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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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Penny Lou
Penny Lou 2014-05-25 21:38:57 -0500 Report

I am Celiac disease…I had the "Foggy" brain symptom and know for a fact the gluten inflamed my brain causing me to feel and act bi-polor and Alzhimers , …driving and getting lost , emotions up and down…etc. a gluten free diet for 7 years has cleared all that up.

Once you have one auto immune problem you have others like diabeties.
Get an endoscopy it is the gold test over blood test. OR just eat that way for a few months and see it you don't feel better.

stacydalton 2014-06-05 21:50:12 -0500 Report

Yes! Gluten causes so many problems that are just being discovered. Candida!!! I'm loving all the research that is coming out on this issue.

jayabee52 2014-05-25 22:37:38 -0500 Report

Thanks for sharing Penny.

Was unaware of Celiac causing BiPolar like symptoms. If one keeps their antennae up it is surprising what one learns here on DC

robertoj 2014-05-25 21:38:01 -0500 Report

My daughter is bipolar. I had symptoms until I was 57. The army sent me to a psychologist but I declined to cooperate. That was a mistake I hope no one else makes.

jayabee52 2014-05-25 21:59:54 -0500 Report

Sorry to hear that Roberto, Please tell us more about your mistake if you feel comfortable doing so. You say you have symptoms until age 57. What seemed to have changed for you after that time?

robertoj 2014-05-25 22:30:13 -0500 Report

I self medicated from 9 to 47. I joined NA but didn't like it much. I was court ordered to attend meetings so I went to AA and lived in a sober home. I went to three meetings a day for seven months. I discovered that I was an alcoholic and worked with others. Many were dual diagnosis and through them I feel like I worked my issues over the years. I had issues that I only recalled after hearing other's stories some were major.

jigsaw 2014-05-26 12:36:55 -0500 Report

Great story! I'm always impressed with those that are courageous enough to face their own demons, and kind enough to share for the good of others. After all, we all have our problems, and that's what makes us human! Admitting it to ourselves, let alone others is a tough but healthy approach, under the right circumstances.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-27 12:36:31 -0500 Report

Jigsaw, Dr. Phil always says you can't fix what you don't acknowledge. He is correct. Facing your demons means you acknowledge that you have a problem and are willing to get help for it.

I was reading an article about kids who live in inner cities with PTSD caused by all the trauma they see within their environment. The problem is that many of them do not get the help they need because parents say there is nothing wrong with their kids, they will get over what they saw. As these kids age, failure to get them help can cause them to have behavior problems that can be caused by the traumatic event.

If it means stepping in a lions den to face my demons, I am going to take that step.

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 14:45:21 -0500 Report

so proud of u for saying that Joyce;-) It takes alot of guts to admit u have a problem and need to seek help for it… God bless!

robertoj 2014-05-25 22:45:31 -0500 Report

No she can't leave her friends behind. I'm the only one she trusts to talk about it to. No one else understands. My wife tries but her family attacks her.

funnygirl98 2014-06-04 14:50:31 -0500 Report

My ex attacks me for my daughter being bipolar he won't or can't admit to himself that our daughter needs help and medication … he blames me for all her problems and makes me feel like the guilty one in all of this even though I have her in every program that is out there and available in my area… I don't think I'm a bad mom for this but my ex sure loves making me want to constantly question myself though;-(

robertoj 2014-06-04 15:09:23 -0500 Report

That is very common. I get that a lot from my in laws. My family isn't as bad but that is only because I keep a safe distance. With bipolar you are going to be wrong more often than right but only because of the nature of the issue. It's the only way to find a program that works. Never doubt your actions unless you keep trying the same thing that hasn't worked. you seem strong and you need all your strength. Don't allow anyone to diminish.it.

jayabee52 2014-05-26 15:13:10 -0500 Report

Do you mean she takes them until her mood lifts? Is that what you mean by "better"? Taking Meds till one's mood changes is probably not the best way to treat this disorder.

robertoj 2014-05-26 15:40:11 -0500 Report

It's a bad way. The manic episodes are just as bad as the depression I meant when she feels close to normal..