Main Article on Bipolar Disorder Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your bipolar disorder? Submit Your Comment 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. 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. 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. 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. Comment from: weareallspecial, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 02 I recently entered a relationship with a man with BD. He had told me about it right from the beginning, which I felt was admirable. It gave me the chance to research the disorder and understand how to help him when the time of depression came around. He hadn’t been taking his meds for about 3 weeks, and I was patiently waiting for the ball to drop...when it did, it hit hard. Fortunately, we were able to get him back on medication right away, and get him back in "control" of his moods. As a friend of someone with BD, if I had to give anyone my advice or opinion, I would ask that you be in tune with what is going on in the life of the person with BD, make sure meds are taken every day, and don’t give up on this person, even though they want to give up on themselves. Be patient and don’t fight or get angry. Try to put yourself in their place because they are (he was) confused. Their minds really do race with all kinds of thoughts. Be the voice of reason and get the help they need ASAP. Comment from: Bipolar Girl, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I've been suffering from this disorder for almost 10 years now, and I feel my life is over and that I am a dead crazy mind inside a body that has lost meaning to live. The doctors never know what do to nor to prescribe and I don´t have any hopes there is any effective treatment for this. I am sorry. But I´ve been here, living with it, for so long and I am very unhappy and life is a huge pain for me, that is all I can tell, if you are sick, I feel your pain, if you know someone sick, be patient and show your affection for whoever it is, just try to be there for whoever you know suffers from it. Loneliness is one of the most terrible pains for someone with BD. Comment from: job, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 02 I display most of what has been said about BD (bipolar disorder). I know I have a kind of mild case, but for most of my depressive moments, what I feel is kind of a low self-esteem coupled with the inability to perform simple, practical duties. It helps that I have a habit of going to the swimming pool to get relief from my depression. There is something about that cool water that is greater than the effects of depression. I do not know what the answer can be scientifically speaking, but I regulate my depression by touching water, at least, whenever going swimming is not possible. Splashing water over my face and head gives me an amazing awakening and a great sense of relief. SLIDESHOW Bipolar Disorder: Symptoms, Testing for Bipolar Depression See Slideshow Comment from: Jeni, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I was diagnosed 15 years ago. I've taken medications off and on, but I really don't like the fact that most of them just make me dull. It's almost like all my feelings are washed away. I take two very mild meds now and I just try to ride out the extreme highs and lows. I also formed a support system of friends and loved ones that I can turn to in a time of crisis. I think that the decision for therapy and/or medications is a highly individual choice and you have to weigh your options and choose the best path for you. God Bless! Comment from: lil ebo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I noticed longer periods of stability and less severe episodes of both mania and depression once I started taking medication. 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. Comment from: CJ, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 02 I am Bipolar and suffered from extreme mania and mixed episodes for years. I am prescribed 600 mg. of Seroquel a day. I got used to the meds and I dont get drowsy. I feel this was the best medicine for manic episodes. Comment from: grateful1, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 Because I have not responded well to most commonly prescribed antidepressants, my psychiatrist started me on an MAOI Inhibitor called Selegiline. It is mostly prescribed for Parkinson's Disease, but it has the side effect of helping with depression because it balances out the brain chemicals. It also cuts down on anxiety, which was a huge problem for me. Selegiline therapy has significantly cut down my depression and provided me with a sense of calmness. Along with the Selegiline, I take Lithium, 300 mg, at night, as a mood stabilizer. The combination of these two medicines works for me like nothing else has in the past. Comment from: Slathermonkey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I have tried a bevy of medications and have varied success with each. I feel great at first but after a few weeks am back depressed. I feel so much better on my highs except for the anger. I recently had my first child and the hormone change was wonderful for my BD. My advice is to keep searching for the drug combo that will work. It takes time and is hard, but stopping meds does NOT help. Eat healthfully and exercise vigorously when you have the energy. That has worked the best for me. Good luck to every person out there fighting this. You are not alone! Comment from: pebbledbed100, 55-64 Female Published: August 02 My mom has been a depressive for two decades. This has fluctuated between mildly and severe. The last 5 years have been the most harrowing for her and the immediate family. Her depression has recently escalated into what has been diagnosed as bipolar depression. All avenues, we are partially certain of this, have been exhausted. Psychiatric and psychological help has been rendered futile. From primitive psychiatric medication -- which rendered her somewhat catatonic, her speech distorted, and normal reaction responses to a minimum -- coupled with numerous sessions of shock therapy have proved helpless. Some psychiatrists, although trying to help, we have cast away - as they pretty much terminated treatment as nothing has worked - a breach of medical ethics, I say. Comment from: Kitty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 02 I was diagnosed as being manic depressive when I was 31 years old, and have been taking lithium for 27 years. I feel very fortunate that it has worked for me. My children were very young when I was hospitalized, so I was highly motivated to cooperate. Now I get to enjoy my grandchildren. 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. QUESTION Another term that has been previously used for bipolar disorder is ___________________. See Answer Comment from: Ravismile, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: August 02 I am patient of BMD since 2005. After one year treatment I was returning to my general life, but due to leave of my treatment and medicines I again am a victim of BMD and again restart my medical treatment from physiatrist and now I’m spending a satisfying life. Sometimes I feel in depression, but my friends and my family member’s supports me to fight against my (BMD).