reply to post by Stadtsmasher
You are not alone.....big hugs to you and lots of love ...
Do you have medical insurance or affordable access to health care ?
If so make an appointment with a psychiatrist right away to get your meds altered.
I strongly recommend Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, see if you can find a therapist that knows CBT (it really is invaluable). It helps us reassess how
we think about things, which can and does influence our moods.
If you do not have medical insurance, lots of vitamin B12 & 6 are good at combating depression, also try to take a shower every morning..might sound
silly but it really seems to help, do not lie in Bed all day, even if it's just moving to the couch, very important to maintain some routine even if
it's limited. Also getting out and walking in the park or around a little bit of nature, with some sun shine is very beneficial; I know it can be
hard..like wading though glue but the more you can try to do, especially with getting natural light the better.
It is very important to eat a healthy balanced diet, (cut down on processed sugars and definately High Fructose Corn syrup, and to go to bed at a
regular time. Might think about taking a multi-vitamin to ensure your body gets everything it needs. mania strips the body.
When going up it is really really important to force yourself to bed around the same time, slap on some relaxing music, read a book, do not engage in
"exciting" activities, no alcohol etc. Thai Chi is a perfect exercise for bipolars.
Nightshade plants, such as those producing tomatoes, potatoes, chili peppers, bell peppers and eggplant, can tolerate and absorb high amounts of
lithium, which will help as a natural mood stabiliser.
If you suffer from delusional / grandiose thinking / hallucinations, cannabis can make that aspect worse.
I've also found some of the Dalai Lama's writting, especially on happiness or daily meditations to be very helpful with getting through suffering.
The main focus in life should be to get into a routine, regular meals, exercise and bed times and staying sober; bipolars neuro transmitters get all
out of whack from "stress", so this is what has to be managed... all forms of stress. If you can limit the stress you can stop swinging to extremes.
If your moods swings are very often then the anti-epileptic depakote(US)/ Epilim (UK) is very helpful to get your brain restabilized.
Hang in there, having "stress sensitive" gene's can be overcome... best of luck to you
If things get bad -- hotline links
Local Hospital ER.
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