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  •  I have also found options to drugs, because I (16+ / 0-)

    have had so many bad effects from them.

    My condition, or that of my brain and endocrine system, could fit any variety of labels, from depressive to bipolar to heaven knows what all. One very hostile woman psychiatrist told me on my singular visit with her that I had a borderline personality. A psychologist told me he had observed me in a near-vegetative state.

    The emotional roller-coaster was linked to midlife changes women undergo, and the rest of the lifelong mixed emotional messages were from PTSD resulting from an abusive childhood. At one time the psychological horizon looked as though it would never clear.

    Then I fell into owning a health food store and began to study. I had a background in brain neurology and neurobiochemistry from college research, and knew that there were inhibitory and facilitatory pathways in the brain with distinct biochemistry, so I began to re-study some things I had learned in the past.

    Fish oil in adequate dosages was the first breakthrough. Not only did my joints feel better, my mood improved. Vitamin D3 I megadosed on for a few weeks, because my blood had titered way low in that nutrient. Up went the mood by more notches. Then I happened upon GABA - gaba amino butyric acid - for anxiety, and Holy Basil or tulsi to help cut the circulating blood cortisol that makes one feel stressed.

    At night I use valerian and melatonin to sleep, because I'm also a lifelong insomniac. I have to add the drug temazepam to sleep as well, but that is now the only psychoactive drug I take.

    You could say I have a mental illness, but my conclusion is that I have a brain biochemistry that needs balancing. Now that I have found out how to not descend into depression, not feel so anxious and stressed, and how to sleep more deeply, I don't really think I'm mentally ill. I think I have specific nutritional requirements that, when met, allow me to function well and feel emotionally in balance.

    I have, in the past, experienced desperation and extreme depression in my emotional life, felt uncontrollable anxiety, and had the sensation of unending, unendurable stress. But now that I have nutritional tools to deal with the situations life brings my way, I have the knowledge to help my emotions stay in balance without drugs.

    You can't go back and rewrite your past, but you can use your past to create your future. ~ Ray Lewis

    by 4Freedom on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 10:49:38 AM PST

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