Do you think having mental illness is your fault?

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If you are one of the millions of people who think you are mentally ill because of your own doing, I want you to change your thinking. You are not the cause of your illness.

Mental illness is a physical condition. One that is not controlled by one’s will power so there is no need to feel guilty or blame yourself. Love yourself. Living with mental illness is tough; you don’t need the extra burden that comes from being hard yourself.

Continue to be hopeful and look for the best treatment for you and your mind—you’re worth it.

Best regards,

Doris

Post Partum Depression is Real

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Carol Coronado, a 30 year old mother of three, stabbed her three children to death and more than likely it was due to postpartum depression. Severe postpartum depression can cause delusions, hallucinations and psychosis, the same symptoms found in mental illness. The reason? Hormone imbalance. If you believe you are suffering from postpartum depression talk to your doctor immediately, preferably one that has experience in hormone balance.

Below is a synopsis of what happened according to Daily Mail Online.

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Carol Coronado, 30, (pictured left with one of her children and right) was found naked in bed clutching a knife alongside the bloody bodies of her daughters, ages three, two and two months. The killings took place at the family home near Torrance, California while Coronado’s husband and mother were at the property (center). A neighbor said the children’s grandmother told her that her daughter had called earlier in the day and was going crazy. Coronado was arrested on suspicion of murder, taken to a hospital for examination and then to a sheriff’s station for booking. Authorities say she made no statement.

To read the full article go to www.dailymail.co.uk.

If you are estrogen dominant, you do not need to take more estrogen!

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I get lots of emails from readers who say they are estrogen dominant and that they are taking estrogen to treat it. This is NOT good. If you are estrogen dominant, this means that your estrogen levels are too high, adding more estrogen on already high levels of estrogen is really dangerous and not a good idea.

By adding estrogen to estrogen dominance, you can expect more anxiety, autoimmune problems, headaches, excessive fatigue and poor concentration. I could go on and on about the symptoms of high estrogen. If you have high estrogen do not take more estrogen, this includes estrogen found in birth control pills. If you feel you need birth control, you will need to find an alternative non-hormonal birth control so that you can keep your sanity.

If you have high estrogen, you MUST take progesterone. The real, bioidentical kind. Not a synthetic progestin.

Here are a few things you need to know when starting progesterone, progesterone it is NOT like taking a magic pill. It will not make all of your mental and physical problems will disappear instantly. It does not happen like that. It took months and years for the imbalance to get to such a severe state it takes a while to dig your body out of that state. With progesterone, you should notice a gradual improvement in your symptoms over time until your symptoms are undetectable.

They key with progesterone supplementation is to take high amounts of progesterone in the beginning. Dr. Lee called this a loading dose. The purpose of this higher than normal dose is to restore depleted levels. Once your symptoms are under control, you can take lower amounts or physiological amounts, the amounts your body should be making on its own.

When you start progesterone its common to feel worse before you feel better. I went through this. Most of us with this imbalance go through this. Don’t be afraid, you will get through it. The initial discomfort you experience in the beginning of therapy is worth the prize of your health that is waiting for you on the other side.

If your hormones are off balanced, get them balanced so that you can get your life back. We were not created to live in a body that does not make sufficient progesterone. Major damage happens to our bodies and brains when we do….progesterone does much more than fertility! Balance your hormones and balance your mental health. Good luck to you! Doris

Now is the Time to Restore your Mental Health

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Now is the time to restore your mental health. Do not wait for a physician or your husband or wife to tell you to get better. Tell yourself that you can get better. Stop waiting for someone to convince you to take care of yourself.

When you sit alone in your room and cry and think of a thousand ways to kill yourself, its you suffering all alone. You have to make tough decisions regarding your health so that you can feel better.

You can’t sit around and think answers are going to fall from the sky because they aren’t. Do your research. Research estrogen dominance.

Have you always had severe PMS? Fertility issues? Heavy bleeding during your menstrual cycle? Anxiety issues? Blood sugar irregularities? Migraines? Cystic breasts or ovaries? If so, these are signs of high estrogen. If you are male, look at the women on your affected side of the family, do they have any of these conditions? If so, that’s a good indication that you have inherited the wacky family hormonal imbalance.

You can fight this illness, you can feel better and you can manage your symptoms! But this will never happen if you keep denying that you have an illness in the first place or if you are too afraid to treat it. Push aside the fear and get to it, your good health is waiting on you! You can do this! I know you can! Believe!

The Hardest Thing

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The hardest thing about using hormones as a treatment option is going to be convincing your doctor that there are actually things he or she can do to help you be healthy! This is especially true if you are male.

The bottom line is we need balanced hormones (between estrogen and progesterone) in order to be mentally and physically healthy. If your body is not making enough progesterone you will get sick. When I say sick, I mean you can develop violent mood swings, depression, hallucinations, psychosis, migraines, excessive water weight, irritability, rage, racing thoughts, fatigue, anxiety… I could go on and on, but you get the point.

High estrogen can cause all the symptoms of bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder.

And thankfully now we can treat it with progesterone.

Hormone Balance Tests

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If you have a hormone imbalance between estrogen and progesterone, you may not always need to get tested. The reason is, if you have a severe imbalance, the test may not be able to pick it up. Also, norms have not been established for men as of yet (here in the US) so taking an estradiol/progesterone may not be beneficial as of yet for guys.

The best way to determine if you need progesterone is to take a look at your symptoms. Here is a list of symptoms that can appear if your body isn’t making enough progesterone, click here: http://www.johnleemd.com/store/estrogen_dom.html.

If you take progesterone, be sure to drink lots of water. Progesterone is catabolic meaning it breaks down molecules to give you energy. The body uses water to break down molecules so taking progesterone can make you really thirsty. Be sure to drink lots of water while taking progesterone. Do NOT take dehydrated. Also, pay attention to how it reacts in your body.

Always remember you can be healed from this hormone based imbalance. Knowledge is power. We are going to see wonderful changes in the field of mental health during this generation! Be encouraged. Doris

Every moment with bipolar isn’t crazy

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With bipolar disorder you don’t always have to shift from one extreme to another. There are those quiet moments where you experience no symptoms at all. It’s the calm before the storm.

Do you Have Questions?

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Hello everyone out there. I’m sure many of you have questions about things that I have written on my blog, if this is you, I want to hear from you. You can email me at doris@dorisking.net or you can comment on any post I’ve written and I will respond there. You do not, I repeat, DO NOT, have to use your real name or email address (for those of you who are concerned about privacy). I’m not out to expose anyone. I just want your real questions so that I can give you real information in order for you to heal.

What I want you to understand more than anything else is that hormone imbalance can cause mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and by correcting this imbalance you can get your life back. Yes, you can feel better NOW. Good luck to you!

Your Bipolar Disorder is not going to fix itself

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It would be great if we were never born with a mental illness. I spent lots of time wishing that I wasn’t sick. I wished I didn’t have to deal with hallucinations or depression or suicidal thoughts. But no matter how much I wished, my sickness still remained. Hopeful wishing isn’t enough when you need to get healthy. You have to be an active participant in your health. You must get treated. The type of treatment you choose is up to you, but choose something.

I hope that hormones work for you as much as they have for me because hormone-based bipolar disorder can be managed. You do not have to live in the dark anymore when it comes to your health. Don’t sit back and wait for the answers to magically appear. Life doesn’t work like that. You must do you part. You must educate yourself and work hard to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about hormone balance. Connect with someone who can help you heal!

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