is standard american diet associated with bipolar?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 25, 2012 at 2:12 PM

In the past I was eating a standard american diet. I drinked more than one liter of soft drinks everyday. Also I eated alot of processed food, trans fats and omega 6. Does diet like this associated with bipolar and bad mental health? Before i was taking risperdal for bipolar I was eating like that. About six months after taking risperdal, my diet gradually improved. not very healthy or paleo, but better than SAD. now i'm starting a paleo diet and hope to get off my risperdal because of side effects. I am taking 2mg risperdal and reduce to 1mg with doctor's guidance.

My question is, is it possible to get off risperdal with paleo diet - consideration that I was eating very unhealthy diet before I took the risperdal and some of the time that I taked risperdal.

Now my diet is consist of: animal products (meat, fish, eggs, cheeses) good fats from olive oil, butter, avocado and dietary supplement Omega 3 diet free of wheat, soy bad oils (canola oil, corn oil, soy oil etc) and rich omega 6 foods. about 150g carbs a day from white rice, fruits, vegetable, dark chocolate and potato.

A note: i'm not stoping risperdal without doctor's guidance, I am going to talk about my doctor about it.



on December 26, 2012
at 12:40 AM

You will have to go Paleo-ketogenic to have a better chance of making bipolar mostly asymptomatic (it will never go away completely, but it will be manageable): http://eugenia.queru.com/2011/11/22/paleo-ketogenic-diet-for-mental-disorders/ The plain paleo diet helps, but it doesn't reach the levels of the Paleo-ketogenic diet to treat mental conditions. Check the links on that article too.



on December 25, 2012
at 03:09 PM

Diet/nutrition is an oft-over looked factor by modern medicine. Though it's not the answer to all ills. The SAD is obviously not optimal, so improving upon that could have a positive effect on your "bipolar" (don't ask my opinion on whether folks diagnosed as "bipolar" or "depressed" are correctly diagnosed...)



on December 25, 2012
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on December 25, 2012
at 03:51 PM

I think poor diet and nutrition is associated with mental illness far more than is supported by the limited studies that have been done.

Good for you for taking control of your life! Just be very careful, and be very safe. Risperdal is nothing to mess around with, and the side effects from those type of drugs can be devastating. It's definitely worth trying to get off the hardcore drugs - if you can do it safely!

It is possible to get off the drugs safely, but I don't know that JUST diet can do it. Stay in as much therapy as you have access to/can afford, stay on top of your symptoms - journaling is recommended for a reason! if your doctor would prescribe it based on your case, see if you can keep an emergency stash of a benzodiazapene, like Klonopin, Valium, or Xanax, in case you need a quick help while you're weaning off the regular doses of anti-psychotics/major tranquilizers, or to use as needed instead of having a daily dose.

Even if the Paleo diet doesn't eliminate your need for the medication, consider staying on it anyway! Improved overall health can't hurt your mental health, and you may find life better on the diet even if you still need medication.

Best of luck, and again - stay safe!!!



on December 25, 2012
at 03:05 PM


on December 27, 2012
at 07:09 PM

Kudos for working with your doctor to reduce and perhaps stop taking Risperdal. Based on your question, you may find, "Gut And Psychology Syndrome" (Written by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, Weston A. Price Foundation), useful on your journey. Read more here: http://preview.tinyurl.com/clgy4mn.


on December 27, 2012
at 05:32 AM

I am bipolar (rapid cycling 2). Diet, rest and exercise. Diet - no artifical anything, no refined sugars. Rest, get the rest your body says it needs. Exercise, daily. After over 30 years on meds, I have been able to eliminate them. I'm not saying everyone can get off meds, since what they call bipolar is still a diagnosis based on observation - its not like you can take a blood test. Try cutting out the sugars, artifical ingredients &c. for 2 months and see how you feel while still taking your meds as the Pdoc says.



on December 25, 2012
at 03:57 PM

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