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What kinds of treatments have been effective for your bipolar disorder?

Comment from: GregM, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

This is how I cured my bipolar disorder. I read that omega-3 was being used for psychiatric disorders and gave it a try for myself. It didn't work, but I noticed that after 13 years my urine had no calcium sediments in it anymore. Before omega-3 supplements any extra calcium I ate showed up as extra urine sediment. I then read that calcium was important for proper neuron function and added calcium supplements to my diet thinking that I might not be getting enough. I increased the amount until I started seeing calcium sediments in my urine again. My mental symptoms stopped then. I believe the mechanism for the success of omega-3 is through its ability to allow the body to maintain a higher blood level of calcium. Higher calcium levels are known to reduce the level of excitability of neurons. Perhaps omega-3 allows the kidneys to reabsorb calcium to a level that satisfies all the body's requirements.

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Comment from: Racer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

Wow, this website in incredible! The information I've learned. I just never took the time before to know much about my disease, but after abandoning my meds how MANY times over the years until finally being at an age where I can see that the main constant in all the pains I've been thru is ME - that of ME and all of MY Mania and Depression and how it has affected not only myself, but also as importantly, my FAMILY, loved ones, friends, co-workers, clients,... the list could go on and on and that doesn't make me feel good. After spending nearly two hours reading the detailed information this site has given (THANK YOU!), I plan to call my doctor tomorrow to get back ON my meds. I wish ALL BD sufferers and their caregivers the very best. Hang in there.

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Comment from: Livi, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I got sick in 1996, it was a harrowing experience. I always took whatever the doctor prescribed to me, and if I didn't like them I told him about it. I've had long periods of being well, but I changed medications recently and had a manic episode the likes of which I've never experienced before. I was hospitalized for 6 weeks. I am on lithium now, which is better than Seroquel, which made me very sedated. So many times I was late for work because I just couldn't wake up. Lucky they are very understanding. I've been in that job for 14 years and they've been so good to me, I don't know what I would have done without them. Going back to work is the best thing for cheering you up. These days I am so moody and angry and I get so distressed by the slightest amount of stress. I continue to attend my psychiatrist, go to the day program for therapy. The periods of depression are unbearable. Being manic is scary. I just want to be happy and peaceful and productive.

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Comment from: shells nobel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

It was the year 1995, when my bipolar disorder was diagnosed. I was advised to take my medication regularly but I did not because I felt that all my medicines were retarding me while I was a student of engineering. I was taking my medicines intermittently and I was not ready to admit that anything was wrong was with me. I suffered from four manic episodes and depression overall. I feel that my mood swings are very related to weather. Since 2003, I am taking lithium and tegretol regularly. I got married to a very lovely person who takes care of me and I am living a very happy and satisfied life. I want to advise to all those people suffering from BD that they should cooperate with their doctors, must take medicines regularly and the family members should keep an eye on patient and try to calm down the patient. If you are a patient of BD you should realize that you are given more energy and potential as compared to normal people and you should use that energy positively to live a very happy and successful life.

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Comment from: Lover and a Fighter, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 02

I started to notice the symptoms when I was 5. It was during the period of time where my parents were relentlessly fighting and I can say it's been a long and difficult road for me, but one that I will never forget. I take Lithium, Seroquil, Prozac, Provigil and other medications to deal with other illnesses. I still feel like the mood swings and depression everyday; however, I always have someone I can count on. I am 18 now and ready to graduate from High School to move onto college. My best advice is keep fighting; you are worth it.

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Comment from: gravediggerswife, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 02

My husband was just diagnosed with Bipolar disorder, we always knew something was wrong and this was it. I have depression too and I'm really scared that I'm not going to be able to help him when he needs it the most. I have read a lot of stuff on this and all I can do is pray that we help each other and learn to still love one another, hold our heads up high and live life the best we can.

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