A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Bipolar Disorder
I had a question the other day about bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder is an illness that causes extreme mood changes from manic episodes of very high energy to the extreme lows of depression.
It’s also called manic-depressive disorder.
This illness can cause behavior so extreme that you can’t function at work, in family or social situations, or in relationships with others.
Having this disorder can make you feel helpless and hopeless.
But you aren’t alone.
Talking with others who suffer from it may help you learn there’s hope for a better life.
The cause of bipolar disorder isn’t completely understood.
It does run in families.
It may also be affected by your living environment or family situation.
One possible cause is an imbalance of chemicals in your brain.
The symptoms depend on your mood swings.
In a manic episode, you may feel very happy, energetic, or on edge.
You may feel like you need very little sleep.
You may feel overly self-confident.
Some people spend a lot of money or get involved in dangerous activities when they’re manic.
After a manic episode, you may return to normal, or your mood may swing in the opposite direction to feelings of sadness, depression, and hopelessness.
When you’re depressed, you may have trouble thinking and making decisions.
You may have memory problems.
You may lose interest in things you’ve enjoyed in the past.
You may also have thoughts about suicide.
The mood swings of bipolar disorder can be mild or extreme.
They may come on slowly over several days or weeks or suddenly over a few minutes or hours.
The mood swings may last for a few hours or for several months.
Bipolar disorder is hard to diagnose.
There are no lab tests for it.
But, the sooner it’s identified and treated, the better your chances of getting it under control.
Treatment and lifestyle changes can help.
To deal with bipolar disorder it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily hydrates body and brain cells and flushes toxins (whether thirsty or not!).
*Review my post on candida.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Increase life-giving, enzyme and nutrient rich, fresh, RAW fruits and veggies (preferably organic); consider fresh juicing.
*Consider hair analysis to determine heavy metal toxicity.
*Support digestion, liver and colon; consider liver and/or colon cleanse; ensure daily (2x) bowel movements.
*Maintain exercise regimen and relaxation techniques.
*Keep brain active; engage in mental activities.
*Increase oxygen; deep breathing exercises, yoga, etc.
*Consider orthomolecular (high dose vitamin) treatment under guidance of qualified practitioner.
*Consider energy medicine, mind/body/spirit techniques.
*Review blood sugar levels and hypoglycemic tendencies.
*Decrease any and all toxic exposures as they can harm brain cells and function.
*Discover “hidden” allergies/sensitivities (food and/or environmental) that may trigger or aggravate the condition.
*Decrease toxic cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
*Decrease indoor and outdoor environmental pollutants/sensitivities.
*Decrease toxins/heavy metals exposure (workplace, hobbies, etc.); avoid aluminum-containing items.
*Decrease hydrogenated and/or trans fat containing products.
*Decrease “lifeless” processed, instant, fast, junk, packaged foods.
*Decrease sugar, white flour products, sweets, etc.
*Decrease dairy and wheat products (check for gluten sensitivity).
*Decrease chemical additives, preservatives, pesticides in foods.
*Avoid MSG and all artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine.
*Consider effects of metal dental amalgams and other dental work; consult a holistic dentist.
*Research effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF); cell phones, computers, wireless devices, etc.