A life to live

Mental Health

The reason I named my book “Curing Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia” is because I believe in preventative treatments.

When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 19, I was offered Zoloft and other antidepressants, but I wasn’t interested in covering up my symptoms with medications. I wanted to be well. I wanted to know what was broken in my body and address that.

Through lots of pain, suffering, faith, grace and listening to my body, I discovered that a hormone imbalance was causing my illness. And through research and talking with other people, I soon realized I wasn’t the only person in the world with this hormone based illness.

If we are truthful with ourselves, we all know that hormones have some sort of impact on mood. This is common knowledge.

Look at new mothers and the postpartum depression that many of them suffer. Look at menstruating women who have PMS and PMDD. And women who are experiencing menopause and men who are experiencing andropause and the mood changes they go through. Look at the young men and women going through puberty. Many of them are off their rockers and it’s because of hormone fluctuations. We know this.

The same fluctuations that cause the behavioral and emotional problems that exist during puberty and PMS are same fluctuations at the root of many mental illnesses.

Will hormone therapy help everybody? No, probably not.

But for those of you who have a hormone based mental illness, it will be life-changing and you cannot be afraid of getting well and exploring other treatment options.

We know that mental illnesses are genetic conditions.
Do you have kids? Do you have grandchildren? Do you know if your children have inherited your illness?

If you haven’t come to terms with your disease, how are you going to help your kids if they need help?

Once you find an effective way to manage your disease, then you can help your children. You can teach them to get well.

Don’t be afraid to be well.

I realize treatment is a personal choice. You don’t have to choose a plan that I suggest. You must chose a plan that works for you and your family. You must have peace of mind. You must be happy.

If you aren’t, then keep looking until you figure things out. Don’t quit.

You can do this. I know you can.

I’m not online as often as like to be because of school and work responsibilities, but I want each of you to know that I’m rooting for you and that I’m only an email away. You are never a bother. Never.

And no, I’m not a physician, not just yet, but I will be some day. And I hope to help free everyone from these hormone-based mental illnesses.

We’ve got to do this for our children and for their children.

Now isn’t the time to shrink. It isn’t the time to cower in a corner.

We must do what we can—now.

Don’t give up… we we’re given this life to live it. This is our time.

Be encouraged. xx~Doris

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