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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 27, 2006
  • 06:17 AM

I am a 19 year old female. I've been dx with anxiety, depression, OCD, and now bipolar. I don't think I have bipolar, but my doctors seem to think otherwise. My symptoms: worry alot, waking up feeling angry and it lasts all day, insomnia, feel like i want to jump out of my skin, crying alot, isolate myself, just typical anxiety/depression symptoms, but i have a weird one that i can't even explain really...but I'll try. It's like I feel so overwhelmed by everything; noise, objects, surroundings, people, sights, light, etc. Sometimes things don't feel right or its like I'm to sensitive to it. But, this feeling makes me feel constantly angry because I can't just shut it off. So, I'm basically walking around all day feeling keyed up, on edge, overwhelmed by everything, and frustrated. Not a way to live. I'm not sure if its an anxiety symptom or if its a sensory dysfunction or caused by something in my diet/envirnoment. I do drink a lot of diet soda, caffeine, frappucinos, and sweets. Any advice would be appreicated. Also, I should mention when I first noticed this effect. I was taking an herbal supplement (Cortislim) and I think that's what started it, but it won't go away...and its been almost 1 year now. Ive been on so many meds, im sick of meds. They make things soo much worse. The way I feel is equivilant to how i feel when I PMS. Infact, the month it didnt go away, i was expecting it to right after my period ended, but everything just stayed...so I don't know whats wrong. There was one period of time I felt "normal" this past summer. I was on Lexapro, on the South Beach Diet, and off coffee or anything made with artificial sweetener. Please help if you can.

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  • Boy you sound like you are all wound up. I have to qualify this. I am not a medical doctor and thus cannot give you advice about whether you have bipolar disorder or not. But one thing I do hear is that you may be consuming way way too much sugar for your own good.First, I would get off all the sugar. That is very stimulating and is probably sending your blood sugar in horrible spikes and crashes and would make worse any condition you do have. Believe me sugar does not have any therapeutic value except in the emergency room in IVs. Have you ever been told by any doctor at any point in your life that you need to eat more sugar? Probably not. To help inspire you, you might want to get a copy of the book Sugar Blues, by Duffy. It's a fast read. If eaten late at night sugar can stimulate adrenals and cause insomnia. It can almost make you feel crazy if you eat enough of it and it depletes mineral and vitamin stores. I know. I went through one night of ***l where I consumed way to much sugar and I lay awake all night intensely jittery and feeling like I was going to snap. I felt lucky to wake up the next day. That's how bad it was.Giving up sugar is not easy. But here is a good place to start. This is how I lost weight when I was your age and good practices have kept me healthy even into my late 40s.Don't drink or eat anything sweet for your first meal of the day. Avoid cold cereals as they are usually loaded with sugar. Eat a protein breakfast such as cooked cereal and milk (or rice milk if your lactose intolerant) or toast and eggs or an omelet or something like that. Even beans and rice on a tortilla. Be creative. Just because you have never eaten a "non-breakfast" food for breakfast before doesn't mean you can't start now. If you eat sugar at the first meal it will cause your blood sugar to spike and then you will crash. So no doughnuts and sodas for breakfast.Allow yourself your sweet drink in the middle of the day after you have eaten a healthy lunch, but don't make it soda. Buy fruit juices and drink these instead. But don't buy any with additional sugars added. Be careful of smoothies as commercial establishments may be adding hidden sugars. Dilute whatever you purchased with filtered water to where you feel like your sweet tooth is satisfied, but not overstimulated. But don't stay at this level. Start adding more water on a daily basis so that you are gradually drinking more water than juice and then eventually you are drinking mostly water. What you are doing is getting your body used to less sugar.If you tend to drink mochas and other hot sweet drinks, try finding herbal teas that would help you with whatever health issues you are facing and that taste good too. There is a good line of herbal teas in America called Traditional Medicinals. I like their teas for women's health, but I also drink their Ginger Aid tea which tastes good and is good for the digestive tract. It can help with things like nausea. It's a general all-around tonic.You mentioned PMS symptoms that are akin to what you are feeling. If you are comparing PMS with your symptoms it sounds like you are having pretty bad PMS. You probably are low in some minerals and vitamins that are calming of nerves. For instance Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc. If you can find a copy of the following book you may want to read it: Mental and Elemental Nutrients: A Physician's Guide to Nutrition and Health Care. I don't think bipolar disorder is covered in it, but it goes into great depth about how nutrition affects mood and mental health. If you start reading this book I think you will become convinced about the role diet plays in health.If you are fond of desserts choose desserts that are the healthiest you can find and only buy desserts that are sold in very small portions. Don't keep goodies in your house. If there is pressure in your workplace to eat sweets, tell them you went to the doctor and he has ordered you off sweets. You'll get more support if people believe you have to avoid them, then if you are just on a diet. There are always people who sabotauge attempts at weight loss. I take it you went on the South Beach Diet to lose weight.Did you follow that diet and did you notice any problems when you were on it. If you cut out all carbs this could cause problems. I don't necessarily think low-carb diets alone are the problem, but if they advise cutting poor quality refined carbs without recommending replacements then you may have been running on empty in regards to some vitamins that would help you with some of your symptoms. In other words if you are cutting out white bread, white rice and potatoes make sure you replace them with whole grains as these contain a lot of essential vitamins that you need.Years ago I went on a diet recommended where I was supposed to cut all carbs for two weeks in order to diagnose a yeast condition. Well within the first week my heart started racing, I felt fatigued and dizzy, really off-balance. I couldn't stay on it and I am glad I didn't. Probably the diet was deficient in some of the B vitamins. It's pretty scary when your heart starts acting irregularly.While you are doing this try to find out what constitutes a wholesome diet. I would find a nutritional counselor or naturopath or chiropractor who has a wholistic approach, who can teach you about proper eating habits. Or start reading books about nutrition. I'm skeptical of a lot of these fad diets. There are a few out there that I think are really good diets. The body ecology diet I think is one of the better ones. I would investigate supplementation that would help to relax you such as Calcium/Magnesium Citrate (which is more absorbable). Calcium and magnesium are quite calming. As to the your diagnosis of BiPolar Disorder. My tips may not solve your problem, but they could get you to a calmer place where you can start to see positive changes.Good luck.
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