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Have You Reversed a Mental Illness with Food?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 26, 2013 at 9:06 AM

I'm a clinician looking for testimonials from those whose mental health condition may have resolved itself in part thanks to changes in diet.

Particularly those who have been diagnosed with a "mental disorder" in the past such as ADHD, Bipolar/Mania, Psychosis or Schizophrenia, Major Depression, or General Anxiety.

If this is you, tell us your story! I'm preparing for a series of talks and would like to include personal accounts along with the research.

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:27 PM

Absolutely -- feel free to contact me at [email protected] I'd love to hear from you.

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:26 PM

Wonderful -- it sounds like everything is starting to come together for you. IbS just complicates things, so hang in there and listen to your body. You'll make it. Thanks for sharing.

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on August 26, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Wow - thank you for sharing! I love the line "I'm angry that it was easy as changing my diet"....good way to put it. Thank you again. This is a great testimonial.

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on August 26, 2013
at 09:56 PM

Ditto: food has been a major tool in my mental health recover, but I would prefer to send that story to you directly.

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on August 26, 2013
at 08:33 PM

Could you add your email? I had an experience w/KP that I'd love to contribute, but it would be a little too long for the forum.

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on August 26, 2013
at 04:09 PM

ADHD since I was a little boy, now 28

I wouldn't say it's "cured" but then I am only about a month into this and only very recently got strict about it so we'll see how far it goes. I'm not going ketogenic but will consider testing it for a few weeks to a month in the future since I've read of the amazing benefits that can have for neurological disorders. I have gradually reduced carbs and eliminated wheat and almost all other processed foods, and taken other "Paleo" steps. The ADHD fix, of course, is almost a side effect of my whole life improving. I'm even putting on a little weight and my IBS is better - been 6'2" and 135 lbs for a couple years and worried. Already almost hitting 140 lbs.

I've noticed marked improvements already and I'm consuming less coffee/tea and further reducing my use of methylphenidate. I've been cutting back on the Ritalin for years but finally feel like I might completely eliminate it. Ironically, my main concern is the constipation I experience when I miss my morning dose, and Palo may fix that as well.

3502f79e2b38fb5ec60ee20c36b1ec8e

on August 26, 2013
at 10:26 PM

Wonderful -- it sounds like everything is starting to come together for you. IbS just complicates things, so hang in there and listen to your body. You'll make it. Thanks for sharing.

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on August 26, 2013
at 07:57 PM

I suffered from severe depression for over a decade--tried numerous anti-depressants + sleep aids. They always worked for a while and then by 6 month mark became useless. I eventually stopped taking them and resigned myself for a long life, fighting the despair. After eating a paleo diet and implementing a strength training routine for the past year, I feel like a totally new person. My mood is stable--shit has happened in my life, but it seems incredibly manageable. The dark, morose woman has been replaced with a vivacious and laughter-loving individual. I really do think that my addiction to sugar, gluten, and diet soda was really messing with me. I am angry that it was easy as changing my diet--if I had known this sooner, it maybe would have saved me some of the internal pain that I experienced.

3502f79e2b38fb5ec60ee20c36b1ec8e

on August 26, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Wow - thank you for sharing! I love the line "I'm angry that it was easy as changing my diet"....good way to put it. Thank you again. This is a great testimonial.

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