Let’s get rid of mental illness

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I think it’s safe to say that most people with mental illness want to be rid of it. I’ve spoken to a few, a very small minority, who say they “like” the eccentricity the diseases cause.

Well, not me! And I’m gonna take a guess that you feel just as I do.

That’s why you’re here. You’re here because you’re ready to take steps—no not steps, you’re ready to take leaps and bounds towards overcoming your disease.

I can’t stress this enough—I wouldn’t be well today if I hadn’t balanced my hormones.

For many years, I hoped and prayed and wished that my disease would go away and that I’d be healthy.
But no matter how much wishing and praying I did, I never got well.

I didn’t get well until I mixed some hard work and action into what I was hoping for.

My recovery happened very quickly once I started working. I starting reading and visiting my doctor and asking questions and questioning my doctors and paying attention to my body and symptoms. And when I started doing all these things I came across the work of the late Dr. John Lee and his work on estrogen dominance.

After reading his work, it was clear I had this condition and that it was causing so many of my symptoms. I followed Dr. Lee’s guidelines for getting well and my life changed forever.

I’m so glad I’m free!

I want to encourage you to strive for the same freedom. I want you to have faith and to dream. But also, with your faith, mix in some hard work, sweat and dedication and then be prepared to soar!

Good luck to you!

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I get private e-mail messages from many of you and I enjoy getting your emails, but also feel free to leave comments on the things I write as well. If you are unfamiliar with leaving comments on Word Press blogs, I understand. I had to get used to the format too.

If you want to comment on something I’ve said or if you have a question, let’s have a conversation. You can leave your comments or concerns by pressing the “Comments” hyperlink that is located beneath the title of every post.

Don’t be afraid to comment. Someone else may have the same question or concern.

I look forward to speaking with you.

Doris

Hormone Balance in 3 Steps and How to Find a Doctor

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I followed the Dr. John Lee’s 3 Rules of Hormone Balance to get well.  Dr. Lee wrote the best-selling books, “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause” and “Dr. Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple.”

Below are Dr. Lee’s Rules of Hormone Balance:

Rule #1: Take Progesterone Only if you Need It (If you have clear symptoms or your levels are measurably low). *Click here for Dr. Lee’s low progesterone symptoms list.

Rule #2: Take Bioidentical Progesterone Instead of Synthetic Progestins

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Rule #3: Take Progesterone in Physiological Amounts Only.

I discovered I needed progesterone based on my symptoms. I read through Dr. Lee’s progesterone deficiency list and I realized I had most of the symptoms! Headaches:  check.  Fibrocystic breasts:  check.  Fatigue:  check, check, check!  It was clear my body needed progesterone.

I also have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), this is a syndrome where ovulation doesn’t occur regularly.  If there is no ovulation, progesterone isn’t produced.  So taking progesterone made sense to me.

You don’t have to have PCOS to have a progesterone deficiency.  You could have luteal insufficiency.  Luteal insufficiency is a condition where you ovulate, but progesterone production is still inadequate.  If you have PCOS or luteal insufficiency, you may experience heavy menstrual cramps and/or heavy menstrual bleeding.  Fertility problems are also common.

So how can you tell if you need progesterone?  Take a look at the “progesterone-deficient” symptom list found here. And discuss these symptoms with a doctor who has experience correcting hormone imbalances.

If you don’t know a doctor who does this type of work, try contacting your local compounding pharmacy.  Many compounding pharmacies keep an associated list of doctors who use their pharmacy.  Ask your local compounding specialist to refer you to a doctor who prescribes progesterone and specifically to one that works with people with mood disorders.

To find the compounding pharmacy nearest you, contact the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacies at www.iacprx.org or you can call their toll free referral line at 1-800-927-4227.

If you are taking medications, keep taking your medications as prescribed and work on getting your hormones balanced at the same time. Only your prescribing doctor can wean you off of your medications if and when appropriate.

Continue to educate yourself about hormone balance.  Read all you can.  The more you know, the more confident you will feel when you approach your doctor.

Best of luck to you!

Doris

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Be Free

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You can beat mental illness. If your symptoms are caused by an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen, your symptoms can be controlled and your disease managed. Kick your disease to the curb!

Imbalances can be fixed. Depression alleviated. Voices stopped. Joy overflowing.

I’m laughing at my disease.

I’m not afraid of it anymore.

I’m free.

Click here to listen to the song I’m singing. I want you to sing it too.

Long time no see

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Hi everyone,

I haven’t written in a while because I felt as though I had nothing to say. I felt like a skipping record, stuck on repeat: Hormones impact mental health. Hormones impact mental health. Hormones impact mental health. Arrrggghhhh!!!!!

I felt like my message was falling on deaf ears.

So I stopped talking.
But not tonight.

Tonight, I want to talk to you.

I know what it feels like to be bipolar. I know nervous breakdowns, panic attacks, ghosts and demons. I know what it feels like to have seizures. To faint in hallways. To use vodka as a sleeping aid. I know how it feels to be broken.

I don’t want to go back. And if you are sick, I want you to be able to come out of your sickness as I have.

Thankfully, I’ve been able to manage my disease successfully for many years. It’s been a blur, but it’s been fun. Sometimes I can’t believe all that has happened. It’s surreal.

I go to work every day. I blend in. And dare I say it… I feel normal.

I didn’t have those things when I was sick and it wasn’t because I didn’t want them. It was because they weren’t available to me. I was too busy fighting off ghosts and demons and praying in closets to feel normal.

But I’m so thankful for today. I’m thankful that we know hormones impact our mental health and I’m thankful there are good doctors out there who can help us to correct the imbalances that so many of us have been born with.

And that’s all I have to say. No skipping records here.