Robert Ray wrote:
I can't speak to the depression part.
High blood pressure though I have been able to manage with garlic and hawthorn. Still something to monitor though.
Robert Ray wrote:
High blood pressure though I have been able to manage with garlic and hawthorn
gani et se wrote:
I hope you will report back if you are able to make the change successfully. I have family members coping (or not...) with bipolar in varying degrees, and would very much like to know how you manage. Plus, I like reading your posts here on the forum.
Fish Oil to Treat Depression?
Omega-3's may have an affect on serotonin levels.
Dave thinks a lot about fish these days. Study after study has suggested benefits for omega-3 fatty acids, which are plentiful in certain fish oils. But what intrigues Dave isn't that omega-3's might reduce his risk of heart attack, or ease the pain of arthritis. He's hoping to lubricate his mind.
A handful of small studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids can help smooth out the mood swings of bipolar disorder. There are few effective treatments against the disease, so the news is a hot topic now at support groups for manic-depressives, like the Berkeley, CA, group in which Dave participates.
The first news to attract attention was a 1998 report in the Journal of Affective Disorders. Researchers noted significantly lower levels of omega-3's in the red blood cell membranes of patients with depression.
Then in the May 1999 Archives of General Psychiatry, Andrew Stoll, M.D., and colleagues reported a study of fish oil in 30 manic-depressive patients. Sixty-four percent of those who took 10 grams of fish oil per day for four months reported a marked improvement in their symptoms. By contrast, only 19 percent of those receiving the placebo benefited.
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
I've only had one serious manic episode, which was one of the most exciting, most artistically productive periods of my life, but ended badly as they often do. Otherwise I can't tell any pattern to the depression, I haven't kept a chart since I've been on medication that sort of works.
Does shiitake work against the irrational thoughts and feelings of depression?
H Ludi Tyler wrote:
Thank you. Yes, I will be letting you all know how it goes. I won't be trying to go off the medication until I can clear my work schedule of deadlines. I'll probably first be trying to make some changes in my diet between now and then, as I've been eating more "junk food" - crackers and chips - than I really want to be. I always have trouble figuring out what to eat in the summer, as I don't feel like cooking when it's 90+ F in the kitchen.
My sister tried treatment with herbs but was not successful. She has much worse symptoms than I have though (she's been hospitalized multiple times) so I think I might have a shot at going med-free. I've never been so bad as to require hospitalization.
South Carolina wrote:
I just saw this on a friends FB page and I HAD to share:
"Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes" - William Gibson
I have had a few lengthy episodes that cleared up when certain people were removed
I agree with an earlier post about chemicals in our food supply. The further you get away from mainstream and mid-supermarket processed foods, the better chance of de-tox.
Germans have what they call a 'happy pill' It's St. John's Wort. (Johanniskraut). Most of our St. John's Wort pills are useless... you need the red oil... not dried leaves. And it takes about 2-3 months to get working on a very low but steady level.
The yellow flower is wildly abundant in the west.
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