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http://blog.23andme.com/23andme-research/what-patients-say-works-for-bipolar-disorder/

 

 

What would you add to this as most helpful and least helpful? or what do you already see on it that you agree with?

 

A combination of meds, therapy and small stuff can help someone a lot.

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Personally, I wouldn't be able to make lifestyle changes without an aap clearing my head. 

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I don't think these self-selecting "studies" tell you much of anything. And the maker of abilify would not have garnered $7 billion in sales from that product last year if it didn't work.

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301 people self-reporting multiple different treatments sounds like one hell of a crappy study. "small frequent snacks" are more efficient than Lithium, the most well-tested mood-stabilizer? Sure..... I'll remember to snack more frequently next time I get manic.

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I didn't mean eating snacks alone will control your bipolar. A combination of meds, therapy and small stuff can help someone a lot. Next time responding read what is being ask instead of trying to tear a post down.


Personally, I wouldn't be able to make lifestyle changes without an aap clearing my head. 

 

 

I agree meds help me a lot, but meds alone can't fix everything. A healthy lifestyle, good socializing, and therapy helps as well.

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I didn't mean eating snacks alone will control your bipolar. A combination of meds, therapy and small stuff can help someone a lot. Next time responding read what is being ask instead of trying to tear a post down.

Personally, I wouldn't be able to make lifestyle changes without an aap clearing my head. 

 

 

I agree meds help me a lot, but meds alone can't fix everything. A healthy lifestyle, good socializing, and therapy helps as well.

 

Oh, yes. When I was first dx I thought I would pop a pill and everything would go back to how it was. For me in-person and on-line support helps. I go to a DBSA support group but I feel like I know more than the moderators at this point and it can be frustrating being told things I know and have tried. I act against impulse to socialize (I would rather hide under the covers). Having some obligations or tasks to do make me move and go out of the house.

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I didn't mean eating snacks alone will control your bipolar. A combination of meds, therapy and small stuff can help someone a lot. Next time responding read what is being ask instead of trying to tear a post down.

Personally, I wouldn't be able to make lifestyle changes without an aap clearing my head.

I agree meds help me a lot, but meds alone can't fix everything. A healthy lifestyle, good socializing, and therapy helps as well.Last year, I started exercising the most since I was 24, I was getting the best sleep in three years, I had reduced my alcohol intake to zero, and was getting more time in the sun since my mid 20s. Plus drank essentially zero caffeine, which has been the case since one of my suicide attempts (because it gives me terrible headaches). And out of the blue, after an absence of five years, the big nasty mixed episode from hell came. So I don't really believe in those. What I do believe in is zyprexa, which zaps manic and mixed crap within hours. Sure coulda used it last year. As for the snacks, I don't believe that for a second. I would like to see their reasoning. And meditation won't work, either. I've been doing it,,along with self-hypnosis, since I was 7 or 8 (for sleep problems). When I'm in an episode, I couldn't meditate if I wanted to. As a prophylactic measure during normal times? No, I don't believe that will work. I think it's great, don't get me wrong. It also probably helped me to get waking dreams and lucid dreams,,which are da bomb. I just don't see it as a countermeasure to bipolar. I know fish oil doesn't work for heart disease, but I don't know about studies for bipolar. It's possible, I suppose. Anybody with info? Lexapro was a disaster. Gave me the worst audio hallucinations and delusions ever. Most everything else (14 total, I think) didn't work and/or had bad side effects. The jury is still out on lithium and abilify is too new to tell yet. Remeron + ambien CR works for sleep, or at least it used to.

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I believe in self-care but I don't think it's the end-all be-all.  I personally need meds.  I'm a psycho mess without them.

 

In fact, without the meds I am unable to exercise or do many of those self-care things.

 

Edit:  Hey, I am on 23andme also.  You can add me : larali

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I don't doubt that they're good for you; I simply doubt their efficacy in treating bipolar. Sleep would be the obvious one everyone points to, and yet it doesn't help,me. But I'm a weirdo, as I've had sleep problems since at least age four or so. So maybe all of my experiences are screwy as well.

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