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2 Personalities?!

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  • Posted By: rumplestiltskin
  • April 24, 2007
  • 08:26 AM

Hiya, I'm new to this forum but I have a major problem that's affecting my friendships, relationships, schoolwork, etc. I seem to have episodes of being very happy and cheerful (doesn't sound bad at the moment, but it gets worse). When I do feel good I'm humorous and optimistic but I'm also frantic/hyper and get confused easily. I turn suddenly and become angry, violent, tearful, jealous, really paranoid and depressed. It's hurting my friends as they do not know how to handle me. I wanted to know if there is a cure/treatment I could get. It's worrying me because I just want to be myself, I'm only 17. Please help me

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  • First of all Welcome to the board :D Maybe you should talk to a counselor. I found this to be very useful just to be able to talk to someone about my problems etc, it sounds cheesy, however, it really does help. The good thing is it's not life threatning (even though it feels terrible) and there are plenty of tools out there to take advantage of. A counselor would be really goood at working out your emotions with you and helping you cope. Have a posititve attitude ;) and keep your chin upHang in there you do not have 2 personalities (clinically). Everyone has "other"sides to them, trust me :-)If you get a chance read the book "Excuse me your life it waiting"Have a good day and remember to smile :)
    sosickofthis 31 Replies Flag this Response
  • At 17, vitamin deficiencies are very common and mood swings are a prime symptom. I think you might find that your moods balance out once you add a high quality natural multi-vitamin (Try Michael's Teen Girls) plus a calcium and magnesium supplement (Rainbow Light makes a good one with enzymes) along with some essential fatty acids (omega 3's - Carlson fish oil is the highest quality). As a bonus, you'll also have more energy and be smarter. Counseling is great but the problem may not be as psychological as it first appears. You'll save time and money, avoid a psycological label, years of SSRIs, and contribute to your health by trying this method first. Take it from a mental health counselor - In your age group, vitamins make a tremendous difference. Plus, if you're female, they may be related to pms, which is also traced back to guess what? A vitamin deficiency!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • I would referrer you to a psychologist or psychiatric. But there are other signs that you need to look for. Such as how often this occurs and if this has pursited for more than 6 months. It isn't anything to worry about. If your normally funtioning it could just be a change in chemicals in the brain such as noreprinephrine or serotonin levels specially since your only 17. Also are you female or male and what sort of life changes have occured with you? I would not say a diagnosis for this problem without seeing a psychriatrist or psychologist. But when this action does occur and you know you feel it coming on just breathd deeply till you feel it going away. If you need to step out of the room and calm down do so. Rationalize with yourself. Produce another activity that will counter balance your feelings. But dont become frightened by them or depressed. you have the ability to controll yourself till you are able to see a doctor. But don't be worried your problem doesn't sound like anything that can't be cured or suppressed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • This sounds more like a bipolar disorder if anything.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • At 17, vitamin deficiencies are very common and mood swings are a prime symptom. I think you might find that your moods balance out once you add a high quality natural multi-vitamin (Try Michael's Teen Girls) plus a calcium and magnesium supplement (Rainbow Light makes a good one with enzymes) along with some essential fatty acids (omega 3's - Carlson fish oil is the highest quality). As a bonus, you'll also have more energy and be smarter. Counseling is great but the problem may not be as psychological as it first appears. You'll save time and money, avoid a psycological label, years of SSRIs, and contribute to your health by trying this method first. Take it from a mental health counselor - In your age group, vitamins make a tremendous difference. Plus, if you're female, they may be related to pms, which is also traced back to guess what? A vitamin deficiency!I agree and yes, avoid labels.I would also recommend looking into Meditation, relaxation, yoga- specially read about Kundalini Yoga. Also Reiki would help you balance the body and mind and how you process your emotions, so everything goes smooth but you get to be your real self :).Best.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • As someone who has had psychotherapy, I would also suggest this route...I know it sounds woolly and vague but it can be very powerful. Don't worry about the stigma....many mant people have therapy...the most important thing is that you have already acknowledged that there is someting amis...and its not anything so severe as a personality disorder that you have...its all to do with emotions and how you cope...."confront and move on"
    kentishman 19 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks everyone. I think I do just need to talk myself out of it. And you're right, I don't really want to be labelled. I need to learn to be rational and probably more mature :) Thanks for all of your good advice
    rumplestiltskin 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks everyone. I think I do just need to talk myself out of it. And you're right, I don't really want to be labelled. I need to learn to be rational and probably more mature :) Thanks for all of your good adviceMy dear- I am glad you are around.Sometimes our mind is like a PC with a virus. I does not matter how many times we press 'reset', the virus is still there when the screen comes back.So don't allow guilt, anger, shame, anxiety, fear, etc- keep you away from getting help and from listening to your true spirit. You may want to meditate on what keeps you away from being mature and rational so you can start tracing the emotions or "bad habits" back to their origin. Even if you don't trace it all the way back but you start noticing the patterns of negative habits- that's good too! In other words, sometimes you have to ask yourself "Why do I do this? When did I started acting like this? What feelings or emotions are triggered by the situation? etc, etc.Some people like to write a journal, but I prefer meditation.In meditation I find it very productive if you start letting your mind run wild for a while like a drunken monkey- but don't try to refine or build on any ideas. Let the ideas run like clouds, see them come and go, and go, and eventually you'll run out of clouds or your mind alone will choose not to think on anything. Then when the sky is blue- in other words, your mind is calmer, you start asking questions, asking for hints.It takes a while to land and some answer, but it is refreshing because later on your mind is not all "busy, busy, busy".Ciao!
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please, please, please don't forget my advice on vitamins if reflecting on your feelings and actions doesn't change your behavior. I really can't stress nutrition and supplements enough.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Ok I've tried vitamins B and D and they seem to work quite well. I'm also taking iron supplements and they appear to be effective. I've started doing breathing exercises and meditation and that's pretty relaxing. Would things like going out for a run be any good? Because I used to run quite a lot but stopped (I can't remember why). Thanks again for being there everyone!x
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Oops. If a post comes up by someone unregistered and it's about them taking vitamins that's me lol (I forgot to sign in). I have been taking vitamins B and D, some iron supplements, and cod liver oil capsules. I've also started breathing exercises and meditation. I'm due to start a yoga class soon so I hope I'll be more relaxed and able to control my anger. Would exercise such as running/athletics/judo be good? I recently quit judo because I felt so down and I stopped running 3 years ago. I wondered if I shoud take up these again? Would it help? Thanks everyone for being there, I'm gradually getting back to my old happy self.xx
    rumplestiltskin 3 Replies Flag this Response
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  • Wow. It really sounds like you're on the right track. Meditation, exercise, vitamins. Yes, certainly get back into judo. I would only suggest that when your ready to replenish your vitamins, you skip the iron unless you're anemic, replace fish oil for the cod liver oil (you may be getting too much D), and get a multi-vitamin with everything (a good quality one like those found in a health food store), rather than just concentrating on a few.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • ok so now i've got a good pack of multivitamins, calcium and cod liver oil capsules. It seems to be working quite well and with regular exercise I think I could overcome my anger problems. Thanks(any other better suggestions for taking vitamins?)
    rumplestiltskin 3 Replies Flag this Response
  • Just don't forget to take magnesium along with the calcium - it's really important for proper utilization of the calcium and to have extra mag left over so it can do its own thing. Magnesium is a very common deficiency, and it's often left out of multivitamin and calcium supplements.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please remember that anger is a natural emotion. Meditate on the situations or things that make you angry- the key is to take the anger and turn it into positive energy and motivation that you can use to resolve conflict.Conflict is also natural- you should not avoid it at all cost, you should learn to find resolution of conflict.You have the right to be angry, but not to use explosive anger and unleash it on others. Sometimes showing your teeth, like an angry person is a good signal mechanism to tell people to back off. Remember to set your boundaries strong and don't wave respect- coz those are the twmo most common situations that are prone to give you damaging internal anger.Take Care.
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • Extreme mood swings...rage, grief, anxiet, depression go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com it has nothing to do with hummingbirds and everything to do with what you are describing go to L side of home page to list of symptoms at bottom of first paragraph there is a link for symptoms summary go there, scroll down a bit and write down every symptom you have...there will be symptoms you never paid attention to or things you could never figure out because they seemed to random or unrelated in any way...PLEASE LOOK...mommy cat
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • eh just like to say, when i was your age, the food i age really affected my moods! up and down. if i was on a bad diet of mcdonalds and fast food i was quite moody and low. Keep a food diary, food makes more of an impact than you think!
    Hopeful 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • Extreme mood swings...rage, grief, anxiet, depression go to www.ahummingbirdsguide.com it has nothing to do with hummingbirds and everything to do with what you are describing go to L side of home page to list of symptoms at bottom of first paragraph there is a link for symptoms summary go there, scroll down a bit and write down every symptom you have...there will be symptoms you never paid attention to or things you could never figure out because they seemed to random or unrelated in any way...PLEASE LOOK...mommy catI just red about "How to treat ME" and let me tell you, it is lame!It basically tells you not to HAVE A LIFE- so you can stay in remission:Work towards learning to accept your illness Acceptance of the limitations of the illness at as early a stage as possible is crucial. Accepting illness does not mean happily resigning yourself to your fate and to being severely ill for the rest of your life, but is about acknowledging the realty of your illness; acknowledging that it isn’t something that is going to just conveniently disappear if you ignore it for long enough and/or that there is no quick fix or ‘miracle cure’ available and that it is something you will have to deal with and adjust to – at least for now.What the heck?:confused:Oh yeah and avoid stress, geesh---so forget about the 6 figure salary- you just can't work it out and learn how to use the stress, you have to avoid it at all cost!I am going to go to scream on a pillow...:mad:
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
  • EATAFRUIT... I wish I had a nickle for everytime I screamed into a pillow...They can say whatever they want about treatment but if we look into non-traditional remedies as well as our bodies as a celestial balance then perhaps there are ways of coping.... Are you thinking this may be what is affecting you? I wish you would understand that I have been sick for years and have just recently found this info...I'm already looking into yoga, reiki, NAET and anything else anyone is willing to share with me so that I may begin my healing(physically and mentally)...
    mommy cat 1654 Replies Flag this Response
  • EATAFRUIT... I wish I had a nickle for everytime I screamed into a pillow...They can say whatever they want about treatment but if we look into non-traditional remedies as well as our bodies as a celestial balance then perhaps there are ways of coping.... Are you thinking this may be what is affecting you? I wish you would understand that I have been sick for years and have just recently found this info...I'm already looking into yoga, reiki, NAET and anything else anyone is willing to share with me so that I may begin my healing(physically and mentally)...No, this is not affecting me- that's just a huge umbrella term.If I may, I would say, that letting this website go and forget about it might be beneficial for you.Check out Louise L. Hay, and Deb Sahpiro instead, also Ray Francis "Never Be Sick Again" - Francis is the Chemical guy, he talk about paths of toxicity, defficiency, laughter, etc. I just feel that the humming bird website is not sending the right message.I do scream on a pillow, and it is not to cope, I don't have to cope with my anger, I am very comfortable with it- I could not live w/o it.Ohhh and "The Dance of Anger"- great book!http://reikidharma.com/en/reiki/news/en_news_index_low.htmlSome of these newsletter get really good.Ciao!
    Eatafruit78 960 Replies Flag this Response
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