What do you feel about the gung-ho types who insist they control their bipolar with nothing but supplements and 10 hours of sleep a night? I am getting a little upset at having to defend my choice to medicate my daughter. I don’t doubt that this DOES work for some people and that these things can be effectively used in conjunction with therapy and meds. I just get worried that people diss meds. They can be life-saving and I KNOW how bad my daughter is without them. Without them she’d probably be dead. So, no I don’t LIKE the fact that she takes them, but the alternative is worse and supplements alone will just not cut it.
Wow, so this pretty much goes hand in hand with Friday’s Post, yet it’s still a little different. As I stated Friday, I feel the same as you. I don’t LIKE that my son is on meds, but I know he needs them.
In and “ideal” world we’d all be able to control our Bipolar with supplements, therapy, extra sleep and exercise. I’m a big fan of this ideal world too. Seeing as I’m already exercising, going to therapy, and I am in LOVE with sleep and all extra hours I can devote to it. I’d just need to add in some fish oil (BLECK) for Omega 3’s and maybe some St. Johns Wart or other such natural supplements. But for me, and for many Bipolarees, that’s just not how it works for us.
I had a VERY rough weekend this past week. As stated above, I am running and sleeping as I should be. I’m taking my meds and at the same time every day. I’m following all the rules … but I still felt horrible. Thoughts of tossing the meds in the trash and other such things crept into my mind and I just wanted to hide in a hole till I felt better. BUT, I’ve been here before. And I did toss my meds in a trash and other such things. Want to know where I ended up? I’ll give you a hint. They cut the string out of my pajama pants as a “safety precaution” and the food there sucked! Yep, that’s right, I found myself a ticket to the hospital.
This time I’ve stayed on my meds despite my feelings that they aren’t working and I made it through the weekend. Even when it feels like our meds aren’t cutting the mustard, they are really the thing stopping us from breaking. Meds are what hold us together when we get in our worst moments.
Can a supplement do that? To be honest, I have no clue. But if I’m being honest (which I kinda have a habit of doing) I don’t want to find out. I don’t want to take the chances of not having a mood stabilizer to hold me together when my brain is waging a war in hopes of tearing me apart. And as for my son, I can’t fathom taking that chance with him. I don’t feel like it’s fair to go against the advice of a licensed professional just so I can try to keep his treatment more ‘natural’.
I did a little research, mainly to make sure I wasn’t spouting out opinions without knowing the facts. Here’s what I found…
One website state;
“Nutritional supplements are sometimes used to treat bipolar disorder, though it is important to discuss any changes to your treatment with your doctor. These nutritional methods are not meant to replace your medication or therapy sessions and are generally used to naturally complement these traditional approaches.”
“…such supplements do not offer any cure for a condition like bipolar disorder, and often provide few benefits.”