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Longest period in a normal state?

  1. johnshade profile image69
    johnshadeposted 7 years ago

    I'm Bipolar (rapid cycling) and I haven't had a mood swing for 3 months!!
    I'm not on medication and I sleep fine which is very rare.

    What could be happening? is it normal to be 'normal' for this long?
    Anyone Bipolar whats the longest time you have been in a normal state?

    1. Daniel Carter profile image80
      Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Are you type 1 or 2? Type 1's are usually the rapid cyclers.

      Your brain chemistry has stabilized for whatever reason, but unfortunately, it's temporary. Sometimes these "normal" states can last a few hours or even upwards of a year. The only way to correct the brain chemistry problem permanently is with continued use of drugs, by repairing the damage neuro-transmitter pathways to the brain. (The drugs help with that.) But you can also clean up nutrient assimilation and digestion problems by making sure all the nutrients the brain and body needs are available.

      I had some brain chemistry problems that mimicked bipolar about 14 years ago. It was due to severe, long-term trauma. Over the course of a few years, I was able to clean it up with some high-powered nutrients. I don't have any of those symptoms now and haven't had for about 6 years. I'm completely level.

      There are several factors that dictate whether or not a nutrient based regimen will help bipolars, the biggest being how much damage has been done to the brain and other organs in the body. As the disease progresses with no treatment, there is more damage. Much of it is irreversible. However, some are able to go on a nutrient based regimen which in time might help lower some of the meds dosages. In some cases where there is little damage, only an imbalance, a nutrient based program will correct it completely.

      There is never a silver bullet for this stuff. I've written about it since I've gone through some of it. The good news is that I'm completely at 100% now, and no symptoms.

      If you don't have a plan to manage your symptoms, your symptoms will over take you at some point. So this waiting period while your body is in a "normal" state could end abruptly and you will probably be pretty miserable. You need to prepare for what's going to happen next.

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        Heather \Seilerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Rapid cycling is a basically a seperate one all on its own.

  2. johnshade profile image69
    johnshadeposted 7 years ago

    Thanks, I'm type 2
    sometimes it's hard to accept i'm going to be this way for a life time
    I take high doses of fish oils and vitamins this may contribute to my normal state but i'm unsure.
    I heard of someone not having a mood swing for 15 years which really exicted me,

    I think you may have been bipolar, I have heard of people going normal on nutrients, I am yet to try this method, im glad you found something that works.

    I depise medication, it's just an awful reminder that i really am crazy

    1. Daniel Carter profile image80
      Daniel Carterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Meds are not fun, but when there is significant damage, it's a lot better than not going on them. Type 2's have a better chance at completely correcting with nutrient assimilation. I'm not trying to plug my hubs, but I have one that's got links in it that you might be interested in. I wrote it for strugglers based on my own experience. It's about nutrition deficiency and mental illness. You have to make sure you're getting powerful enough nutrients in order to correct it, and yes, essential fats like fish oil are VERY important.

      Basically that's why the brain is starving, not getting enough fats and other nutrients. Assimilation becomes a huge factor as to whether or not it will work. You have to give nutrient programs about a year to get their full effect.

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    Heather \Seilerposted 7 years ago

    It is very normal for people not to show any symptoms for long periods of time although from my personal experiences, the symptoms get worse when they come back (if they do come back). It is very unhealthy not to be on any medication while you are Bipolar because Bipolar gets worse when you are not on meds. I am not trying to push you to do anything, I am simply suggesting and letting you know the things that I have learned. smile Hope this helps.

    1. johnshade profile image69
      johnshadeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Heather, I guess I don't like the idea of taking medicine everyday is sort of a constant reminder that I am not normal.
      I however use short term drugs to sleep and calm me down.

      But thanks, it's got me thinking, I hope I would gather the courage one day to accept it.