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By jayabee52 Latest Reply 2014-06-10 00:02:54 -0500
Started 2014-05-25 20:21:41 -0500

This is not DIRECTLY applicable to Diabetes Mellitus, but many PWDs (people with diabetes) have this as a co-morbid mental health and medical problem. Many others have it and don't know or suspect they have it. Fewer than half of Americans with bipolar disorder are properly diagnosed and treated, recent research shows. Could you spot bipolar symptoms – in yourself or in someone close to you? See this article on the subject ~

I know several folks who have BiPolar disorder, and I suspect others of having it.

This is not to denigrate folks who have it or who are suspected of having it, but is instead intended to help people who may have it and not know it to urge them to get diagnosed and get some help for their lives.

Praying God's best for you and yours

James Baker

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stacydalton 2014-06-05 22:14:20 -0500 Report

I am addicted to this feed! As a refresher - I suffered with migraines, hypoglycemic seizures, extreme moodiness, depression, social anxiety, fatigue, rapid on-set REM, narcolepsy (very mild), and a variety of other mental issues that resulted in ZERO social relationships. My husband and my kids were the only people I could tolerate and that could tolerate me. I started juicing and avoiding gluten and sugars / carbs…and changed a few other things in my diet- and have had AMAZING results. After talking to my mother-in-law…who is severely bi-polar, she implemented some dietary changes (basically a hypoglycemic diet) and has changed for the better. I had the first conversation with her (in 17 years), and my husband talked to her for the third time in his life after she started this. Candida diet - it's on-line everywhere. But, "they" are finding that Candida (yeast / fungus / mold) is in our systems from meat (antibiotics fed to animals), sugar, gluten, grains, wheat, certain nuts, dairy, our own antibiotic rx…the list goes on and on. I can't describe to you all the changes that this has made in my life. Please just look up Candida - there are tons of great videos and research. Of course, everyone is different, and everyone is affected differently - but this was my major health problem! Apparently, our hypothalamus is regulated by blood sugar - the hypothalamus regulates hunger, thirst, moods, relationship behaviors, parenting behaviors, sleep patterns, etc. So…after doing research on how blood sugar affects the hypothalamus, and how Candida affects blood sugar and our body…I was convinced. Seriously, I can't describe the difference. No one should live in a fog, suffering, depressed, or in pain (mental or physical). I know this isn't everyone's problem - but if I could just help one person…I would feel blessed.

jayabee52 2014-06-06 17:42:15 -0500 Report

Howdy Stacy
this is quite interesting. Will have to research it more.
God's best to you and yours
James Baker

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 12:59:54 -0500 Report

Bipolar disorder runs very heavy in my immediate family including my ex husband and his family members as well. It's not a crime to admit that u have problems and need help for them. I know the signs and symptoms very well and u feel like ur living on a rollercoaster ride with ur loved ones because u want to be able to help them and can't.

mills23456 2014-06-01 14:40:59 -0500 Report

Diabetics often have mood swings. I found that many of mine went away when I added a supplement to my daily regimen. Also, men can struggle with NPD which is almost always not diagnosed and understood very little by most counsellors

RainSoul 2014-05-30 02:03:53 -0500 Report

I've had major depression for as long as I can remember and never once have I felt like my meds helped in any and I have tried several different SSRI's.

I've wondered if I may be bipolar but I don't feel like I fit the typical "manic" Description. When I'm happy I'm really happy and when I'm sad I'm sad

I don't feel like I have any crazy symptoms though…

Type1Lou 2014-05-31 09:19:18 -0500 Report

Back in late 2011, I sought help for clinical depression. The psychiatrist tested my B12 levels and found they were very low. I started getting B12 shots and taking a daily sub-lingual B12 vitamin and, within 6 months, I was back to my old self and was discharged from his care. Have your B12 levels been checked?

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 13:04:57 -0500 Report

yes my b12 levels are checked once a year because I am a post gastric bypass patient since Feb 2004 and I take my b12 regimens and I still get moodswings at times during the month.

jayabee52 2014-05-30 14:53:22 -0500 Report

When I was in real deep depression (used to describe it that I was "in the basement digging holes") I never felt crazy. In fact I would insist that I was quite sane.

However you might have a mild form of BiPolar disorder, as there are definitely different kinds ( see ~ http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/b... ) I would refer you to your mental health professional for more info and perhaps to see if you might be affected with this disorder in some form. I know reading the article to which I just linked, got me thinking that perhaps I may have one of the milder forms myself.

Dr Gary
Dr GaryCA 2014-05-29 15:46:36 -0500 Report

Hi James,

This is a really important topic. So much mental illness goes undiagnosed, including bipolar disorder. This is a treatable condition.

Asking for help is the first step. I hope more people will that that step.



TopazDee 2014-05-27 11:08:07 -0500 Report

For all those who need help managing Bi-Polar or any similar ailment and those that believe in or would open up to Alterative Therapy please let me try to help you, I have had great success in this field.
I am a Usui Reiki Crystal Therapy Practitioner just contact me saying you are a D sufferer and what you wish to have help with to "johndee6@hotmail.com small" you have nothing to loose but could have a life to regain, This is NOT in replacement to your own medical instructions I work along side them.
Stay safe Dee (Topaz) xxx

GabbyPA 2014-05-29 08:35:28 -0500 Report

How do you do Reiki remotely? I have done it in person with direction from a practitioner on my husband when we didn't know what else to do. It worked well, and I was surprised at how I felt the release of his energy. But I didn't think you could do something like that without it being in person.

TopazDee 2014-05-31 07:39:51 -0500 Report

I do it with my mind and with the power of the Archangels also crystals I use the crystals appertaining to client DOB ect: the Bi-polar crystals, it takes many hrs to prepare for it on the set date and time both of us light the colour candle of the day relax to gentle music (I use meditation music)holding the crystals running them through the crystals in a meditation mode I can see the client and give them the healing, takes a good undisturbed hour.
Hope that has explained your query Gabby-I don't do hands on healing as I don't like to risk passing my ailments on to others.
Stay Safe x

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-26 21:31:02 -0500 Report

Jame I agree with you. There are so many people walking around who may not know they are bipolar. I think like diabetes, there is a far worse stigma attached to mental illness.

Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. Unfortunately many families won't accept mental illness and will not help their family members until their problems get to the point help is needed. I agree people should get tested and treated.

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 13:15:09 -0500 Report

I totally agree with what u are saying Jame;-) A lot of ppl I know act like us with whom have mental illness get treated like we have the plague or something. It's very sad if u ask me.

cdbamerson 2014-05-26 21:10:09 -0500 Report

I suffer from Major Depression with Anxiety. I had a dr try to diagnose me as Bipolar but I blew him off. May need to revisit the idea. I'm T1D

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-26 21:36:10 -0500 Report

I use to suffer from Major Depression and Anxiety. I have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. One day while talking with my therapist I decided that the depression and anxiety was getting on my nerves. I got tired of it. With hard work, the help of my therapist, I learned what to do about the depression and anxiety. I was able to get off the drugs used to treat my depression and anxiety and I never looked back. I still have moments but they don't last more than a week before I can get back on track. Once I decided that I was not going to live the rest of my life with depression and anxiety, my life became much better.

johio 2014-05-26 20:43:46 -0500 Report

I have been diagnosed with major depression, not bipolar, but it would not surprise me to find that depression and bipolar disorders are somehow linked with diabetes.I juggle medications for those two with meds for high blood pressure and allergies. Sometimes it is hard to know what any particular symptom might mean—is it because of blood sugar? depression? medications? allergy symptoms? etc.Biggest example of this month-fatigue. Allergies make you tired. Allergy meds make you tired. Blood sugar irregularities, anemia,depression, etc., etc., etc.All I KNOW is, I feel tired

funnygirl98 2014-05-31 10:37:16 -0500 Report

I have the same conditions as u do and I ask myself the same question why am I so tired all the time along with having no energy to do anything.

jayabee52 2014-05-26 22:29:15 -0500 Report

I have come to the conclusion that the reason that it is hard to know what a particular symptom might mean is that we are humans and have baffling symptoms.
That is why it is important to get those symptoms checked our by a MD who can run tests and can often ask questions which reveal a symptom which may be hidden to us.

TopazDee 2014-05-26 12:50:45 -0500 Report

Hi James am so pleased to be off all D medication as I am back to my own laid back loveable self not the ranting raving fishwife I was on them,
It wasn't until after I realise what a horrible person I was screaming all sorts to my poor husband.
I must admit that it did teach me not to sit and take any "red tape" crap and not to be put down, so I have fortunately emerged a stronger person.
Stay safe xxx

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:44:35 -0500 Report

Glad you are off D meds and that you're now a stronger person due to your experiences.

God's best to you and yours

caregiver brandy
caregiver brandy 2014-05-26 10:31:17 -0500 Report


funnygirl98 2014-06-04 13:34:18 -0500 Report

Thank you Brandy;-) I'll keep u in mind next time I need to vent and it helps me to be able to talk to someone who has been in my shoes and knows how I'm feeling;-) God bless u and ur husband!

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:48:37 -0500 Report

I could not imagine what it would be like when you are both BPD. I would say "challenging" would be rather mild.

Thanks for offering to serve as a resource to others

God's blessing to you as well


fatso200 2014-05-26 10:21:11 -0500 Report

What about extreme rage ongoing rage?

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:42:34 -0500 Report

It could indeed be a part of the manic phase of the BPD. Have you sought out the help of a competent mental health authority on this?

fatso200 2014-05-27 10:27:30 -0500 Report

Last year I suffered from an episode of extreme anger and had difficulty controlling it. I found that when the dr increased my medication it brought it down considerably.

nikeone 2014-05-26 08:41:13 -0500 Report

Hi there James, you have launched an interesting discussion here! But are you sure that this cannot not be directly linked to DM? Some researchers and health practitioners would assert that there is a common metabolic component linking DM and the bipolar spectrum of disorders, and BOTH may be reversed through adopting ketogenic nutrition (I tend to avoid the term diet as much as possible) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23030231

Also, amino acid therapy may be employed in the reversal of the bipolar spectrum of disorders http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/... Of course, more research is necessary, and a qualified, experienced health professional should be sought when seeking to undertake these routes - but these look promising..

evaziem 2014-05-26 11:39:55 -0500 Report

Speaking about a low-carb diet and preventing chronic diseases like diabetis 2, look at this recommendation from Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) in conjunction with Oregon State University:

If we followed their advice and ate SIX servings of GRAINS, we would have no place for other food!!! I am a member of this Institute and they sent me a printed version of this FOOD PIE. I am going to cancel my membership based on this pie!!!

LPI's pie is and example of SAD (Standard American Diet). Because of these plant based foods AKA carbs, we have so many health problems…
Such a prestigious organization and such a poor understanding of what carbs can do to a healthy person—-make him sick!

LPI's pie is an improvement comparing to the official new food pie by FDA:
that does not have any fats and it shows MORE than 100% (see that little diary circle?). Also, FDA's pie mixed the terms. Either we use proteins, fats and carbs or meats, veggies, fruits, etc…

Both pies recommend about 75% (by weight, I guess) of carbs as daily intake… WRONG!!! Too much!

evaziem 2014-05-26 11:26:31 -0500 Report

Ketogenic? High-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrat food. So interesting? Carbs are bad for us in this way also!
No surprise to me… especially with grains!!!

jigsaw 2014-05-26 08:40:38 -0500 Report

The more you look, the more you'll find. Now, I know I'm not 100% balanced, but, I'm having a good time, with no harm being caused. Seriously, I dislike labels, unless it has to do with a very serious problem, that is robbing one of quality in life.

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 13:42:12 -0500 Report

I totally agree!!! I hate having to read labels all the time myself and I look at it this way… everything in moderation;-)

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:34:47 -0500 Report

I know several people who have BPD and one of them was my "Jem's" best friend from grade school. She did have a great job as a hospital runner in the medical department, but her BPD would get her in interpersonal conflicts and eventually got her fired. She is unable to find work and her husband spends his weekends on his motorcycle doing long distance runs. "C" is suspicious that her hubby ("A") is seeing another woman on these runs and I wouldn't be surprised if the next time I call C (I like to keep in touch) that one or the other has filed for divorce.

So unless I nave mistaken your posting, I would say that has to do a lot with quality of life.

jigsaw 2014-05-26 20:11:02 -0500 Report

I received this link in my e-mail, and almost posted it myself. I agree that the article mentions some possibilities, and info worth being aware of and alerted to. On the other hand, labels can be dangerously devastating, especially when there is a mis-diagnoses involved. Also an inaccurate judgmental conclusion especially by an unqualified individual could have negative, and far reaching consequences. So, what I apparently did not clarify in my post was that there should be a great deal of caution exercized, when it comes to this subject in general. I firmly believe this inclusion to be a positive addition to an informative post.

GabbyPA 2014-05-26 08:09:15 -0500 Report

I never knew these things were linked to being bi-polar. I would think they were just bad life choices. I have spurts of spending, specially after I have been very restrictive for a long time. But it usually only lasts one day. But it is something to look at.

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:53:12 -0500 Report

Just this one facet of BPD does not a Dx make, Gabby. I believe that the kind of spending which to which is referred is spending that gets the sufferer into financial hot water and may necessitate bankruptcy or other financial assistance.

GabbyPA 2014-05-26 20:52:41 -0500 Report

Nope, learned my lesson when I went from being employed to not. That was hard to change things fast enough to keep from sinking.

Jan8 2014-05-26 06:33:14 -0500 Report

Hi James, Yes I noticed these symptoms right away and got treated for bipolar disease. My doc says I have bipolar depression but now I hear there is no such thing anymore. Well whatever it is,it is Just treat it !!
It took quite awhile to get just the right meds for me but now I'm in the pink !!

kevEchan 2014-05-26 06:32:51 -0500 Report

That was very courageous of you to write about this issue. I hope anybody suspecting they may have this condition explores it with a physician. It is very treatable.

Tony5657 2014-05-26 04:45:20 -0500 Report

Thanks James! Our youngest son, now 27, is bipolar, and I found this article very informative. Here is another link from the Everyday Health group that may help.
Our son is a constant challenge & is unable to support himself. He is seeing a doctor through the local Mental Health, Mental Retardation group and is on medications. But with his other disabilities, ADHD and neurofibromatosis and our ages, 66 and 70, I'm not sure how much longer we can give him the care he needs.

Hey, I know, we should ship him to you! LOL Seriously, thanks for the link.

Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:06:46 -0500 Report

Thanks Tony for sharing your link. I checked it out and see it is a treasure trove of resources for BiPolar sufferers and those who love them. I recommend everyone to check it out.

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 14:17:22 -0500 Report

Thank you jaybee for ur input… I'll be sure to check it out for my daughter is bipolar and severe adhd and has other emotional/behavioral problems and disorders so I pray this will help me be able to get further help for my daughter. God bless!

AuntieM234 2014-05-26 02:50:42 -0500 Report

I completely agree with you, my friend. Even diagnosed, bipolar disorder can be devastating to a family.

The person with the disorder must be willing to actively participate in the diagnosis and treatment, which doesn't come easily to some, if any, of those afflicted. Then, when medication helps with symptoms, they must continue,taking them. Unfortunately, sometimes they mistakenly stop taking the meds, because they think they no longer need them.

I know from first hand experience this disorder can lead to suicide and I urge anyone who suspects they or a loved one may have bipolar disorder to seek professional help.

Chefzoom 2014-05-26 01:59:53 -0500 Report

My ex is bipolar but not diabetic. Her mood swings were beyond PMS and went from one extreme to the other. She also suffered from some paranoia as well. But her bipolar disorder had been medically diagnosed and she was taking meds for it. But more often than not she would skip her meds or just not bother to take them at all. She also liked her afternoon cocktails which would further exacerbate or trigger her disorder. I tried being supportive, but when a partner becomes the brunt or target of a near-daily bipolar-induced tirade it becomes very tough to cope with someone so disordered. And that's why she's my "ex".

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 14:24:33 -0500 Report

I totally understand u chef… my ex is exactly the same as ur ex and would refuse to take his meds because he didnt like the way they made him feel… I and my daughter both were severely abused by him on a daily basis and so I couldn't take it anymore and am now divorced from him will be 9 years on my birthday July 7th next month. The judge was kind enough to set me free sort of speak for my birthday.

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:24:54 -0500 Report

I am sorry Chef, that you had to undergo all that abuse. I had my abuse at the hands of my ex, but she was more subtle than your ex.

Chuck Fisher
Chuck Fisher 2014-05-25 23:34:23 -0500 Report

The study indicated that "Compared to the other 10 countries studied, the United States had the highest rate of bipolar disorder…" Is the reason for that genetic or environmental? Could diet play a role in bi-polar disorder?

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:22:47 -0500 Report

Chuck, there could be a number of factors in play here and sorting those out could be a real mindbender. It COULD be that the USA has more abliity to Dx these disorders, or more impetus from Big Pharma to Dx these mental health disorders for which they just happen to have a "solution" in their newest drug. Diet, of course could play a role as could environmental factors like the spraying of fields with chemicals fo kill bugs and/or weeds.

vrswesley 2014-05-25 23:56:16 -0500 Report

jim what do you think? I dontr buy that therot ..mental illness …while it is chemical…I know I was born with all mine. not trying to be rude.. just havent seen anything that makes be think that theroy could be it.

jayabee52 2014-05-29 00:19:01 -0500 Report

Vi, I believe it to be chemical somehow, but is caused by our brain chemicals being out of whack. As far as what causes the brain chemicals to go out of whack I suspect that it would be multifactoral and may be caused by stress or by environmental factors like bug spray and weed spray.

vrswesley 2014-05-29 01:15:17 -0500 Report

While I m not going to say that impossible…Ive learned alot is possible : ( but I believe I was born with my chemical imbalances., in my brain .I was were born with my brain out of whack… just my thoughts..

jayabee52 2014-05-29 01:39:27 -0500 Report

I was not talking about your imbalances in particular, but was referring to more general topics about BiPolar itself and other neurogenic diseases like Parkinsons.

vrswesley 2014-05-25 22:26:11 -0500 Report

yesthere is help for mental illness..I feel so much better since I was disagnoised with my illnesses. I dont have bi polar.. but other things..

jayabee52 2014-05-25 22:39:41 -0500 Report

What you have is plenty Vi. Don't need BiPolar on top of that.

vrswesley 2014-05-25 23:53:58 -0500 Report

I have mental illness too…Im just commenting that i do…I have OCD, ans major depression…social axneity too : )

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 14:33:26 -0500 Report

I have the exact same problems as u do vrswesley;-) I'd be happy to chat with u when needing to vent or just to talk… I know I can use a few more friends who understand what I have to live with on a daily basis… god bless;-)

simonizer77 2014-05-25 22:22:12 -0500 Report

This is one of the things I love about this site. I'm always learning new things. I'm currently trying to get diagnosed for muscle weakness and a 'foggy' brain. MS was mentioned and dismissed (very hard to diagnose). Trying to get a sleep study, but insurance doesn't want to pay! Nevertheless, I get up each day and function as best I can. I refuse to let health get me down!!

stacydalton 2014-06-05 21:48:50 -0500 Report

I'm going to respond to the thread as a whole - but I wonder about Candida. I've learned so much about this issue lately. Maybe look at Candida infection.

simonizer77 2014-06-05 23:38:21 -0500 Report

I'll look into anything at this point. I can function, but can't work regularly. Driving me bonkers! Thanks for the thought Stacy

stacydalton 2014-06-06 01:31:05 -0500 Report

Please let me know what you think. I believe that the good guys might be on to something here. I've been researching supplements and "treatments" and diets for about 6 months now. I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Another lady said that she was treated for cancer in Mexico - she was shown the cancer after surgery (actually during, as she wasn't put to sleep for it) and it looked like fungus. Almost like a mushroom or something. I think gluten and moldy foods - and sugar / carbs (processed) might be doing WAAAAAY more harm that we could even imagine! Please watch the videos…and read up. I would love to hear back on your opinion.

2014-05-25 23:19:30 -0500 Report

Hi.sleep studies have really changed last couple years. If you are overweight, snore, tired all the time, etc, you are in line for sleep study. You can do them at home now, far cheaper. One company is $249/289 for a test. While a in pt study
is the gold standard, these others far more
Cheaper and will give you some dire

simonizer77 2014-05-25 23:42:06 -0500 Report

Thanks for the info! I can't find the money, it's just fighting with Medicaid. Overweight with a history of apnea, and overnight oxygen issues. I resent jumping through hoops. In the long run we SAVE money for insurance companies by getting healthier. Really ticks me off