Hormone Balance Saved My Life | How I Recovered from Bipolar Disorder

Mental Health

Hello, this is Doris here. Many of you have read my story here, but you rarely hear the story of others. I am here to let you know that hormone imbalances can cause bipolar disorder and there are other people who are recovering from mental illness, just as I have. Please read the post below from a woman who did just that.

I am 44 years old and currently work as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. In 1996, my world turned upside down. I suffered a psychotic break and was diagnosed as Bipolar 1. For over 20 years, I suffered from debilitating mood swings. I have tried every psychotropic medication available to me and a few other non-formulary drugs I won’t mention. For years I have struggled to keep a job, a home, a relationship, family ties, or anything resembling a normal life. I have been homeless several times, and suicidal more times than I can count. To make a long story short, I had no life.

After going from one psychiatrist to the next and taking 26 different combinations of meds, I had given up hope. I wasn’t ever going to function normally, or be a proper parent to my kids. I had resigned myself to sleeping all day and worrying all night 24/7, 365 days a year. No one could help me. I was doomed. No one should ever feel like I have felt for most of my life. The pain is so unbearable you just really don’t want to go on.

My 10-year-old son started to notice I wasn’t like other moms. He started to see we weren’t a normal family. He asked so many questions, like: “Why don’t we go to open house or school functions?” My answers never really explained anything. How do you tell your child that mommy is crazy and can’t handle the outside world because her mind is in constant turmoil? You really can’t.

I started to pray for help from anything or anybody. I wanted out of this life if I had to go on like this. I decided I was going to help myself, since no doctor or any of the medications ever could. I started to do research on what really causes bipolar disorder. I figured there just might be someone or something out there that could help me. In the meantime, I started to work on my other health concerns. I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome at 14. It causes infertility, hirsutism, weight gain, insulin resistance, and a whole host of other complications. As I began to work on my ailments, I started to see a pattern develop. I began to see a connection with my symptoms of hormonal imbalance and my mental symptoms. A light came on!

One day I said, hey what the heck, and googled all my hormonal symptoms. I coupled those with the bipolar symptoms. Lo and behold — Doris King’s blog popped up. I stayed up all night reading everything she and her followers wrote. My life was being described perfectly through her experience with mental illness, as well as those of her readers. I had found my deliverer — Doris King.

I immediately reached out to her, and to my surprise she answered the same day. She pointed me in the direction of hormonal balance. She suggested books I could read and showed me helpful information. Within 6 months of following her guidance and advice, I was a new person. In 20 years, I hadn’t been able to hold a job — now I am working full time and going to school full time. I cannot tell you how much my life has changed. If you think a hormone imbalance is causing your mental health problems you should look into it. You may get your life back just as I have. God bless you all! D.W. -Arizona

21 Responses to “Hormone Balance Saved My Life | How I Recovered from Bipolar Disorder”

  1. Lupe Meza Says:

    Thank you for these articles. I am going through all these feelings at the moment. My Dr. Just prescribed Xanax.

  2. Doris Says:

    Hello Lupe,

    You’re welcome. Low progesterone can cause anxiety and panic. Taking progesterone can lower anxiety and eliminate anxiety disorders. Please let me know if you have any questions and check out my YouTube videos for hormone balance videos. http://www.youtube.com/doriskingtv

    Keep in touch,


  3. kathy Says:

    I was reading your story in I’m desperate its a shame how doctors office turn you down as far as getting your hormones checked I have three kids in I’m so depressed…I been on birth control for four months in one day I stop taking it in find out I was pregnant..well long story short I just been super depress after I delivered her in I thinks its hormone related

  4. Doris Says:

    Hello Kathy,

    Why do you feel your symptoms are hormone related? What type of birth control were you taking before you became pregnant? Hormone imbalances can cause depression. If your hormones are making you sick, please read my blog post by clicking here. This post will give you the steps you need to get healthy. Also, please visit my YouTube channel by clicking here if you want to watch hormone balance videos. I hope more doctors become aware of this so that women and men with these hormone based conditions will get the help they need. Please let me know if you any specific questions! Doris

  5. Kelly Says:

    Hi, my name is Kelly…. I’ve been battling my hormones for about a year! They all started after my mom got reallu sick & I was having sinus problems which then they gave me prednisone:( after being off of it for 3 days, I had my first anxiety attack Christmas morning! I feel slowly I’m getting better but I wanna feel like myself! I a seeing a hormone replacement doc, taking testosterone & started progesterone but now he wants me to take it everyday until I get my period…. Just started testosterone in June & Progesterone in Aug. & taking vitamins! my dr thinks tho it’s my cortisone causing all this & thinks my body will heal it’s cause I’m only 34 & wanna have another baby! Am I ever gonna feel normal!

  6. Doris Says:

    Hi Kelly,

    I’m sorry to hear about your hormone battle. I know how tough things can get. How were your periods before and after the cortisone? How long have you had sinus problems? What other symptoms are you having if any, i.e. any cysts or fibroids? Lastly, does anyone else in your family have anxiety, mood or mental health problems? If your problems are hormonal, they can be fixed. I just need a little more information and then I will be able to tell you what may be going on in your body. Thanks! Doris

  7. Nicole Ray Says:

    Hello, I am a 32 Year old woman who began getting awful symptoms when I was 26 years old. Causing me to think out loud. A couple years ago I finally found out about progesterone and felt complete again. I got pregnant with my 1st child and after miscarrying I was back in turmoil. I have completed my saliva test and have purchase the cream to put me back on track. I want to commend you for this work. So much searching for answers went into me finding out a way to balance my hormones. I’m happy you are helping others.

  8. Doris Says:

    Hello Nicole,

    I’m sorry to hear of your miscarriage. That had to be so difficult. I’m happy to hear you are feeling better again and getting your life back on track. Hormone balance is so important to our mental and physical health. I hope this fact spreads to the masses so that everyone with a hormone-based mental illness can experience relief from their diseases. I hope you continue to get stronger and feel better. Continue to tell others about the importance of hormone balance for mental health. Thanks for writing! Doris

  9. Christine Ranfone Says:


    I am so happy to find this page!!! For about 3 months I have been feeling very disconnected from myself even bodily functions. I am 30 and had an IUD put in 2 years ago. But about 3 months ago bizarre symptoms started. I am a migraine sufferer since 13 years old but no other illnesses. But I am now experiencing a chronic flashing aurs that comes in and out of my vision all day. Standing up bending over or night darkness makes it irritates and flashes bigger.This symptoms has caused me to reduce my lifestyle as I fear going blind and being in bad situation. I had mri and dilated eye exam that was normal more. But all normal. It has debilitated my whole life and mental health my career is being ruined. My dr showed High testosterone on bloodworm but I am not obese or show any symptoms of high testosterone. I feel numb and my thinking has become very abnormal could an IUD cause hormone problems. I feel like I’m going crazy and my family is worried no drs are helping. Any advice on what could change your behavior and cause detachment? I also am having ovation cysts on tests. Any advice appreciated!

  10. Doris Says:

    Hello Christine R.,

    IUDs cause hormone imbalance. Which one were you taking? Was your testosterone high before your IUD? Have you ever been diagnosed with PCOS? The reason I ask is because PCOS can cause high testosterone. You said that you have cysts on your tests? Cysts are visible proof that progesterone is irregular. Have you always had cysts? Or did they start after the IUD? What type of IUD were you taking?You are right, hormones impact our mental health and hormone imbalances can cause behavior and mood changes as well as detachment. IUDs, birth control pills and PCOS can cause hormone imbalance problems that can cause mood and mental problems to develop.

  11. Christine ranfone Says:

    Thankyou for your response!

    The IUD is called skyla its a 3 year one and is up 6 months. I only started having these scary symptoms a few months ago. The pscos doesn’t sound familiar to me I do not recall a high test write prior the iud. But discovered on recent routine blood work. Should I have the IUD taking out early? I barely feel like a human with these symptoms and the pain of the cysts is worsening. Is there any supplements that can help these levels while I have the IUD in? Could the iud increase my migraine severity? Your help knowledge is so Greatly appreciated! advice.

  12. Doris Says:

    Hello Christine R.,

    You’re welcome! I’ve heard really bad things about the progestin found in Skyla. It’s called levonorgestrel. It’s the same progestin found in Plan B. Many women have experienced mental and physical problems after taking the drug. It sounds like the IUD has interrupted your ovulation. The IUD prevents pregnancy by stopping ovulation. If there is no egg, fertilization cannot take place. No ovulation is great for pregnancy prevention, but it’s horrific for mental health, because ovulation needs to take place so the brain can get the progesterone it needs for the month. Every month you aren’t ovulating and cysts are forming, your body goes lower and lower in progesterone and estrogen dominance develops. For more information on this hormone imbalance watch my newest estrogen dominance video here and an older estrogen dominance video here.

    For so long we have been focused on progesterone’s role in pregnancy, but not much attention has been given to the role it plays in mental health. In the brain, progesterone regulates our sanity, anxiety and moods. It’s time conventional medicine recognizes this because so many women (and men) are sick from their hormones.

    IUDs are also dangerous because they can cause a build up of copper in the brain which causes horrible mental health problems. Research copper toxicity for more information. Your IUD is not healthy and your body is telling you that it’s not (through your symptoms). It’s up to you whether you decide to remove it or not. You will not be protected against pregnancy if you remove it, but you may get your mental health back.

  13. Christine ranfone Says:

    Thank you Doris.

    I will check out the links. I’m using the iud not as a birth control but for the treatment of severe cramps and heavy menstruation affections my migraines. It seemed the first 2 years it did help in these symptoms but now it has stopped working. I will look into this progestrin role and choice which symptoms are worth having and which are not.

    Thank you all your info I will keep you updated on any new information on the iud removal. Thankyou again!

  14. Doris Says:

    Hello Christine,

    You’re welcome. IUDs can temporarily help with hormone imbalances because they contain synthetic hormones, but the healthiest option would be to correct what’s broken in your body to cause your imbalance in the first place. If that can’t be resolved, supplement your body with the hormone(s) it needs (in the bioidentical form) and the amounts it needs. Please keep me posted on everything.

  15. Tracey Says:

    What is the recommended dose for men with hormonal imbalance? Is the loading dise the same in terms of raising the initial dose according to how severe his symptoms are? I know they say men produce between 5-10mg… My brother deals with depression, adhd and bipolar.

  16. Doris Says:

    Hello Tracey,

    Dr. Lee said in his booklet, “Hormone Balance for Men,” that healthy men make 8 to 10 mg of progesterone every day. So maintenance “everyday” doses should be in this range. Regarding a loading dose, I have never read any printed information regarding a loading dose for men; however, premenopausal women loading doses are typically 400% higher than their physiological doses (80 to 120 mg) so I would apply this same logic/percentage to men. In your brother’s case, 400% higher would be a loading dose of around 40 mg. Please consult a physician regarding these amounts. Like women, men need to drink lots of water while taking progesterone as progesterone requires water for many of its processes in the body. It’s also great to take a daily aspirin to reduce the risk of clots forming. Yes, low progesterone can cause bipolar disorder, depression and ADHD in men and women, so taking progesterone is a great alternative treatment option for anyone who may be suffering from it. If you want to consult a physician regarding this, please contact Dr. Michael Platt at http://www.drplatt.com. Dr. Platt published a book “The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones” where he talks about using progesterone to heal bipolar disorder, ADHD and depression in men and women. Progesterone has worked great for the men in my family. I’m confident your brother will have the same success. Keep me posted!

  17. Tracey Says:

    Thanks as always.

  18. Des Says:

    Hi Doris

    was wondering if prenatal depression is caused by hormone imbalance. I never had depression in my life. I am 37 yo. this is my 3rd pregnancy. My first 2 pregnancies were easy. No depression. This 3rd one, during my 12th week, it seems like someone turned off a switch. I will be crying for no reason, just feel very sad, a heaviness in my emotions for no reason. loss of interest in everything i used to enjoy, i feel numb. when i see my kids i dont feel anything but sadness, uncontrollable sobs, again for no reason. I went to a psychiatrist who gave me Lexapro. Did not take it. My ob gyn believes its hormonal but he didnt give me anything to battle this depression, just to wait it out. He said once the hormones balances out, the depression will go away. Everyday is torture. I went to a wellness doctor who prescribe 100mg of bioidentical progesterone, so far i have been taking it for 3days only and my depression seems better. Still there, i still cry but better. I dont know if its the progesterone or its just a fluke. Will still see depending on the next days to come. Was wondering, will continued use of bioidentical progesterone continue to lessen the depression to a point that it completely goes away? My wellness doctor says bioidentical progesterone can also prevent post partum depression. What’s your take on this please? thanks! is it really possible to have pregnancy induced depression? and will it go away once the baby is out? taking bioidentical progesterone to prevent post partum

  19. Doris Says:

    Hi Des,

    Many cases of prenatal and postpartum depression are caused by hormone imbalances. Your symptoms definitely sound hormonal. I’m glad you didn’t take the Lexapro. If low progesterone is the cause of your depression, which seems to be the case based on your symptoms, taking progesterone will cause your depression to completely go away. Yes, your wellness doctor is correct, progesterone can prevent postpartum depression. Yes, pregnancy can induce depression as estrogen and progesterone levels increase significantly during pregnancy and any imbalances between these hormones can cause depression and other mental health problems. Hopefully, your hormone levels will stabilize after you have your baby, just as they did with your first 2 pregnancies. Take the progesterone your doctor recommended, you can continue to take it after your deliver to prevent or ease any postpartum depression. As you feel better you can lower your dose. You should be able to stop taking it all together once your symptoms go away. Please keep in touch and let me know how things work out for you.

  20. Des Says:

    Hi doris!
    Thanks for your reply. So far i have been taking the bioidentical progesterone for 1 week now. I noticed an increase in my anxiety and sleepless nights. Plus i think my depression is still the same. Im so discouraged. Going back to my wellness doctor for advice. I thought i was getting better. Have you heard of cases like this? Progesterone causing anxiety n insomia?

  21. Doris Says:

    Hi Des,

    Yes, when starting progesterone therapy you can feel worse before you feel better. This is very common. It’s something Dr. Lee called an “estrogen wake-up” period. Estrogen unbalanced by progesterone causes mood and anxiety problems. When progesterone is finally introduced to the body it starts trimming back the estrogen and unfortunately we can feel this in form of symptoms, which is anxiety and insomnia in your case. This is common. The same thing happened to me and many others. Don’t worry this period should be short lived (if you are taking adequate progesterone) and you should feel better after your first cycle. Don’t give up.