This blog category is all about mental health issues such as bi-polar, general depresion, personality disorders etc
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive disorder, is an illness characterized by two components: extreme highs and extreme lows. It is a disease that can incapacitate a person’s life, leaving them with a feeling of hopelessness and helplessness. This disorder has become a household term, now affecting 5.7 million Americans. The cause is not completely understood, but it is thought that lack of proper nutrition may play a part in the growing number of people suffering from this condition. Therefore, supplying the body with the proper nutrients and supplements may provide important help in correcting this disorder.
Although we all experience ups and downs due to everyday stress, they are nothing compared to the ups and downs that a person with a bipolar disorder experiences. The “ups” is called the manic phase where the person experiences almost a wild ecstasy, sometimes causing them to behave irresponsibly while taking serious risks. Those undergoing the manic phase of the disease may experience a feeling of elation, coupled with over-inflated self-esteem. This is a time where they think that the world is at their feet and that nothing is impossible. Other symptoms consist of irritability, decreased need for sleep, rapid speech, increased libido, delusions, and the inability to focus on a specific task.
The other side of the coin, the depressive phase, eventually surfaces. During this phase, the person can experience the deepest pit of depression. The depressive phase presents itself with loss of energy, sadness, loss of interest in activities, significant changes in appetite, difficulty in sleeping or oversleeping, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, and suicidal thoughts.
These highs and lows can range from mild to extreme. They may come on slowly over a period of time, or they can surface within a matter of hours. A bipolar disorder can cause behavior extreme enough that it may be impossible to function in society. It affects family, work, and social relationships. As a likely result of the depression and extreme mood swings, as many as one in five people with bipolar disorder commit suicide.
The cause of a bipolar disorder is thought to be both physical and emotional. Some studies suggest that high or low levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine are among the chief causes. Another cause could be imbalanced hormones and stress triggers are thought to be a third cause.
In addressing a bipolar disorder, just as with any other health condition, diet is crucial. It is important to give the body the proper nutrients it needs. Oftentimes, poor nutrition is at least partly responsible for an impending condition. It is thought that the decreasing amounts of vitamins and minerals in our food supply and the SADs diet is responsible for the increasing numbers of people diagnosed as bipolar.
Removing unhealthy foods and stimulants that can aggravate symptoms should be a priority. Sugar, fatty foods, and caffeine are all irritants which contribute to manic episodes. On the other hand, alcohol, a depressant in its own right, will contribute to the depressive episodes. Removing these harmful ingredients from one’s diet may improve, if not eliminate, these symptoms. THERE IS ALSO ONE OTHER MAJOR THING THAT YOU CAN DO. It is all to do with the Ph of your body and I am going to cover this in a separate article of my own.
Earth – but not quite how we know it or pretend it to be.
Hi, my name is Russell Webster and today I would like to share something with you. Like so many other people in the world I have been hiding something from those who know me and those who I have met along my travels. Now, I have simply reached a stage in my life where putting on a pretence is simply NOT working all the time any more. Time for some honesty.
They say that approximately one third of the population are, to some degree or other gay. Well, I am here to tell you that is not what I am coming out of the closet about. This is not my secret. Not that it would matter anyway.
No, it is something completely different.
What a lot of people don’t know is that, at any one time, one in three people are suffering from some kind of Mental Illness. That ranges from the severe, where hospitalisation is needed, to the less severe such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, HSP (highly sensitive person) disorder and a whole raft of other personality disorders and then there is bi-polar disorder. It was once referred to as manic depression, which had a totally unfair connotation.
And this is where I come out of the closet and finally admit that I suffer from bi-polar disorder and have done since my early twenties. For those of you who have never really heard of bi-polar it can sound a bit spooky so let me try and simplify it. As it sounds, it is like the two poles – the high pole in the north and the low pole in south. They are some apart some 12,416 miles as the crow flies and about 7900 straight through the middle of the earth.. Most importantly they are opposites. Call them high and low. Now, where it takes an age to travel from the high pole to the low pole, with bi-polar sufferers they can swing from a high mood to a low mood, sometimes in seconds even. When someone with bi-polar is on a high they feel that they can conquer the world but when they are on a low they can become almost unable to even crawl out of bed. Many feel suicidal when they in a severe down phase of bi-polar.
It is a condition that is both a curse and a blessing. Some people even refer to bi-polar as the genius disease. Here are a few famous people who suffered or suffer from this – Sir Winston Churchill, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln. Robbie Williams, Russell Brand, Frank Bruno, Richard Dreyfus, Ray Davies, Mel Gibson, Ernest Hemingway, Florence Nightingale, Sinead O’Connor, Ozzy Osbourne, Nina Simone, Virginia Woolf, Brian Wilson, Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Allan Poe, Axl Rose and Brian Wilson. Then there is the inimitable, most talented, most extraordinary of bi-polar sufferers of current times, the erudite and wildean Stephen Fry.
I could go on and I think it might shock you.
Now, here is the rub. The saying goes that there is a fine line between genius and madness. Never was this truer when it comes to bi-polar sufferers.
Being bi-polar can be very difficult to live with in more ways than one because living with someone who is bi-polar must be equally as hard, especially if it goes undiagnosed. The same applies to many other conditions that I have written about in my recently published book – Snafu (that’s S N A F U). You have to know what you have before you can treat it. Bi-polar can be treated naturally as well as with medication but it takes huge willpower and discipline. The most important thing you can do, in my opinion, not just for b—polar and any depression related illness, but for your overall bodily health, is to give your body and brain chemicals a fighting chance by alkalising your system and drinking a lot more of the right type of water. Yes, water – alkaline water.
The second most important thing you can do is admit it – to yourself and to those close to you. That applies to a lot of things. It is better out there in the open than bottled up inside.
I will be blogging and audio blogging quite a bit in the future and covering a wide range of issues that affect people’s lives. Just sign up on my facebook page or at russellwebster.net. The main emphasis will always be on mental health and mental wealth. I am a great believer that you are not stuck with who you are.
The distance between the North Pole and the South Pole “as the crow flies” is around 20,014 kilometres, or 12,416 miles.
If it was possible to travel directly through the earth, it would be 12,800km or 7900 miles.