.

  • Bipolar I Disorder with intense mania and major depression is the most well-known and severe type.
  • Bipolar II Disorder does not involve mania but repeated cycles of major depression and hypomania.
  • The third type, cyclothymia involves hypomania and mild depression. Cyclothymia is characterized by moods swings that are not strong enough to be termed major depression or mania.

For a more detailed description of the types read this FYI article on Bipolar I versus Bipolar II.

Is There a Test?

Like most mental health disorders, there is no definitive bipolar disorder test consisting of a blood test or other medical laboratory test to diagnose this condition. Lab work is often used in diagnostics to rule out other physiological causes for symptoms, but they cannot detect the disorder. Instead, doctors determine the presence of the illness through a variety of bipolar screening tests and questionnaires. Several diagnostic tools are used to help diagnose bipolar disorder.

Signs and Symptoms

Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General lists the criteria for major depressive and manic episodes, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV). Signs and symptoms of a major depressive episode include:

  • Feeling depressed most of the day, nearly every day
  • A loss of interest or pleasure in activities that were once enjoyable
  • Significant weight gain or weight loss without dieting, or an increase or decrease in appetite
  • Experiencing either insomnia or an excessive amount of sleep
  • “Psychomotor agitation” (for example, pacing, nail biting, or difficulty sitting still) or psychomotor retardation (such as walking and working at slower paces or speaking more slowly and less frequently than usual)
  • Fatigue or a loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, excessive feelings of guilt, or feeling guilty about situations for which you are not at fault
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating, or making decisions
  • Suicidal thoughts

Manic episodes include:

  • An elevated or irritable mood
  • Inflated self-esteem or grandiosity (which can be delusional)
  • Decreased need for sleep, sometimes needing only two hours of sleep to feel rested, and in some cases, being able to go three days with no sleep at all without feeling tired
  • Being more talkative than usual, an urge to keep talking, or rapid speech
  • Racing thoughts that often shift from one topic to another
  • Being easily distracted by unimportant situations
  • An increase in goal-directed activity, and often, the goals are grandiose and unrealistic
  • Reckless or excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for negative consequences (such as overspending, excessive gambling, or sexual indiscretions)

Treatment

Bipolar disorder treatment is most effective when a complete and comprehensive treatment plan, including complementary therapies, is followed diligently. Mood stabilizing medications are the underlying foundation in managing bipolar disorder. Correct dosage is extremely important and sometimes difficult to achieve. Regular visits with your doctor and following the recommended frequency of blood tests will tell if medication levels are within target ranges for effective treatment.

Medical research has shown that manic depression treatment with medication is enhanced by therapy. Because stress reduction is a major factor in healing, people on medications for bipolar disorder get better more quickly and experience longer periods of wellness if they receive therapy while on bipolar medication. For more information check out this FYI article on treating bipolar.

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  • I have Bipolar 1 and now on lithium and lamactal and it really keeps manic episodes down alot, depression still there 2-3 days a week but not as bad. Bipolar manic phase caused me a lot of trouble alot! I kinda enjoyed the manic phase i guess because it was the opposite of the depression but I’m really glad I don’t make an ass out of myself (as much) anymore. I used to abuse drugs and alcohol to the extent I should be dead. I now no longer crave that type of behavior and of that I am really glad.

  • I have suffered with bipolar disorder all of my life (I am 41 now). The article is correct in stating that it passes from parent to child. My parents did not recognize the signs when I was young so we never sought help (particularly since there was a social stigma about such things when I was a kid).

    It wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I went and sought help to pull me out of a severe depression that had lasted three years and was laden with thoughts of suicide. So if you are bi-polar and have children, you should certainly watch for signs as they grow to ensure that you can seek help before they reach their teens. The teen years are challenging enough – with this condition, they can be much worse and it is better to be safe.

    While it is true that it takes a while to find the right medication and dosage, it makes a world of difference. Years ago, I would have been the last person to admit that.

  • It was amazing how my life changed when I became medicated. It was like I had a wealth of talents that I wasn’t aware of and began tapping into for the first time. It was like I suddenly realized what all my teachers told me my entire life, I had so much potential if I would only apply myself. Turns out I just needed to pop a pill.

    It does run in my family also, straight down my mom’s side. The problem in my family thought is its like the dirty little secret and no one except me will admit that they have it.

  • It was amazing how my life changed when I became medicated. It was like I had a wealth of talents that I wasn’t aware of and began tapping into for the first time. A light went off and I suddenly realized what all my teachers meant my entire life when they said, I had so much potential if I would only apply myself. Turns out I just needed to pop a pill.

    It does run in my family also, straight down my mom’s side. The problem in my family though is its the dirty little secret and no one except me will admit that they have it. And no ones believes I do except my dad. I had to be hospitalized in my 20’s when I had my first breakthrough. I decided I never wanted to go back there again so I would pop a pill every day just for that reason. 6 months later I wished I had been medicated my whole life.

  • The characterization of Bi-Polar type II as not as severe as BP type I is really off. Do your homework: BP-II leads to more suicides than any other form of BP. I’d say that is pretty severe.

  • I’ve been trying to stabalize with medication for the last 5 years. I had no idea I was bi polor when I had my children. I didnt understand why I was the way I was. i was adopted and discovered my bio family with it running full speed down my mothers sids. Her and her sisters ..mother…all 3 my siblings…I possibly wouldnt have had children if I ‘d have known that i could pass this misery on. So far lithium,lamictal,effexor and risperdol seems the best combo yet. Some days the smoke clears and i can see life clearly. i spent my teenage years manic as hell, doing everything in excess to try to feel better, not knowing what was wrong with me. At least be able to recognise symptoms in my children and get them treatment so they wont suffer the way I did. i pray for a ‘cure’.

  • I’ve been trying to stabalize with medication for the last 5 years. I had no idea I was bi polor when I had my children. I didnt understand why I was the way I was. i was adopted and discovered my bio family with it running full speed down my mothers sids. Her and her sisters ..mother…all 3 my siblings…I possibly wouldnt have had children if I ‘d have known that i could pass this misery on. So far lithium,lamictal,effexor and risperdol seems the best combo yet. Some days the smoke clears and i can see life clearly. i spent my teenage years manic as hell, doing everything in excess to try to feel better, not knowing what was wrong with me. At least be able to recognise symptoms in my children and get them treatment so they wont suffer the way I did. i pray for a ‘cure’.

  • Medication for Bipolar Disorder is more damaging then the disorder itself,….. Managing your diet, and making yourself get adequate sleep even when you don’t feel will do more for your symptoms then any anti-psychotic, or anti-depressant, remember that the medications side-effects, include suicide! Also, if Diet and Sleep practices fail you, all natural marijuana can make mood swings less severe, for someone with Bi-polar. I’m not a doctor of any sort, but since psychiatrists mostly just get kick-backs from big-pharma, that by default makes all I just said even more credible. I’m not going entertain any “Pill-Zombies” who believe that chemically lobotomizing prescribed drugs are the solution for anyones Bi-Polar disorder because once medicated, your already a lost cause and your mental faculties are compromised.

  • Medication for Bipolar Disorder is more damaging then the disorder itself,….. Managing your diet, and making yourself get adequate sleep even when you don’t feel will do more for your symptoms then any anti-psychotic, or anti-depressant, remember that the medications side-effects, include suicide! Also, if Diet and Sleep practices fail you, all natural marijuana can make mood swings less severe, for someone with Bi-polar. I’m not a doctor of any sort, but since psychiatrists mostly just get kick-backs from big-pharma, that by default makes all I just said even more credible. I’m not going entertain any “Pill-Zombies” who believe that chemically lobotomizing prescribed drugs are the solution for anyones Bi-Polar disorder because once medicated, your already a lost cause and your mental faculties are compromised.

  • @happysadgirl You put your kids on lithium and anti-depressants?! Your F’ing Stupid! You should be Time Magazine’s Mother of the Year! but your probably too doped up to even understand the sarcasm in the previous sentence. Shame on you! its one thing to decide to pickle your own damn brain, but your kids! Do some legitimate research about what your putting in you and your kids bloodstream! lithium!? It’s a highly toxic heavy metal designed to kill neurons at random! you’re killing their brains before they can even mature! you disgust me.

  • I wasn’t diagnosed Bipolar type 1 until after my behavior had cost me a marriage and a house. Now I realize that all that energy I had in high school was one big manic state. I almost took my own life, and that landed me in the psych ward. Now off medication, I’m extremely physically active and providing daycare for several small children I love as my own. Please, be aware of your feelings, and do not ever be afraid to reach out for help. You never know what kind of life you could have if you lose yours prematurely. Also, it’s never too late to start a good life.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists That is simply not true. No physician would prescribe the medication if it were.

    I have been on a combination of Lamictal and Seroquel (both known as mood stabilizers) for almost two years. In a matter of weeks after taking the drugs I was truly happy for the first time in 4 decades. I’ve been very happy ever since.

    The medication allows me to enjoy the creativity of mild mania without the debilitating depression.

  • I made an exception for happysadgirl, who thinks poisoning her kids with heavy metals and fluoride based anti-depressants at an early age will ease their suffering later in life,……..omfG!

  • @BrianRichards You just said that you take medication, which means your mental faculties are compromised, and apparently you are all too trusting in a multi-billion dollar medical industry which only has one primary function for profit which, case in point, super-cedes the Hippocratic Oath taken by physicians.

  • @BrianRichards Have any argument left to contribute to the debate? I’m feeling mildly manic myself,…….. anyone? That’s right,….. my theory stands to be plausible,….. if you take prescription drugs,…. you have compromised your ability to think critically,…. someone please put forth a logical argument,……. because if I stand correct, your prognosis is just too utterly depressing for words.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists i have had to quit marijuana, ,(job) also makes me want to stay up and eat many times at night. probably less the weed, more bad habits that started in my teens, i was very much afflicted by low self-esteem and insecurity as i was left alone from 13 to 17, as my mom had to care for my sister. right now i am typing when i should be sleeping. and driving my wife and mom nuts with my mania. my wife is diagnosed bi-polar, and her meds make her a zombie sometimes, she is a lovely woman, but it costs her so much vitality. she has never consumed weed. i have smoked almost daily for 30 years. then a week or so ago, i just stopped…it is hard…but i have lost 15 lbs (no joke. 274 was my max to 253). just putting my two cents in. i WILL smoke again, or maybe eat it, or use vaporizer, as i like the fact that i have stopped coughing all the time.

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  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists hey dumb a** put the crack pipe down for a minute and take a deep breath. People lilke YOU are the reason people with BP get labeled as ‘crazy’. Seriously.My kids are still small.No way would i medicate now. im talking about for being able to recognise symptoms in the future. the Meds I listed are what i take.Not them. Anyone with half a brain would recognise the difference between medication that WORKS and meds that dont. Maybe you havent had the right one. Maybe your to scared to admit that something besides a fat one could help you. Grow the f* up and re examine your self . because YOU have some serious issues. Oh, well at least you were good for a laugh..hahahaha

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @happysadgirl ease up a little man, yes she is f-ing up giving kids super cocktails of pills. but hate won’t make her see your valid points, ok? i just read that psychiatrists are having to send patients who want to talk about their problems to cheaper by the hour therapists and pyschologists. so sad. they pull out the pad and send them on their way with some happy pills.

  • @thetazmaniak13 I’m wasn’t suggesting Marijuana is right for everyone, sometimes people who are prone to schizophrenia it can adversely aggravate their symptoms. On the other hand I have found that it is very helpful to reduce the severity of my own mood swings, and also I have learned that taking a break from smoking time to time is beneficial for me too, and keeps me from building a tolerance, which would render it useless,……. I’m sorry that your wifes meds drain her vitality,…..thats terrible to hear,…..unfortunately the way many of those drugs are designed in such a way that quitting cold turkey is dangerous,…. and honestly I have encountered other bipolar people who don’t have the discipline to practice proper diet and sleep, and are so out of control that they have to resort to prescription drugs,…….. on the other hand more often i find in my other bi-polar friends that the prescriptions more often make them delusional, cloudy, and lifeless.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists yes, thank you for your very reasonable post, my man. i love pot, frickin love it. it helps me stay (helped) sane. but also a little lethargic as well, and since i have so much to do right now, i am on a weed sabbatical. ho ho. peace be with you and happy sad girl. ease up we don’t all have to agree on the meds we use, just that we all want to feel better and more in control. i think we can see eye to eye on that, eh?

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists yes, thank you for your very reasonable post, my man. i love pot, frickin love it. it helps me stay (helped) sane. but also a little lethargic as well, and since i have so much to do right now, i am on a weed sabbatical. ho ho. peace be with you and happy sad girl. ease up we don’t all have to agree on the meds we use, just that we all want to feel better and more in control. i think we can see eye to eye on that, eh?

  • @thetazmaniak13 @BrianRichards Worth a shot,… I work from home, and when I want to,… so my sleep schedule is usually pretty flexible,..so if i feel like blogging all night, I can totally make it up in the morning 🙂

  • i pushed a lawn mower for three hours today after getting maybe four hours sleep last night, yesterday i worked outside on my property for 6 hours or more, constantly moving from one half completed task to another, i got maybe five the night before, it is easing up a bit, went thru a little bit of a crying jag as i thought about religion and quotes from the bible about loving your neighbor and praying and fasting in private, not jumping around trying to impress people with your faithfulness. and then later i thought about going and doing violence against some perceived offense that never happened, i am not sure if it because i recently quit smoking marijuana, ( i was a two to three doobie a day smoker), or because i am nuts. gonna give it a week or more see if i level out, definitely need some advice about diet. i am eating a lot of bananas (ha ha). should be in bed, i took a 10 mg melantonin earlier, but here i am pounding away on my keyboard. sigh.

  • i pushed a lawn mower for three hours today after getting maybe four hours sleep last night, yesterday i worked outside on my property for 6 hours or more, constantly moving from one half completed task to another, i got maybe five the night before, it is easing up a bit, went thru a little bit of a crying jag as i thought about religion and quotes from the bible about loving your neighbor and praying and fasting in private, not jumping around trying to impress people with your faithfulness. and then later i thought about going and doing violence against some perceived offense that never happened, i am not sure if it because i recently quit smoking marijuana, ( i was a two to three doobie a day smoker), or because i am nuts. gonna give it a week or more see if i level out, definitely need some advice about diet. i am eating a lot of bananas (ha ha). should be in bed, i took a 10 mg melantonin earlier, but here i am pounding away on my keyboard. sigh.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards union ironworker, on unemployment for a while, as i had a artery blow up in my pupil. almost back to good vision, cleaning out my system so i can go back to work soon.

  • @thetazmaniak13 @happysadgirl I don’t hate anybody, Just trying to encourage some intelligent dialog, I think I was succesful,… I m glad to hear happysadgirl isnt pumping pills down her kids throat like my hypochondriac mother, I learned real early about the “Houdini Key Trick” and learned to spit em in the toilet anyway,….lots of medical books kicking around,when I was a kid, i learned real early pills were bad news.

  • @thetazmaniak13 @BrianRichards You can always bypass urinalysis by using the same stuff they use to calibrate the equipment with.

  • @thetazmaniak13 I’ll put it the way my dad always use to put it, we all have crazy thoughts, your only insane when you lose your brakes,…. however with bi-polar disorder you just have to do a a brake check a little more often then normal people, sometimes means talking to your “mechanic” I mean,… Psychologist/Councilor .

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards yeah, i know…but i have these weight issues, i can’t walk the iron and in reality think that i could catch myself if i was hit by the pill (iron ball on the end of the crane cable) which happened once when i wasn’t tied off. so… tho i am a more reasonable person with the herbs, i need to break out of my rut, of smoking then eating, and repeat.

  • @thetazmaniak13 @BrianRichards word, my buddy is an iron worker too, we used to smoke up all the time,…..actually now he operates the crane so he has to stay clean and do the responsible thing,… I respect that.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists it is good to communicate with people of like mind. i have been reading about a company that bills itself as an online rep (PR firm) for different companies, (koch, coca-cola, burger king, etc) they are called new media strategies, they just lost a contract with chrysler for cussing on the chrysler tweet site. i have been thinking “who the hell am i talking to” copy and paste — NMS and Koch — they got busted trying to change wiki entries. nice to talk to a person. as i don’t ever chat.

  • @thetazmaniak13 Sounds like you need some help, kiddo..May be partly from swearing off the marijuana but what were your moods like before you smoked? Def get a consult, good luck.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards it isn’t just losing a job or going to a rehab if caught, working non-union i have seen two men die, unneccesarily imho. one because the foreman smoked pot that morning, (which he never did, caved to peer pressure that mornng) and didn’t clear out an area that was under a large platform that fell off a set of screw jacks, killed a good man. he (the foreman) was usually very diligent in being safe. so it isn’t just me but all my brothers i have to think of too….

  • @thetazmaniak13 Nice talkin to you too, I can send you my Youtube link if you want to correspond there you can also find my Email there too.

  • @sherrywilson44 moods were ok…when i ran out sometimes i could be a bit crabby. i have a good support system in my wife and mom (who at 72 and is so-so health) who lives with us, on my two acres in the house my grandmother left me. i spent all winter inside, just reading and downloading music. love the black keys. i am going to wait a month, hopefully i will start sleeping better… i am still waiting for any one to suggest a diet that will help stabilize my feelings, i do feel better today, didn’t snap at anyone…but you go up and down as bipolar, my adopted sister is defiinitely bp, my wife is diagnosed as such. i miss auto spell check here , ha ha.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards Totally disagree on that..I’ve tried it both ways…diet and exercise, plenty of sleep, HELPS manage it, but if you’re seriously bipolar you need meds with it. To think not is delusional.

  • @sherrywilson44 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards i am willing to accept that, but my wife is truly suffering from overmedication, too much carbemez whatever and lots of trazodone 300mg each night.

  • I have been on different meds for years. Still can’t find the right ones to help me. They did not find out I was Bi Polar until my 20’s when I took a butcher knife and chased my Husband with it. Then I ended up using it on myself. Got sent to the hospital by ambulance. And ever since then they been putting me on meds taking me off. Putting me on new ones. Just tired of it.. Nothing seems to help. Also since I been on these meds I have gained a lot of weight. Maybe some day there will be a cure I hope!

  • @thetazmaniak13 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards Def true..I was in what I call ‘a ten year coma’ from the medications that a psychiatrist gave me and I thought he was doing the right thing. Well, wrong..moved down to Florida, a doctor took me off all the psychosis meds and what do you know, I’m alive!

  • @thetazmaniak13 @BrianRichards I understand 100% I know, I used to work construction too,… till I was layed off,… I went back to school studied fine art,…. now I’m doing multimedia,.. working for myself, so I only have myself to answer to now,…. and I’m not putting mine or anyone elses lives at risk,…. you gottah be totally alertr in your feild your right, its a matter of life or death.

  • @ladysamantha sounds like my ol lady, whom i totally support, i have only seen her off meds a few times but then ,, watch the hell out, cusses like a sailor. drives so angry, i had to close my eyes and pray for my life. no joke.

  • @thetazmaniak13 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards I might add I lost 165 pounds and am at a normal weight now.

  • @sherrywilson44 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards but being skinny does not make a person better, unless you need to turn sideways to avoid an explosion or something similar. heh heh.

  • @thetazmaniak13 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards No, but I was able to move again and breathe, it got me out of bed again, and I had a new life. Kind of had a lot of hypomania after that but seems to have subsided now.

  • @thetazmaniak13 Well, good luck to you..the sooner you know the sooner you’ll be able to get back on track..there really are good psychologists and psychiatrists..just have to look around.

  • @sherrywilson44 @BrianRichards <sigh>to each their own, I guess,….. they’ve tried me on every prescription on the market,….. there’s nothing else out there for me to take, ….. all conventional medications have “backfired”on me, and either, make my mood swings more severe, cause me to have acute hallucinations, or worst of all, “cloud” me to the point I can barley tie my shoelaces,…. I’ll stick to my diet and sleep habits,….. which has been the most effective solution for me, yet,…… I also focus all of my manic energy into music and art, which is a practice which helps keep me out of trouble, so to speak. The depression side is a little more troublesome to deal with sometimes,…. sometimes though the excessive sleep during those times allows me to recharge my creative batteries, and meditation and reading effectively help bring me out of a slump, too.

  • @ladysamantha I am also a manic derpressent who tried over 10 different combinations before I found the right one. It was abilify. I took abilify before but was on 4 mgs of lorazapam. I switched doctors and he does not believe in benzos on a daily basis. He put me back on abilify and droppped the benzos. Once that happened it was like a miracle. I went through hell for over 4 years and thought it was gonna be the rest of my days. Try to come off benzos if u can with your anti depressent. Dont give up it will be rewarding. i could tell a difference within a week actually. It was amazing. For me as well It helped to exercise and cut out caffeine and cut back on sugar. the better the diet the better I feel. but try cutting out benzos and talk to your doctor about abilify. it cured my insomnia now i sleep like a child too. Its amazing. Good luck to u

  • I wish I could find something that worked for me. Haven’t slept for more than 2 hours in over a week. I feel like I’ve been downing expresso and I’ve started biting my nails again. I swear, right now if someone told me that dancing naked in the backyard would help with this, I would try it! Ha ha! But hey! On a high point, I’ve managed to write 70 pages of a story and I am pretty sure it’s actually good.

  • I was diagnosed bipolar in 1973,the medication given me at that time was lithium. 15 years ago I read in my bible that God would heal us of our sicknesses if I would ask Him.I had lived with my illness for years and was told there was no cure,only treatment.So I prayed and trusted God to do what he said.Needless to say family and friends were concerned.I went to my Doctor and asked if she could check my condition.I saw her once a month for a while,then went to phone calls.After a year of this I sat in her office and asked her what she thought.Her words to me were,either you were misdiagnosed or God healed you.I had no idea that she was a christian and I had not reveled to her that I was as well.I am posting this in hopes that some of you will find the same healing that I did.God bless you.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @happysadgirl

    Wow. Down, boy!

    It’s difficult to understand you when you’re spouting gibberish only Charlie Sheen can understand.

    While I might not agree with your beliefs regarding mentall illness, I would at least respect your opinion if you weren’t militant and judgmental. You have NO RIGHT to criticize another person for taking care of their children. If “happysadgirl” determines that medication is the best care for her children, then that’s what she needs to do. However she didn’t even say she was going to put them on medication; she said “at least (I will) be able to recognise symptoms”. She neither said her children have a mental illness nor are they on medication. Having done research on her family tree has alerted her to any POTENTIAL problems.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @happysadgirl

    I don’t think you read her post very well, but it was pretty clear that she was talking about medication combo in terms of what she herself is taking (not her children).

  • @Tiser Look at Clements Clinic, Dallas and Amen or Amman Clinics (scattered around but based in California). They use functional MRI brain scans to diagnose. My spouse went to Clements and with the adjustments made to her treatment based on what the scans indicated, results have been much better. Dr. Amman is on PBS periodicaly and has a couple of books out, saw them in Barns & Noble just the other day, and looks to have kind of pioneered the process.

  • There’s no upside for the people living w/someone bipolar, especially when the besetting problem is mania or hypomania. 🙁 I’m ready to leave my husband of almost 20 years because I can’t handle the anger, the grandiosity and the resulting emotional, verbal and (occasionally) physical abuse any more. At least he takes his meds or he’d be COMPLETELY out of control. (don’t mean to imply that severe depression is any easier to handle. It’s not)

  • Hey guys, i’ve been on med.’s since i was around 14, and before that my parents didn’t have the money (which i knew) to get me real help. So, on top of that i was rapped repetitively by members in my family. So, i left school early with a diploma, and of course then led me into my 20’s, and the major shit started happening. Staying up late, well and self medicating to try and mask how i felt inside. But now after all the drug trails and withdrawals from medicines that didn’t help any. We need a concrete medication (if possible) just for symptoms of bipolar 1 or manic depression, instead of putting us on med.’s for illness we don’t have. Clinton Bradley also on facebook.

  • B1Boz, Thank you much! My daughter suffers from some sort of bipolar, and she hides it well except when she is around me. This is being going on since age 3, when she first started throwing fits on the way home from daycare in the car. She is 16 now, and will still throw the same fits if she gets too tired. Since most of her fits happen at home in the evening, it has been hard for doctors to exactly pin it down. She has destroyed doors, walls, cabinets, me, etc. All I know is that it is all tied to sleep. It seems that even when she sleeps, she is not sleeping, like she doesn’t do all 4 stages of sleep, and is missing out on the deep sleep stage. Valerian root seems to work the best! When I can get her to take that, she wakes up smiling, and especially polite. They make a Celestial Sleepy-Time Extra Tea with Valerian root, which is especially good. I’ve also tried Catnip tea for her from the Health Food Store.

  • Reading through the comments, several things come to mind. First and foremost, everyone has fluctuations in their mood. That is called life, not Bipolar Disorder. Also, there is no such thing as self medication, so people need to quit using that excuse for their drug use. It is a convenient rationalization to keep using drugs, but those drugs are much more likely to be the cause of the problem than anything else. I have seen literally hundreds of people who had no mood disorder after getting the drugs out of their lives. Thirdly, for someone who has the disease of Bipolar Disorder, there are no natural or homeopathic cures that are effective. For some people, the condition does resolve. This is actually true for almost a third, so if it happens it is not because of some magical cure that you have found or because you turned your life to some deity. It just happens, and is not that uncommon. If you have been on multiple medications and nothing makes any difference, there is a very good chance that you have a Personality Disorder and are not Bipolar at all. Unfortunately, most Psychiatrists and nearly all Psychologists do not know the difference. Bipolar Disorder is underdiagnosed and undertreated. It is also overdiagnosed and overtreated. People with the disorder do not seek diagnosis or treatment, and the professionals charged with providing care often give the label because it is easier than finding out what is really going on. The only way to know what is going on is to quit using drugs and see a professional who knows what they are doing. Good luck in finding one. I mean that sincerely, not as a flippant remark. Research quoted by the APA today reveals that the most common screening test for mood disorders overdiagnoses Bipolar, and the majority of professionals out there do not even go so far as using this test.

  • I read a lot of the comments and notice that many people have issues regarding the right way to treat bi-polar disorders. There are about as many treatments as there are bi-polar people. Why? Because we all start with our own chemical balance and we each need a slightly different adjustment. What doctor can pick the perfect combination right off the cuff? None. They are not super-human, they are just more knowledgeable on the subject than most of us. Many of us have self medicated over the years. That is understandable. But what if someone could craft you the perfect fitting key?

    Self medication worked for me for periods of time, but one of the big problems is that if you do not keep the doses the even you are farther irritating the disorder. Additionally, many drugs simply mask the issue (and help make life manageable) until a person blows one day. If you are honest with your provider about what does what for you it will be far easier for them to find your treatment. After years of back and forth, new docs, new meds, going it alone, praying for God to take my mania, lost relationships, jail time, and all the rest… I gave up and gave in. I got honest, both with myself and with my provider. She put me on something I had never heard of & skipped the anti-depressant. I am on a med now that isn’t even considered a psych med. and it has been my gold for two years. Since being on the med and being completely open, we have re-diagnosed. Turns out I may not be bi-polar after all, but rather may be living with something almost identical called Borderline Personality.

    Figuring out mood disorders takes time and diligence. Those who are opposed to the hard work or waiting for the benefit will simply not reap the benefit of being in control. Then, that is already true in many areas of their lives. How could they know the difference that complete follow through makes?

  • never tell anyone to get off their meds! turns into physcotic episodes…im bipolar and know the disease well. if someone is in doubt, they keep talking to the shrink, not just stop meds..theres a reason for it, i know from experience and seeing others stop it and spiral out of control. educate yousrelf and befriend a bipolar person..watch and learn, dont advise..that person is smarter then u think./ @btmd

  • @Carolyn32164 To be clear, I would never tell anyone to get off their meds. What I am talking about is the people using street drugs and justifying their use by saying it is “self medication.” A majority of those people would have no mood symptoms if they quit using. Research shows that about 80% of addicts have symptoms that would qualify them for a mood diagnosis while using, while about 20% have a co-occurring mood disorder. That means that 60% of addicts would have no mood symptoms at all if they quit using drugs. We need to rid the world of the scourge of this term, and educate people that street drugs are not medication but actually the cause of disease.

  • @sherrywilson44 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @BrianRichards this is your reality. I am BP and have been down the meds and self med route. Learning to trust and believe in myself and to rely on my instincts I have learned to live without meds, be clear of mind and at peace in the here and now. this is my reality and I do not wish to impose it on any others. I suggest however that people with BP recognize the residual upsides of the experience of mania and pursue their own understanding of their spiritual sides which is unique to each person.

  • @Carolyn32164 @btmd Unfortunately Conventional medications are far too often more damaging to the person suffering from bi-polar itself, and your right you shouldn’t tell some one to stop taking their meds,…. however that is because they are designed in such a way that they greatly alter the brain chemistry, and quitting cold turkey is extremely traumatic to the mind,….. @btmd Marijuana truly does have medical value in treating Bi-polar disorder, not solely because of the THC that is in it, but it also contains many other biochemical molecules that normal brains often produce on their own to maintain, and SOME people with bi-polar disorder their brains can’t produce the quantity of those necessary bio-chemicals to have normal brain function, and thus can be supplemented by consuming the plant, the brain stores those chemicals in the fat cells and uses them on a needed. That doesn’t mean that marijuana is right for everyone with bi-polar, as bipolar probably has many causalities. There is lots of evidence that suggest marijuana is highly beneficial to people with bi-polar, and in places where marijuana is obtainable for medical purposes, it is used to treat it. All that aside, how about putting on your critical thinking cap just a gosh darn minute, and take into consideration how many casualties psychiatric medications have had on people with bi-polar disorder, think of how many lives have been lost because of poor decisions concerning dosage,…. or being prescribed the wrong medications by their physicians? The physicians don’t lose any sleep at night because of their poor decision making, and more often then not, are never held accountable for it. How many lives have been lost from marijuana overdose,…. or from using it responsibly?,….. having been used since the beginning of civilization, none to date,….. sounds like a pretty clean record to me. And if you take in to consideration that SO many bi-polar sufferers have a tendency towards alcoholism, and turn to other much more harmful substances to self medicate, don’t you suppose that the availability of Marijuana could reduce the other “scourge” that you speak of more dangerous substances? You have no business educating anyone, because you believe street drugs actually cause bi-polar disorder, Ill have you know, most of bi-polar’s onset begins at the advent of puberty, often before ever using any kind of illicit substance. I m not here to argue its legality, but i am going to point out that the fear and disinformation spread about marijuana use, stems entirely from racism, the initial reason to make it illegal had nothing to do with it being perceived as a health risk, it was to isolate and persecute Hispanic and Black people. So, whether you know it or not, if you strongly oppose a the natural substance that contributed more to civilization then the wheel, I’m afraid that you are perpetuating an age-old racial persecution, and that btmd would make you a small-minded racist.

    Thats right you heard it here first,… If you Strongly Oppose the use of Hemp or Marijuana for any utility, you might as well wear a white sheet and burn crosses. Because there is no legit reason to oppose Marijuana anymore then being opposed to tea, coffee,bread or butter.

  • @Tiser They don’t use MRI’s to Diagnose or Treat bi-polar disorder because there isn’t a connection between physical abnormalities of the brain that can be perceived through imaging, however you could talk to your neurologist, about weather or not a EKG would be useful in diagnosis.

  • @Lilabeth The best thing you could try is drinking some warm milk,….. and training yourself to sleep even when you don’t want to,….. you can do this by selecting a minimum of six hours and laying down in a dark bedroom with your eyes closed till your alarm beeps,….. after a few nights or so,….. eventually boredom will set in,…… your mind will start to rest,… on schedule, and you can begin to put your sleep schedule back into equilibrium, this is critical,….. because getting an appropriate amount of sleep will also make your mood swings less severe.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Carolyn32164 you know i smoke my share of bud when need be. it keeps me from going into that state of “Oh No! I shouldn’t have said this, or done that, and think about it all night long, instead i smoke a little and it really does help so so so much at night while i’m watching new movies, it’s a great relaxation for me, also along with meditation. they do have synethic weed out in the market now. well, for some years now, and i did buy some last week and i actually found it too be okay for me, plus i didn’t have to worry about cops etc. ppl need to get a grip. they won’t pass the stuff we need, with a resonible amount of time. but yet, let’s put phin-phin (not sure how to really spell the med.’s name) because losing weight the old fashioned way is just to hard, instead of passing the drugs that are needed for the individual to get in-touch with why he or she is eating to much etc….

    but anyway , thanks this machine for the comment, i enjoyed the read ttyl, clinton bradley

  • @clintbrad @Carolyn32164 Okay I should point out that the Synthetic Weed is laced with a chemical and it’s long term effects on the brain and body are still entirely unknown,…. I’m not saying I haven’t tried it also,…. but It’s probably safer bet, to stick to the age old, time tested original reefer,…. as far as it’s illegality, I frankly don’t care anymore,…… our laws, and system of government have become corrupted beyond all recognition from the Founding Fathers had intended,….. people should be more concerned with the moral and philosophical implications of their actions, …… then living in fear of weather something legal or not and the repercussions of authority, we are entitled as Americans to be self-governing. Suppose they made it illegal to breathe? Imagine all the foolish people who might try to hold their breath!

    The laws are entirely backwards, instead of being put in place to protect our individual civil liberties from all fronts,…. they are being designed to do just the opposite,….. while encouraging amoral practices of corporations to obtain simple, stupid, irrelevant monetary profit. I’ve just come to accept that if i’m jailed or imprisoned for using a substance that is necessary for me to function like the rest of society, and isn’t morally destructive, and doesn’t impact the civil liberties of my fellow citizens, then I suppose that is a cross I’ll have to bear. As far as weather we manage to legalize the perfectly safe, multi-utilized, and environmentally friendly plant that is marijuana,…… Well, either way, I’m not holding my breath. : )

  • @clintbrad @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Carolyn32164 There is nothing wrong with smoking for recreation or relaxation, other than the effects it will have on your lungs. Less harmful in the long run than alcohol. What I object to is people calling it “medication.” There is no psychiatric use for marijuana, and very good evidence that it worsens and possibly can cause psychosis in susceptible individuals. It also does have a withdrawal that is characterized by anxiety and mood fluctuations, and can last for weeks. In contrast to what “This Machine” has to say, it causes much more long-term change to brain chemistry than any of the mood stabilizers on the market, and clearly interferes with the brain maturation process in adolescents. All of this is clearly documented in scientific studies, unlike the off the cuff opinion and propaganda that This Machine spouts. There has been benefit shown for marijuana in treatment of pain and some GI issues. Otherwise, no studies have shown it to have any medical benefit, despite many of the studies being done by people who support the ruse of “medical marijuana.” Science just does not support the benefit, including the science done by the people who know what they are doing and looking for evidence to support its use. As I said, recreationally, there is nothing wrong with it, particularly in moderation. Just don’t call it medicine unless it is being used for one of the few reasons that it has shown benefit. Even for those disorders, though, there are alternatives that work better without causing lung cancer.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Carolyn32164 @btmd You really should learn something before coming and spouting your nonsense. Your leaps of logic are unfathomable, and show you to be nothing more than a small-minded person who is attempting to impress others with your wit and intellect. You are obviously undeducated and rely on propaganda for all of your information, and to spout your ignorant drivel in a place where people might not know better and believe what you say is irresponsible and dangerous.

  • I have been following this conversation since yesterday. I have read a lot of interesting opinions. The best advice I’ve read is see your doctor, be honest, and take your medications. I have been on at least ten different meds. I could write a book (ha-ha) about side effects and benefits. At this moment I am taking Saphris as my main mood stabilizer. It also had anti-depressant affects. I’m glad that someone had good luck with Abilify, but it made me crazy. The meds are intense, I have gained weight, it’s slowed my thinking, and I have numerous aches and pains and so on. But at least now I’m not living in hell. I don’t want to die everyday. I don’t think I can do outragous things. My anger is under control. I sleep. I have a happy marriage to a sane person. I’m still very sensitive and emmotional. It’s just who I am. Accepting that I have an illness (and that it’s not that I’m a “bad” person), seeking help and doing what my doctor reccomends is sending me on a road to recovery and some sort of sanity. It’s been a long road. i’ve been hopitalized and even had electirc shock therepy. At one point I never thought I would be able to function again. We don’t have to suffer. There is help. Don’t give up hope.

  • @btmd i still think you are a danger to a bipolar person. the docs dont use that test because they know its a chemical imbalance. i was educated on this by my shrink. its uncontrollable for most. hence the medications. i dont like being on them but if im off, i turn into another person who cant think straight. its like the brain thoughts are in a blender.im very intelligent as well and do weird things when in a manic phycotic episode. if some ppl can control their bp without meds, congrats, i dont see how cuz the older u get the worse it gets. but everyone is different.

  • @temeraire Bi-polar does not equal abusive. There is an additional issue with your husband. I hope you have spoken to his doc about this. An abusive person needs other therapy, medication will never fix that part of your husband. Mood disorders are just that ~ moods. Behaviors, whether they are associated with moods or not, are not caused by mood disorders. A person is prone to certain behaviors and a mood might set them off.

  • @Carolyn32164 @btmd I am advocating not using street drugs and following the advice of your psychiatrist. Exactly what part of this are you saying is a danger to the bipolar person? I think that you are missing or misinterpreting what I am saying.

  • @Carolyn32164 I am also unsure of what test you are referring to that the docs don’t use. Screening for Bipolar Disorder involves asking questions and eliciting responses. There is no test that diagnoses the condition. There are screening tools, and the most common one (used by docs) has been shown to have too low of specifity to be valid. That was part of the e-mail update sent to Psychiatrists enrolled in the updates through the American Psychiatric Association this morning. That is the only test that I ever mentioned.

  • @btmd I did misread, sorry, i just get uptight cuz a friend convinced me to go off my meds, that i dont need them, too many side effects. so i did and guess what? i lost my home, job, car and had to file bankruptsy…, there is a lot of bad advise on here and a good shrink does more then test. in one hour..that test isnt accurate as far as im concerned..overs some points but a lot is left out and needs to be put in the table..and who better but people who are bipolar that understand and recognize it for what it is and can do…it is to easy for some to be tested hourly thing but not when u have a doc that wants to rule out other things.

  • @btmd screening, hospitalizations, counseling to check for rationality etc. not a standardized test. im not debating this anymore, all im saying is more needs to be done because its not as easy to dx as one thinks.

  • @Carolyn32164 I have seen people die due to going off their meds on the advice of a well meaning friend. It is not an easy diagnosis, and there are no shortcuts to making it. Once made, following the advice of a professional who is experienced in treating the disorder is essential. I think that we are both saying the same thing all around. Sorry for my part in any misunderstandings.

  • @btmd @clintbrad @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Carolyn32164 Tell the Israelis there’s no use for marijuana. No wait, don’t tell them that. They treat brain injury with medical mj, it reduces swelling. Oh, and another thing…it treats my asthma. Two hits is better than any inhaler. And a relative is using it for her fibromyalgia. And, US soldiers in some states get it for various reasons. Mood stabilizers can cause diabetes not to mention all the other side effects.

  • You could try edibles instead of smoking. A good indicator of bipolar is light sensitivity. I was having nightmares and was suicidal by age four. Weed did not cause my psychosis. I was hallucinating by the age of five and was not using “street” drugs. Mood swings, while a part of everyday life are not normal when you can swing from one extreme to the other in a matter of minutes.

  • sometimes in a “downward trend”, some thing has to be available – either a med, but weed induces awesome sleep – live for that, a lot

  • This forum is odd. I get messages about a reply and I can’t find it, even when I hit reply.

    People write me and say Bi-Polar II can be treated with counseling alone. I will say I went 15 years that way. Things were tough at time, but I made it. I discovered that during mania I was good at certain types of work (creative), and during depression I was good at others (cataloging, organizing big projects at work). But then the bottom fell out.

    1 in 5 people with bi-polar disorder are “successful” in carrying out suicide. The number jumps when you only look at BP-II, which is at 30% (there are forms of cancer that have a higher survival rate). And I was staring suicide right in the face. I was scared and went to the hospital. This was more than a case of the blues: my blood pressure was 220/170. I was in serious danger of a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. I was convinced suicide was the only way to cure the pain and I was terrified.

    I spent a week in the hospital. I felt so safe, so very safe. They found this medications for me that worked so much better than the Paxil and Wellbutrin and that who group of nasty drugs. I hadn’t heard of mood stabilizers, or the apparent relationship between bi-polar condition and epilepsy.

    The drugs balanced me. For the first time since puberty I found myself smiling just for the heck of it. For forty years I’d never smiled without forcing it.

    Those who say there is an alternative, well they are wrong. Unless they think suicide is an alternative. Suicide is a horrible, miserable way to die.

  • This forum is odd. I get messages about a reply and I can’t find it, even when I hit reply.

    People write me and say Bi-Polar II can be treated with counseling alone. I will say I went 15 years that way. Things were tough at time, but I made it. I discovered that during mania I was good at certain types of work (creative), and during depression I was good at others (cataloging, organizing big projects at work). But then the bottom fell out.

    1 in 5 people with bi-polar disorder are “successful” in carrying out suicide. The number jumps when you only look at BP-II, which is at 30% (there are forms of cancer that have a higher survival rate). And I was staring suicide right in the face. I was scared and went to the hospital. This was more than a case of the blues: my blood pressure was 220/170. I was in serious danger of a stroke, heart attack or kidney failure. I was convinced suicide was the only way to cure the pain and I was terrified.

    I spent a week in the hospital. I felt so safe, so very safe. They found this medications for me that worked so much better than the Paxil and Wellbutrin and that who group of nasty drugs. I hadn’t heard of mood stabilizers, or the apparent relationship between bi-polar condition and epilepsy.

    The drugs balanced me. For the first time since puberty I found myself smiling just for the heck of it. For forty years I’d never smiled without forcing it.

    Those who say there is an alternative, well they are wrong. Unless they think suicide is an alternative. Suicide is a horrible, miserable way to die.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Carolyn32164 @btmd Thank you you’re so right. Personally, I am tired of being a test-tube that gives the major pharmaceutical companies all the profits and this fascist governmental system the right to take my kids and treat me like hell because of it. I was able to get two Bachelor’s degrees using pot and no I have never “overdosed” on weed. I was almost visited by the police the other day though because my blood test at the V.A. showed that my Depakote was a level to kill me. Hmmm……

  • You guys on the side of pot use are so right. I personally am tired of being a test-tube for the gain of the major pharmaceutical companies. I got two Bachelor’s degrees on weed and got good grades (and still remember what I learned, yes!) I am tired of the establishment being able to practically run someone’s life because of a bipolar diagnosis. Most of do know what works best for us. Sometimes it’s meds sometimes it’s weed. It should be our choice. Isn’t that what all of our military and our veterans have fought for — our freedom? What’s freedom if we have no say about what goes on in our own body? If it helps us to function and doesn’t cause anyone any harm, I don’t see why we should be kept from it. I know weed works better than any psychotropics have since they dismissed me from the military for being a conscientious objector (and a bipolar) back in the 80’s. Please!!!

  • @btmd @Carolyn32164 btmd……,and yet you still fail to demonstrate even a fragment of wit,….. Propaganda requires monetary backing which prescription meds have plenty of. You should learn how to think critically about stuff,…But I understand thats hard to do when you take designer drugs,….. I’m sorry your doctor turned your brain to mush.

  • @btmd @Carolyn32164 “following the advice of your psychiatrist.” is exactly what is dangerous to a bi-polar person. they ignore their Hippocratic Oath to further the profits of the Medical Industrial Complex,…. They don’t have their patients best interests at heart.

  • When I wrote that following my doctor’s advice and taking my medications has helped me manage my illness. I guess I should have mentioned one of my prescribed medications is marijuana, prescribed by my psychiatrist.. I’m sorry some of you have never found a psychiatrist you can trust. But I believe mine cares about me and wants to help. I use marijuana as a mood stablizer. When obtained from a dispensery and dosed properly, it is a great medication. Also someone mentioned issue with their lungs and smoking, you should try a vaporizer. It makes a difference.

  • Don’t forget the mj edibles. They work great. And, the smoking is good for asthmatic patients. It helps a great deal. They wanted to put me on roids. Not only did i get much better but I’ve also lost a great deal of weight. I’ve always been a finnicky eater but I made sure to have healthy foods to snack on.

  • @barefootandcrazy I’m Borderline, and you are right, many of the symptoms are identical. There are some very different and important distinctions between the two, but both BPD and BP can be equally disabling and devastating if not cared for properly by you and a mental health professional, with or without medication. I am lucky to have a psychologist who specializes in borderline personality disorder and also has personal interest in those with bipolar disorder. Luckily, medication, reassurance and some healthy doses of reality keep me functional. I hope you find your best diagnosis and are able to heal.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Tiser just so that i am on the same page, for some reason i am under the belief that it is not a neurologist that would be using an EKG but a cardiologist because it is used to measure the electric activity of the heart hence the name electroCARIOgram AKA ECG/EKG.

  • Just about anyone living in today’s “you can have it all!/The world is deteriorating faster than we can save it” world experiences mood cycles. Television constantly presents us both with “this therapy/lifestyle/diet/exercise regime will CHANGE YOUR LIFE” and “this previously unmentioned practice/pollutant/diet/lifestyle will KILL UNTOLD NUMBERS” on a rotating basis. The placebo effect can engender great enthusiasm for a particular practice/diet/lifestyle/religion/thinking mode–then when the effects don’t pan out, a crash occurs. I think the constantly shifting and changing “diagnosis” of what is more likely a syndrome of learned behavioral responses is one of the biggest con jobs on the planet. How many people WOULDN’T be diagnosed as “bipolar” in some form or another based on the criteria listed above? All you have to be is depressed or happy, or both!

  • @BrianRichards I agree with what you have to say. As someone else who is bi-polar, it has affected my life every step of the way. There were times when, as my Brother put it, I just shined. But then there were the other times, when I was very far from shining.

    From the time that I was 7 years old until about a year ago, when I was 51, I had never had a day that the thought of suicide was not in my head. I tried to kill myself three times. I had some kind of idea that I could start over again that way, or that it would cause my family less grief.

    As you have outlined, this is a serious disease. Very serious. And from what I’ve been reading it is chemical in nature, and that it more than likely runs in families.

    Wellbutrin has worked wonders for me, along with Depakote and Seroquel. The three together have, literally, been a G-d send. I wish that I had been diagnosed, and treated, when I was much, much younger.

    But as you demonstrated, not all meds fit everyone.

    I have, also, discovered that once we find the right meds, that we need something like life counseling. We have reacted (usually badly) to stress the same way for most of our life. Once we get stabilized, we need to reteach ourselves the other ways to react. It has helped me a lot.

    BTW, I lost my older son 4 1/2 years ago. I discovered that it does not cause less grief. It causes heart rendering grief. When I came down from the hysteria of finding out that my baby was dead, I asked my partner to watch and make sure that I kept taking all my meds, and at the times I am supposed to take them. I didn’t want to get to be actively suicidal again. And I knew that losing my son would throw me right into if I stopped taking my meds.

    The grief, at times, was overwhelming. Losing your child at whatever age is very difficult.

  • @Tiser Personally, this sounds more like a personality disorder. Nothing helped my sister until she started seeing a psychiatrist and got diagnosed.

  • @SamanthaL.Maynard @barefootandcrazy

    Intersting post. Is your psychologist who specializes in BPD aware that it is not only treatable but curable?

    90% of the Psychiatrist are not trained any more on Dissociaive Amnesia. If they were there would be no diagnosis such as BPD. In fact, the NIMH is correcting the definition. They have a new Gold Standard for testing and treating. Yet, it is not publicized.

    I hate to inform your psychologist who specializes in this but BPD is a “junk pile” diagnsosis. The medications are killing people.

    Science and medicine change,,,,,,,,one death at a time.

  • @Tiser Check her diet. Diets high in sugar and carbohydrates can have significant effects on mood. Children who are epileptic benefit from a “ketogenic” diet that is almost all fat, moderate protein, and very low in carbohydrates. “Tired” may mean that she’s in a carbohydrate crash. Lack of fat in the diet can have deleterious effects on brain function too, and many teens think they’ll stay slim on “fruit and fruit juice” diets that are sky-high in sugar and way-low in essential nutrition. (Oh, and “ketosis” is NOT NOT NOT the same as “ketoacidosis,” which is what uncontrolled diabetics and terminal alcoholics get. I’m sick to death of the misintepretation of these two terms as a way to hold up crossed fingers to a low-carb way of eating.)

  • @santican7 @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Tiser EKG (formerly ECG) = electroCARDIOgram. EEG = electroENCEPHALOgram

    Cardio = heart

    Ceph = head, as in encephalitis, hydrocephaly

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  • @navigator Stories like yours are nothing but harmful to people with mental illness, and I wish you would keep your mouth shut. Your delusions and belief in fairy tales have no place in discussions about mental health unless you’re a patient being pondered.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists @Lilabeth

    You are incredibly ignorant if you think it’s that easy to “fix” insomnia.

  • @ThisMachineKillsFacists You are not a rational or logical human being and should not be talking. Be quiet before you hurt someone.

  • Sorry to offend whomever you are.You call my story a fairy tale,I call it the truth.I am now 55 years old and have been healed of my condition for 17 years.No episodes,no medication.Explain that if you can. @navigator

  • Don’t hate me because I am well,I will continue to tell my story when I deem it is needed.I went from a mental ward in the 70’s to becoming a master mariner with 32 years of service and still counting.I go through very strict physical and mental evaluation every 5 years by the U.S. Coast Guard to maintain my documents as a Master Mariner.I do not encourage people to go off medication or to stop being seen by their doctor.I am one of more than you know who has obtained wellness by faith in God.I will not back down or be bothered by the likes of you,

  • @poisontea4u

    What are MJ edibles and roids. Which one helped u to lose weight? I am on tons of meds and have gained over 30 lbs in less than 6 months.

  • @Tiser

    May God take care of you and your daughter, mine is 35, beautiful, single, intelligent and now with a good doc and at least in the moment with the right medication, what help also is the gym were she is in every free time. But since she was a teen I crossed all the roads to hell. I think parents must suffer more then the ill person. Who knows…

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