on July 13, 2013
at 02:00 PM
Portlandpandy covered it great above, so I'll just add my 2 cents. Cut out Gluten. There are real links between gluten consumption and schizophrenia. Add some MCT oil or Coconut oil. It helps overall brain function.
on June 29, 2013
at 04:04 AM
I was diagnosed with bipolar II many years ago (along with treatment resistant-depression and depression with psychosis). I let go of all of the meds 3 years ago. Since then I've changed my food, exercised more, and other changes. I haven't had a significant mania episode in a long, long time. The depression (as you probably know) has been harder to eradicate.
I've been paleo (well, keto-modified paleo) again for the last few months. I've also started to realize that my anxiety--as well as years on psych meds (including a decade on Ritalin)--have blown my adrenals out.
It is important for me to remember that paleo is more than what I eat or don't eat, though that's important. It's also about using my body, and getting appropriate rest. As well, so much of this change is cumulative. Not only does it not happen overnight, I've had to put many pieces in place before I've notice a difference.
I recently made several changes that had a major effect on my mental health. If you'd told me a year ago that this would be the case, I would not have believed you. Here are some of them:
--started drinking bone broth
--started supplementing magnesium, potassium, and sodium (electrolytes) in a major way
--stopped eating nuts and eggs
--stopped drinking coffee
--using lots of coconut oil in my cooking
--went back to the gym (3 months ago) and lift
--walk a lot (though I've been doing that for a while)
--began taking niacin and crystalized Vitamin C
--testing out DHEA
I feel so much better that I cannot describe it. I am not depressed, I'm focused, I'm much more productive, I don't persevarate over stuff, and I am no longer anxious. (I think a lot of this relates to the electrolytes as I notice these changes after I started boosting them).
Note, however, that this is all n=1: what works for me may not work for you. You have to find what does. Paleo is a framework for eating and being (as I see it). Heck, this plan may not work for me 3 months from now, because we all change. I tell my friends I'm just a living test tube.
There are many websites that look at nutrition and for folks diagnosed with mental illness. If you have a hard time finding them, let me know.
It's helpful for me to remember that I didn't arrive in this place overnight, and that I had and have a lot of repair to do. Time.
I'm not blowing smoke up your butt: you can do it because if I can, anybody can. And keep coming here--people are very helpful.
on June 29, 2013
at 02:23 AM
It may very well help with depression/bipolar...I have a lot less depression ever since I cut gluten.I've never been formally diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but I have had manic/depressive episodes in the past, the most recent one was back in April and I was on paleo (although not strictly, I had been cheating). I don't know that paleo is a foolproof treatment for BPD, but it may very well help. Try it. I don't think it will do any harm.