I would encourage everyone to PLEASE read the following article! It is excellent! Well written and will give you great insight into the Bipolar reactions produced by antidepressants.
My comment on the article: “First of all Michael I am very grateful for your article which my Washington State director has just found and forwarded to me. He knows how often I recommend doing just what you did with your diet because scientific research on Bipolar is very compelling when it comes to tying the mood swings of Bipolar to the highs and lows of hypoglycemia.
“As for being Vegan contributing to Bipolar in any way … I have found the opposite. It will PREVENT Bipolar faster than most things I am aware of. Why? Because you avoid two of the most common contributors, next to sugar, alcohol, Aspartame, and stimulants (one of the most common of course being caffeine) to triggering Bipolar which are meat and the milk protein casein. (Dr. Cade’s research at the Univ of FL would be one reference on the casein turning to caso-morphine in the brain if the casein cannot be metabolized.)
“If anything Michael the Vegan diet likely prevented you from going into a full blown mania while you were taking the Prozac and Paxil they gave you. I have seen cases where only ONE pill, taken after the patient had experienced an initial manic reaction to abrupt withdrawal from antidepressants, send that patient on a six month manic reaction full of delusions. (I could write a full book on that one manic episode!)
“The only way a Vegan diet could contribute to Bipolar is if you are not eating enough food – good nutritious food – and focusing your diet mainly on avoiding the meat and dairy while consuming all kinds of junk foods.
“Since I have specialized in antidepressant adverse reactions for 25 years I have seen MANY cases of Bipolar as antidepressants are the biggest trigger for Bipolar on the planet currently. For instance as antidepressant use skyrocketed in use from 1996 – 2004 the incidence of Bipolarl rarely heard of before, increased an astounding 4000%!
“An anti-depressant, the opposite of a depressant, is clearly a stimulant and in fact will often test out in the blood as amphetamine causing people to fail drug tests. Stimulants trigger seizure activity and what most do not realize is that mania is a continuous series of mild seizures which basically puts you into the dream state (REM is a continuous series of mild seizures) where you are acting out in a dream state or what you and other commenting here were referring to as a “fog”.
“Of course the way in which sugar contributes to this would be the adrenalin rush you get as the sugar level drops after the initial high it gives you. The adrenalin can trigger that seizure activity. Once you understand the seizure connection to Bipolar you can see why it is so beneficial to avoid any stimulant or anything that will drop sugar levels. Americans have gone from consuming 5 pounds of sugar per year in the early 1900’s to consuming around 180 pounds per year today!
“According to Dr. Candace Pert, who served as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry at the National Institute of Mental Health for 13 years and whose discovery of the binding process on neurotransmitters made antidepressants possible, sugar is almost identical to cocaine. So why would it not trigger mania? (In 1997 in TIME magazine Dr. Pert came out against antidepressants calling them “monsters” which she regretted being involved in their development. She then served on our Board of Directors for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness until her death a year ago.)
“If you would like a more detailed explanation of this feel free to contact me. Thank you for giving hope to so many others! Bipolar is not a death sentence, nor a life long mental illness!”
READ ORIGINAL ARTICLE BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW:
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”
WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at www.drugawareness.org or sign up for one of the memberships for the International Coalition for Drug Awareness which includes free consultations as one of the benefits of that particular membership plan.
WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!