Today is a New Day

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Don’t give up on your health or life.
Recovery is possible.
Believe.

It’s Friday so…

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Let’s talk about something fun.

Today is a beautiful day in north Florida — the sky, the people, the sun.

But earlier today, I was talking to one of my good friends about a time in my life that wasn’t so fun.

I used to hallucinate every night. My hallucinations started when I was in high school and it was hell. I thought I was cursed.

I grew up in church and remembered reading in The Bible that people could be demon-possessed.

I just assumed I was one of those people.

Do you know how scary that is?

Of course you do, especially if you hear ghosts too.
You know the torture I speak of.

But here is the good news.

I don’t hear ghosts any more. Woo hoo!!

And I haven’t for the last 6 years. Yipee!!!

That’s a miracle!

I went from hearing ghosts almost every night of my life from the ages of 15 to 28 to hearing none. That’s right, you heard it now I hear none. Nada, zero, zilch–NONE!

I just did a one-handed cart wheel.
That’s how happy I am.

And I want you to be happy too.

If you suspect a hormone imbalance is making you sick. If you think your hormones are making your hear ghosts… I suggest you check your hormones and balance them out and get on with your life. Get on with you life!

Lots of love and good wishes to you!

Doris

Making it Plain

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I want it to be clear and let you know that our hormones (estrogen and progesterone) impact our mental health. And that imbalances between these two hormones can make us physically and emotionally sick.

I should know, I was one of those sick people.

Yep, me… about 6 years ago. I struggled to take baths every day and brush my teeth. I used to dream of dying. I cried uncontrollably and battled major mood swings. I heard scary voices. I almost ran my car off of the road because they were tormenting me so bad. I hid in closets during lightning storms because I thought God was trying to kill the demons in me!!

Why did I do all of that you ask?

Me: I did all of that because I was sick. I was merely responding to my body.
I heard ghosts and so I was scared. And I operated out of this fear.

Mental illness is not something you try to be.
It’s nothing you sign up for.

Nope.

Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are so painful that you wouldn’t even wish it on your worse enemy. It’s that bad. It least it was for me.

But I’m getting off track. I just want you know that the life I used to live when I was bipolar, was hell and I’m so glad to be rid of it.

Taking progesterone for me has made all the difference.

I wish the same freedom for you.

Recovery is possible. Believe.

Doris

I’m not going to keep quiet

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Hormone balance is necessary for our mental health. If you are a man or a woman and your body is not making sufficient amounts of the hormone progesterone it can make your life a living hell.

Why is that? I’m so glad you asked.

One of the jobs of progesterone in the body is to protect us against the effects of estrogen (Yes, men make estrogen too!).

If your body is not making enough progesterone, we are left to feel estrogen in all its glory. Some people call this unopposed estrogen or estrogen dominance.

And it’s painful, with a capital “P.”

Estrogen without the proper balance of progesterone can cause hallucinations, depression, mood swings, irritability, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, tumors, excessive belly fat, uncontrollable crying, headaches, anxiety problems, concentration problems, racing thoughts… basically all the things linked with mental illness.

If you have ever suspected that your hormones were linked to your mental health problems, now is the time to investigate. Not later.

Write me if you have any questions.

Best regards,

Doris

How Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia Came About

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I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “I think I’ll take progesterone to get rid of all my problems.”  I had heard of progesterone, but I had no idea that my body wasn’t making enough of it.

I was a 29-year-old woman who had been let go from her teaching job and I was out of options. I didn’t want my parents to take care of me.  I was an adult.  I didn’t want to be a burden.  So I decided to stop running from my illness.  I researched neighborhood hospitals and decided on Peachford Hospital in Atlanta.  I was nervous.  I didn’t want to be the “sick girl” confined to a hospital room.  Death seemed more appealing.

Thankfully, I never had to check myself in.  I came across some literature on the signs and symptoms of PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome).  I read through the bulleted list in the pamphlet.  The symptoms were:  weepiness, irritability, depression, bloating, crying uncontrollably, and so on.  I had all of these symptoms to the nth degree.  That’s when I knew that my problems were hormonal.

I had always suspected my hormones were off-balance, and I had heard of symptoms of PMS before—but I had never made the connection.  I guess I was able to this time, because at last I accepted that there was something wrong with me—and that there was something that I could do about it. Acknowledging it was half the battle.

And so I begin to conduct research on hormones and hormone balance.  I noticed that the late Dr. John Lee’s name always came up.  After reading through his Web site and other blogs dedicated to his work, I begin to suspect that I indeed had a hormonal imbalance. I went to my local bookstore and bought his book Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple. I couldn’t put it down.  Dr. Lee was the doctor I wished I had before I had gotten terribly sick.

After reading this book, I went back for an earlier book he had written, What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause.  It was clear that my body was deficient in progesterone.  And when I thought about it, it all made sense.

I had been diagnosed with a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).  PCOS is a syndrome where ovulation does not take place, regularly causing cysts to appear on the ovary.  If one does not ovulate, progesterone isn’t produced.  Taking progesterone made sense to me, because I already had this diagnosis.

So I took tons of progesterone, under a doctor’s care.  The voices were the first to go.  They stopped within the first three weeks of treatment.  My sleep returned.  My anxiety levels lowered.  My thoughts slowed down.  I didn’t feel like dying every day any more.  I felt normal.

When I say “normal,” it doesn’t mean that all of my problems simply went away.  It means that I was healthy enough to experience life in the way that it was intended to be experienced, with a healthy emotional system and a clear mind.

It took several months for me to make a full recovery.  Once I recovered, I knew that I had to get this information out to other people who were suffering because of a progesterone deficiency.  I couldn’t keep quiet.  And that’s how Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia came about.

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My Story

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I (Doris) used to have bipolar disorder with psychotic features.
I hallucinated every night for nearly 14 years. I heard ghosts.

When I heard these ghosts, I cried. I begged God to save me. I drank vodka. I passed out. I turned up my radio full blast. I turned on all lights. The ghosts hated lights.

I did whatever I needed to do to keep what was left of my sanity.

When I was manic, my mind raced. Thoughts sped through my brain so fast that it exploded. I had a nervous breakdown at 19. My mind was gone.

I should have been somewhere shopping or watching a movie. Or dancing or giggling or smiling at the sun, but I wasn’t.

I was locked in my room wanting to die. There are no words for clinical depression. It’s as if your body can’t produce one neurotransmitter that controls happiness. Not one!

I would cry and dream of dying. I cried and slept and dreamed of suicide. It was a vicious unending cycle.

When I was 19, I never thought I’d live to 21. And never in a million years did I think I’d be the 34 years I am today.

Thankfully, my ride with bipolar disorder ended six years ago when I learned a hormone imbalance called “estrogen dominance” was making me sick. Since taking progesterone (to correct this imbalance), my mania, depression, suicidal thoughts, migraines and “ghosts” have gone away.

Sometimes I can’t even believe what’s happened to me. It’s a miracle.

I’m telling you this so that if you have bipolar disorder or schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder, I encourage you to research hormone balance as a treatment option too.

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