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  •  After my ADD/ADHD diagnosis in my 40s, (17+ / 0-)

    I was put on a variety of drugs for six weeks at a time to see if I could find symptomatic relief. There were components beyond the ADHD diagnosis, like PTSD and insomnia, to contend with as well.

    After a week on Bupropion, I began to think there might be something to psych meds after all. Then, from my waist up, I developed a severe allergy. My eyes swelled, as did my nose, ears and throat. I was fighting for air. If I didn't know about Benadryl and vitamin C to help block anaphylactic shock, things might have gotten interesting.

    Because of years of struggling with off-moods and some unsettling periods of endogenous depression, as well as my lack of response or bad reactions to most meds, I used my clinical research background to try to find nutritional ways to balance mood, and I found some that worked for me.

    It took a leap of faith to unplug from the conventional medical route that had done nothing to stabilize my mood. And it took years of experimentation and study to find herbs and supplements that had a real impact on mood.

    I became so involved at seeking alternatives to physical and emotional health that I now own a health food store. Since then, I have unearthed some options that help to keep what were former symptoms in balance. I use Holy Basil, also known as tulsi, for stress, GABA (gamma amino butyric acid) for panic attacks, and the DHA fraction of fish oil for anger management (I have found that my sudden-onset anger is imbalanced brain biochemistry). Also 20,000units of vitamin D3 can help less-than-sunny moods, formerly known as depression.

    At the store, I can share my personal findings. But I realize that others will have a different biochemistry, and that my solutions may not have universal application. However, many customers at the store have benefited from some of the above suggestions.

    The one helpful supplement that I can't take at all is Sam-E. If there is a bipolar component to someone's depression, Sam-E can cause gastric upset. But if there isn't, some customers say it has really helped.

    Mental illness and emotional imbalance are not to be taken lightly. I understand that the severely ill may need help beyond the nutritional. But a careful combination of both diet and nutrition, because improper diet can profoundly impact mood, can help balance emotional imbalance for many. Sugar Blues is for real! The rollercoaster ride that a high-sugar diet puts some people on can be an emotional and physical health disaster.

    I hope those with mental illness and severe emotional suffering find help, wherever they can. Mental illness is a disease that can destroy lives, as I well know.

    Thanks for the diary and for being so open about your situation. I'm glad you have found relief.

    Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell

    by 4Freedom on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 07:43:58 AM PST

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    •  My partner (3+ / 0-)
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      has tried amitriptyline and nortriptyline with similar side effects, that usually start after the same time period. We are learning that any "blocker" tends to be a problem. Thus, things he wanted to take for FM, including pregabalin, lyrica, and especially neurontin caused a lot of physical problems. It turns out that the FM (in his case) is most likely caused by immune dysfunction and activated Zoster/possibly other herpes anyway, as his FM went away when a bout of viral meningitis was treated with lots of acyclovir.

      We haven't been able to figure out why the immune dysfunction is occurring. It might be related to ADHD/PTSD, or it might be related to other drugs, such as klonipin (which he no longer takes, for ineffectivity).

      He's been referred to an infectious disease specialist, but once they heard "fibromyalgia" some switch clicked off and they can barely be bothered to schedule a single appointment (they're mostly HIV specialists anyway). I guess I will have to find one who supports the virus idea and isn't necessarily on my insurance. But we will try the non-believers first.

      Misconduct by the government is by definition NOT a government secret.

      by Doug in SF on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 10:36:55 AM PST

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      •  There has been lots of good research (0+ / 0-)

        surrounding FM as virus-linked. Antivirals have been found to help symptoms as varied as GI distress and FM.

        Instead of antibiotics as an antiviral, you might look into olive leaf extract or oil of oregano for long-term use as an antiviral.

        Good luck!

        Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations. ~ George Orwell

        by 4Freedom on Fri Jan 03, 2014 at 02:20:43 PM PST

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