Hi Vellosamian, I was asked by a friend a few weeks ago if I could find any research on this same disorder as you are suffering with. My friend was at her wits end, and was feeling so low, she was verging on suicidal. She didn't want to take any prescribed medication, so she asked me to find out if there were any dietary changes that may make a difference.
I did a bit of research for her, and thought it may be of help to you too. If nothing else, at least it's only food, and not a strong medication!
The foods that I found were being recommended, were all types of fish, including shell fish, also sea weed! (I know the last one sounds a bit weird, but some country's do eat this regularly) also chick peas, (this can also be found in hummus/houmus)
Apparently Seafood is a natural stabilizer of Bi-Polar disorder, as it contains 72 natural trace elements!
One of the web sites that I found to be helpful is--
Hope you find this of some help.
Well I have bipolar disorder also. It is hard to deal with it at times. Most people just ignore me. I've always been anti-social and quick to anger. But before I was diagnosed I threw things at people. Told absolutely insane lies. It was crazy.
I also have been hospitalized for trying to kill myself numerous times. I've said that before but I believe it pertains to this topic very well. And I've been to therapy. Many different therapists. None of them understand me. Most thought I was fine and normal and that everything was peachy. Until I was a 15 year old sleeping with 24 year old men. Ya not my most shining moment. It wasn't that long ago, but it feels like that was a different girl. I am medicating now. I don't love my life and I don't think I ever will. But I deal with it. I am on anti-depressants and anti-psychotics. I want to get off of them. But I can't go back to what I was.
Seven, I'm sorry to hear about the things you went and go through by being bi-polar, you mentioned something about not loving your life and you will never will, I think it is important to remember that it is the illness who makes you feel the way you do and the meds even though may not help you to be "happy" at least help you to control so you won't hurt yourself. I wish you all the best.
Ya. I go through alot and I know, it is my illness that makes me like that. But I don't really have much to say. Except that my meds help.
"I was just wondering... are people born with bi-polar disorder or is it acquired through certain experiences?"
It is my understanding that there are common genetic tendencies toward bi-polar, depression, and alcoholism.
I have two brothers that have bi-polar dissorder (formerly known as manic depression). They have had a tough time with it. Both of my brothers have had manic eppisodes caused at least partially by their decision to stop taking their medication. This resulted in career, financial, and legal difficulties.
I understand that TAKING the correct medication AND counseling are essential in the long term effective treatment. The down side is that these aren't cheap, and the both the manic and depressive sides of bi-polar can cause one to quickly lose their job and have difficulty keeping one, which leads to the loss of insurance to pay for the treatment, which leads to relapse. A downward spiral that is difficult to stop without outside help.
One option is government supported mental health services. In NC, the state mental health treatment is in flux in an attempt to save money and isn't all that good over all. But how much should the government really provide?
Another problem with the lack of treatment is the higher risk of criminal behavior. The jail populations in the US have higher rates of mental illness than the general population.
There is no easy solution.
Edited: MartinR on 9th Mar, 2006 - 4:16pm
I know a person who I suspect may have some type of mental illness, I would like to post some of the symptoms and you all can tell me if there is a possibility or connection with a bi-polar disorder or if it sounds like something else to you.
1. Extreme sensitivity and emotion(most of the time, the person cannot hold a conversation without getting extremely emotional and crying)
2. Anger management problem(the person gets very angry about the smallest things. Keep grudges for long periods of time)
3. Possessive, Jealousy and extreme attachment to certain people (the person cannot see another person, no matter the sex, talking to her spouse, she comes in the middle of the conversation to find out what the two people are talking about. It applies also to friends.
4. No room for counseling (the person does not accept any type of suggestion or counseling with regards to her life, the person see it as a criticism any type of comment that it is meant to help her)
5. Envy (the person becomes envious of other's people success or look, to the point of making comments that may offend others.
6. Denial (The person does not accept ANY of the above statements, except for "getting angry a little bit")
7. Mood swings (the person is happy one day and the other day is miserable. One day she loves you, the next she hates you).
8. Overweight (the person is extremely overweight)
There is much more...but this is all in a nutshell...sounds like bi-polar?
I'm not really that well-versed in the symptoms of bipolar disorder, but there are some members of my family who are affected. My nephew is either suicidal or homicidal, unless he's on his regular meds. Then he's the sweetest guy, helpful, funny, smart, dedicated, hard-working, etc. The biggest problem, I think, is when the person is feeling good (I.e. taking the meds), they decide they don't need to take the meds anymore. Then, of course, everything goes back to bad. It's a vicious cycle.