Originally Posted by cthulhugrrl
I didn't put into that previous post clearly: about having someone you can trust. I think you also have to be able to agree prior to anything happening that you WILL listen to them if they see something funky and that you will take it seriously.
It's so hard in the midst of mania or depression or rage or whatever to see it for what it is. It's hard until you get to the other side and can look back at it. So that's what I mean by being able to trust someone with that perspective for you, just in case you cannot see it. Or even if you can, you can get trapped by it.
Totally, well stated.
|just to ask...i know you said meds are n't the only answer...but are they apart of everyones answer...like would you still classify someone who didn't need meds as bipolar, or would you say that everyone who has mental illness needs pharmaceutical treatment, even if its low dosage in conjunction with alternate lifestyle?
Meds aren't the only answer, although for most they are necessary I think. Not tolerating certain kinds of medication doesn't mean he's not bipolar, just that that medication wasn't for him. One thing I've learned here is that the medication game is basically roulette, and you have to try and try until you find a cocktail that works. My BP isn't too bad until I start rapid cycling, and so I've always found it easy to say, well, I don't really need medication. The sad truth is, though, that the few months of good are followed by several more of bad and until I started managing it properly, those months were hell for those around me. Someone on here said that finally finding the right medication was like waking up, like life was ok before, but suddenly you don't know how you lived that long feeling that way. I can't say I'm there yet.
I'm sure there are more people than we think who have the same stigma attached to medication and don't want to take it. The reason I went naturally is that I had a hard time accepting that I needed medication, and just couldn't bring myself to take that first dose, partly because it meant an end to breastfeeeding and I couldn't do it. However, now armed with the facts, when I am completely done BFing, I plan on re-evaluating my current program, seeing how well it really is working, and if I and my doc think that I could feel better on a prescription medication, then I believe I would be ready to try it. Right now I feel good, I still have bad days, but they are far outlapped by the good.
My program consists entirely of lifestyle changes and completely natural supplements. All vitamins, minerals, and aminos. Stuff that you find naturally in your food and body. The natural approach is looking at what a BP person is missing chemically and then adding that into your system to even it out. I take the fish oils because those are wicked awesome for your brain. Since the problem starts there, it's best to give it these to really give it the juice to run best. I take Tyrosine and Taurine, amino acids, to continue the progress of evening out my brain. The Taurine calms, and the Tyrosine acts almost like an antidepressant. Getting both ends of the spectrum so to speak. I take a packed multivitamin to get all the good stuff my body needs, and I take an extra big dose of B12, which helps the depression. I also take a natural form of lithium when I feel the rapid cycling start coming on, but I've been able to mostly do away with it. I've also been able to cut way back since I first started, and now take all of my stuff in the morning instead of throughout the day.
The lifestyle changes I mentioned are mostly in the way of ordering my world. I move from calm into the crazy areas most when I get stressed out from life situations, so I've learned to keep a good schedule in order to cut back on the stress. I targeted what made me most crazy, and fixed it. (IE: I hate my house not being clean, so to not stress about it I made myself a chore chart for days of the week). I also take at least a 1/2 hour for myself daily to read or knit or get on here, anything to detox a bit and relax. Exercise, even in the form of a walk during that half hour, always helps. It's really just learning to put your body into a natural rythem so that when the big stuff that would normally throw you off comes up, your body is calm in its routine as opposed to already feeling stressed in the daily grind. It was difficult at first, but now it's second nature, and it feels good to have the tools to help myself.
Anyway, whatever you and your husband decide, I hope that he reaches that level of calm that Autumn described. BP is a long haul, but I think that when you get to that place, all the trial and error with the medication and stuff is worth it. Good luck