Slouched over in the dimly lit room, a yellowing lamp represented my soul. Flickering in and out, aching for a release. The psychiatrist blurted the words, “You have bipolar disorder.” The traditional approach to treatment, includes patients being told they have a life long illness and being loaded up on medication. Some people have chosen to follow this route and that is great. I am choosing a different pathway.
That’s right, I’m not taking prescribed medication.
Why? It is my opinion that as a society, we have been conditioned to think of depression as a chemical imbalance healed with pills. Turn on the TV and its hard to go a few minutes without seeing pharmaceutical ads marketing emotional relief. Some people suggest medication does work for depression and anxiety.
“There has never been a human study that successfully links low serotonin levels and depression. Imaging studies, blood and urine tests, postmortem suicide assessments, and even animal research have never validated the link between neurotransmitter levels and depression.” Kelly Brogan, MD
Science has proven again and again that your brain is a very powerful computer. So my question to you is, is it the medication or the belief in it that has worked? When you program a belief that something will help, it will. Take this study on the placebo effect for example.
“In this randomized clinical trial people with social anxiety disorder (SAD) were randomly divided into two groups, an ‘overt’ and ‘covert’ group. Everyone was given 20 mg of a commonly-prescribed SSRI, escitalopram (Lexapro), for 9 weeks. In the overt group, people were told that they were being prescribed Lexapro, but in the covert group, people were told that they were given an “active placebo” that had similar side effects as the SSRI but had no clinical effects – even though they were given the same dosage of Lexapro as the overt group.
Even though both groups received the same SSRI dosages, 50% of people in the overt group responded to treatment, while the response rate in the covert group was a mere 14%. In fact, blood serum analyses confirmed that people in both groups had the same amount of Lexapro and its metabolites in their bodies. The only difference in their treatment was what they were told.“
-Kelly Brogan MD
So if I’m not taking medication, what am I doing?
I have chosen a holistic, natural approach toward my health. This is based on the research of pioneer psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan.
“Food is the best medicine. All your cells, bones, signaling molecules, and tissues are built from what you eat. For example, dietary fats are the building blocks of brain tissue and help balance hormones, and muscles are built from protein. Different vitamins and minerals are used to create energy and send electrical impulses along neurons so that we can move, think, and feel. A nourishing diet is the best strategy against depression.” -Kelly Brogan MD
For the past 2 weeks I have ate a plant based diet exclusive to sugar, gluten, dairy and meat. Now, I have had a few slip ups. On the days I did eat Taco Bell or McDonald’s, I noticed an immense difference.
Working out almost daily, meditating frequently, praying often, connecting with loved ones and reading positive affirmations have also been apart of my routine.
I have stopped abusing substances. No longer am I relying on smoking substances to make it through the day. I had been using the past 3 years consecutively. I also feel excited for life, powerful and at peace.
For me, this is proof that I am healing my body. We are powerful beings. Ones filled with light and love. Maybe people diagnosed with bipolar disorder, are actually just sensitive souls carrying past pain that hasn’t yet been healed. When you nurture your soul with the nutrients it needs, life starts to change.
Sending peace and love