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  1. IMO when on lithium you should also be taking mineral and b vitamins. A good prenatal vitamin with minerals might help.
  2. Maybe you had bad results with the mood stabilizers because you were taken them in conjunction with mood destabilizers?
  3. Nultroper, I am in no way suggesting a supratherapeutic dose of any of these. The OP wanted something to try to take the edge off. As far as the potential side effects of licorice, yes high doses can do all that, but similarly a number of pharmaceuticals also have biphasic responses at varying doses. Even Valproate.
  4. I have the unfortunate ability to link it to whatever you want . In this instance though, I have a feeling sodium butyrate is potentially useful as a HDAC ( histone deacetylase ) inhibitor. Interesting to note that sodium buytrate is a byproduct of fermentation of grains in the intestine. Perhaps this explains carbohydrate cravings? Think of it like natures Valproate. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1832210...Pubmed_RVDocSum The licorice is due to glycyrrhizic acid acting as gap junction inhibitor. You might want to search for 'gap junction' first then add the term 'glycyrrhizic acid '. Passionflower........ http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlere...bmedid=17686156 There is also Lemon Balm....... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1828481...Pubmed_RVDocSum But for the original poster, Silver is right. Lithium is the BEST all natural treatment out there.
  5. A very timely and relevant article today in the NY times. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/29/health/2...amp;oref=slogin
  6. Interesting that now, after admittedly doing good for an extended period that you would question the value of your meds. To be blunt, you are a good example of what successful treatment looks like. With an eye on your past meds, you can see that treating BD with meds that are not really good produces like results. The reverse is also true. Your current regime is much more apt for BD and you have responded well. Better to stay the course.
  7. IIRC, the decreased need for sleep is also a very telling one. In both there are sleep disturbances, but the effects of little sleep do not seem to impart exhaustion on those with PBD.
  8. Task Force Proposes New Bipolar Guidelines Headed By Dr. Nassir Ghaemi (IMO one of, if not the, best in the business) excerpts;
  9. They can look very similar. It has been suggested that higher subscale scores in the Attention Problems, Aggressive Behaviour and Anxious/Depressed of the Child Behavioral Check List (CBCL) is suggestive of pediatric BD.
  10. Find a you-tube video of someone having a seizure. Have your mom watch it and explain that what you have is very similar but in a different region of the brain. An emotional seizure, if you will.
  11. As for the general question, IMHO, the three meds that I would feel most comfortable (or least uncomfortable) for a teen would be, lithium, bupropion and lamictal. As for your particular case, it would be wise to keep in mind that what worked for you has a higher probability to work for your daughter.
  12. You ever tried to reason with a manic bipolar? HMM? a.m. Ha, good point. And to answer, yes.
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