It is, perhaps, ironic, that my older daughter’s former psychiatrist wanted information from her—research he could hand out to patients—on how she got better. The research is not new. It has been available for over thirty years.
Thirteen years of psychiatric medications and multiple hospitalizations had never stabilized her. Yet she now has no symptoms – and isn’t even on psychiatric-type medications. I will add a caveat to the "no symptoms" statement. She does have the emotional fallout to deal with from the life experiences she had while unstable. And she, like her sister, can get various temporary symptoms (such as brain-fog, mood swings, etc) from foods eaten, as you will see as this series progresses.
The psychiatrist has had other cases over the years like hers—ones he could not stabilize. He works in a psychiatric hospital, and the same situation exists there today. My older daughter had ultradian cycling (ultra ultra-rapid cycling) bipolar disorder that is notoriously difficult to treat, and usually has a poor outcome.
I say it is ironic, because one thing that helped her so much was simply increasing her thyroid hormone levels, a tactic which has been in psychiatric textbooks, I am told, for many decades. The other irony is he himself had been the one to first give me research papers, many years ago in my younger daughter’s case, about the possible connection between autism and the gut, even though my daughter's diagnosis was NOT "autism" but rather, had meltdowns and symptoms of depression, mood swings and hallucinations. Readers of the book It's Not Mental, would be well aware of that part of our story.
My older daughter had teen-onset bipolar disorder. Today, she is bipolar disorder symptom-free on just:
- Dessicated thyroid hormone (prescription) with her fT3 & fT4 levels optimized for her needs,
- Diet change for Gluten, cow-dairy, and soy intolerance plus low refined carbs & sugar intake to control metabolic syndrome,
- Help for sleep – Melatonin, tryptophan, and both a small dose of Ambien and sometimes Benadryl to counter painful effects of a permanent side-effect left from antipsychotic use (a tardive dyskinesia called tardive akathisia, and painful muscle tightness. The Ambien allows her to fall asleep in spite of this).
After seeing her little sister get better, she switched to a more caring GP (the same one treating her sister who has recovered from a combination of schizophrenia and bipolar) and also attacked her illness on multiple fronts:
- Micronutrients (EMPowerplus by Truehope)
- Thyroid hormone (prescription dessicated thyroid hormone raising T3/T4 levels to UPPER range)
- Understanding of overdose symptoms/side-effects, and true illness symptoms vs withdrawal symptoms
- Help for withdrawal symptoms
- Diet changes
- Gut health (anti-candida, pro-biotics)
In other entries, I will delve more deeply into each, although readers of the book about her younger sister , probably already have a pretty good idea about each part.
- Brain Health: "Crazy" From Casein?? (Doped with Dairy)
- Brain Health-The Gluten (Dis)Connection
- Abnormal Sleep as a Cause of Mental Symptoms
- Brain Health – The Thyroid Connection
- Gluten Sensitivity and Symptoms of Schizophrenia
- Inflammation of Body and Brain
- Sets of Symptoms--Not the Cause–Get Diagnostic Labels
- Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia Has High Rates of Comorbid Diagnoses Including Autism and ADHD
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