How Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia Came About

Mental Health

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.

12 Responses to “How Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia Came About”

  1. Amar Singh from India Says:

    Doris King you are a super woman who had guts to speak and make living with schizophrenia a breeze. After Abhram Hoffer of niacin fame and Natasha Campbell of “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” and Michael Foster’s “Surviving Schizophrenia,” you beat them all. On my 3rd day on progestrone cream I feel the difference, no more dirty looks from people.

    Like Mark Konlee who writes for Keep Hope Alive for HIV Aids, you will always be my hero until I live on this earth. This schizophrenia is so debilitating. At 47 years I was still struggling in poor countries like India where there is no pension plan or disability. People are marooned like lifeboats in the ocean.

    You are like Christ the Saviour on this earth. At least in this day and age no more suicides for next generation of schizophrenics.

    God bless you and your proud parents who had a brilliant daughter like you.
    You are like Christ the Saviour on this earth. At least in this day and age no more suicides for next generation of schizophrenics.

    God bless you and your proud parents who had a brilliant daughter like you.

  2. Doris Says:

    Amar, I’m glad progesterone has alleviated your schizophrenia symptoms and I give God all the glory and honor for helping us. He healed me and gave me the knowledge I needed to be healthy. I thank God for my parents who always supported me. My prayer and hope is that other people with mental illness will find relief just as you and I have. Please tell others who are sick your story, so that they may be encouraged to get help too. Tell them in India, tell them everywhere you go. Please keep in touch. Doris

  3. Me Says:

    What is this medicine you are taking called? I’m in my early 30’s and experiencing the same symptoms, with no alleviation from anti depressants/mood stabilizer medications. I am making an appt. with a gyno and want to bring up what is wrong with me. I’m afraid she will try to put me on BC pills which would make me worse?

  4. Doris Says:

    Hello “Me,”

    I currently take progesterone. I actually use an over-the-counter brand called Source Naturals Natural Progesterone Cream. I get my progesterone currently from Amazon, 4 ounces costs about $13. Progesterone is a hormone made by our ovaries and adrenal glands. We need it for our mental and physical health. If your body is not making it enough, you can get very sick mentally and physically. There are two types of progesterone available for you to use, natural progesterone also called bioidentical progesterone. Bioidentical progesterone is progesterone made in a lab/pharmacy but it is the exact same molecule made by the body, it has the same structure, so if your body needs progesterone, its best to take the one that is identical to the one naturally made by the body so that you can get the full benefits from the hormone and experience the most relief. You can get natural/bioidentical progesterone over the counter without a prescription at Amazon, at health food stores like Whole Foods and with a prescription you can also have your progesterone prepared at your local compounding pharmacy. Progesterone in these forms will usually come in a transdermal cream form that you apply directly to your skin. If you prefer to take natural/bioidentical progesterone in a pill form, you will need a prescription for Prometrium. Prometrium is a prescription-only natural/bioidentical progesterone pill. You can get it from any major commercial pharmacy CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, etc. There are synthetic forms of progesterone called progestins. Synthetic progesterone isn’t identical to the progesterone made by the body so you may not get the full results you are looking for when you use them. The most commonly prescribed progestin is Provera and its generic name is medroxyprogesterone acetate. You should be able to get Prometrium and Provera from your doctor as well as a prescription for a progesterone cream as long as your doctor is comfortable prescribing bioidenticals. And just as you suspect, if you have high estrogen/ low progesterone taking birth control pills will make you worse. Because almost every birth control pills contains some form of estrogen and when you have high estrogen/estrogen dominance the last thing you need is estrogen! Definitely read Dr. Lee’s book “Hormone Balance Made Simple” and read my other blog post here.

    Good luck to you keep me posted! Doris

  5. carla Says:

    hello. I have been on progesterone cream from my doctor for about a year. I am schizoaffective like you. my moods are better but I am still hearing a lot of voices. sometimes there are other imbalances to address. I am also on a gluten and dairy free diet and b6 and zinc as well as other vitamins.i also am taking 2 different antipsychotics. I am just saying sometimes it isn’t as simple as using progesterone cream for mental illness

  6. Doris Says:

    Hello Carla,

    Thank you for writing. Yes, I agree with you, progesterone is not a one-time quick fix for mental illness; however, many cases of mental illness are caused by this deficiency. Progesterone has worked wonders for me and many others. It stopped my hallucinations completely. I hope we will soon discover what is causing the body not to make sufficient progesterone and then fix that so that the body can heal itself. Until that day comes, progesterone supplementation is the next best thing. I hope further research will be done in this area, so that therapy will be more effective. Please keep me posted on your treatment. Kindest regards, Doris

  7. Darlene Smithfield Says:

    How much progesterone did you take? I have a family member that has schizoprenia. What is the dosage that helped you. I have it compounded from a pharmacy

  8. Doris Says:

    Hello Darlene,

    I took approximately 100 mg a day when I started progesterone therapy nearly nine years ago. I took it every day for three weeks and then I took a week off to allow for my menstrual cycle. I needed this higher amount because my levels were so low. I know people who have taken lower amounts with good results. It all depends on one’s overall symptoms and deficiency. For more information on the steps I took to balance my hormones, please read this blog post: http://update.dorisking.net/hormone-balance-in-3-steps-and-how-to-find-a-doctor I hope this helps! Doris

  9. Addu Says:

    They key to treating schizophrenia is to keep serotonin low and increase thyroid function.You can google ‘Dr.Ray Peat’ for his explanation of the illness

  10. Doris Says:

    Hello Addu,

    Thank you for bringing Dr. Peat’s work back to my attention. Yes, you’re right. The key to treating schizophrenia is to keep serotonin low and increase thyroid function.

    My book is based on Dr. Peat’s work on estrogen dominance. Progesterone lowers serotonin and increases thyroid function, therefore progesterone therapy is an effective treatment for schizophrenia.

    Dr. Peat says on his website here “Estrogen inhibits the enzyme monoamino oxidase (MAO), and is highly associated with increased serotonin activity. Progesterone has the opposite effect on MAO.” Therefore, progesterone lowers serotonin. Dr. Peat also says, “Hypothyroidism increases serotonin activity in the body.” It is well known that estrogen dominance leads to hypothyroidism, as excess/unopposed estrogen interferes with the functioning of the thyroid gland causing hypothyroidism. I really enjoy Dr. Peat’s work. Please feel free to e-mail me any articles regarding this topic. You can also post them here on my webpage. Thanks!

  11. Addu Says:

    Hi Doris

    Thanks for the reply.

    Dr.Ray Peat’s approach to maintaining good health involves optimizing the thyroid function by getting at least 80 grams of protein per day.This itself will inactivate the estrogen from the liver and reduce serotonin.He prefers milk,cheese and eggs as the best source of protein.Muscle meats contain tryphtophan which can convert to serotonin.

    Another method to address hormonal balance suggested by Ray is the carrot salad.This salad is said improve gut issues and improve estrogen/progesterone ratio

    http://www.functionalps.com/blog/2012/09/28/ray-peat-phd-on-the-benefits-of-the-raw-carrot/

    And main the fuel for energy production should come from fruits,not grains and starch.

    And he strongly advocates against vegetable oils.Butter and coconut oil are the suitable fats for humans.

    Increasing carbondioxide will directly optimize thyroid function.Bag breathing for a minute can improve CO2 levels.Or search for Buteynko breathing technique

    https://pranarupa.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/pranayama-carbon-dioxide-mitochondria-coherent-energy-flow-regeneration-and-individuation/

    If you want your body to produce its own levels,eat good quality protein,fruits(without the fibre) and take Vitamin A(liver)

    Ray Peat’s interviews are found here:
    http://www.toxinless.com/peat/marshmallow

    Please spread the message and keep up your good work.

  12. Doris Says:

    Hi Addu,

    Thank you for these wonderful references. I will look into each of them. I hope and pray these alternative treatments will soon become standard treatments in medicine/psychiatry. I’m excited about the shift that is taking place in the mental health field. Please share any new updates that you may come across. Thanks again!