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  • Improvement in mental illness :)

    I know i've seen a couple people around here say they are Bipolar, or Schizophrenic.
    I have Borderline personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, which is kinda like Bipolar on hi speed with some abandonment issues thrown in for good measure!
    Anyway, my point is: Has anyone else noticed an improvement in their mental issues since starting primal?
    I've been doing this roughly a month, and before, i used to have severe mood swings daily, and constant anxiety - but now, i feel pretty good most of the time!

    My depression is pretty much gone.
    Anxiety issues have lightened considerably, which before were crippling
    I'm not so goddamn angry all the time, although it's still there, it's in the back of my head.
    I'm also obnoxiously happy and energetic to the point where it's weirding people out :P
    I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

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    Check out this thread. Congrats on the changes.

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread26139.html

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    • #3
      I know that some people with mental illness don't do well on a primal-type diet so it's fabulous that it's working for you
      Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by belinda View Post
        I know that some people with mental illness don't do well on a primal-type diet so it's fabulous that it's working for you



        Originally posted by bwhit View Post
        Check out this thread. Congrats on the changes.

        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread26139.html
        I will, thanks!
        I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

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        • #5
          I have had depression and anxiety issues in the past, but I have not had any problems while on primal (without any medication too, which is awesome). I am actually feeling like I am able to deal with some prior emotional crap that I haven`t looked at in ages, which is super great.

          I am glad to hear your BPD is doing well. My grandma (currently 98!) has BPD, and maintaining a good relationship with her has been pretty difficult at times. I may see if I can point her towards the primal diet. Her anxiety makes her life pretty miserable sometimes, as I am sure you can understand.
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          • #6
            Many of us have had major improvements in mood stability and affect since adopting a primal/paleo diet.

            Emily Deans blog Evolutionary Psychiatry is worth reading. Every. Single. Post.

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            • #7
              Can the undiagnosed schizos chime in? No, I still have trouble eating food prepared by others and I don't even trust my mother. I blockade my door every night, but then again my roommate did threaten me (and I did tell him I'd rip his heart out...).
              In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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              • #8
                The only upside is that I realise I'm insane on an intellectual level and can manage it.
                In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                • #9
                  I have self-diagnosed myself to have suffered from life-long bipolar and borderline Asperger's. The last time I talked to a therapist (for what I felt were panic attacks, she said, in so many words, "why are you wasting my time?" I feel that primal has helped with these issues, but there could be other reasons I feel better.

                  Bipolar: Depression was not the main issue. Periods of being manic and doing inappropriate things were serious issues. They are still lurking but under control. One reason a take a very skeptical approach to primal is that it has been so easy for me to get manic. But it feels like a fog has lifted from my brain. I don't see myself engaging in inappropriate behavior now.

                  Asperger's: On tests for this, I score borderline if I answer the way I would have most of my life. No empathy at all, despite really wanting and trying to be a loving person. Almost total inability to look at someone's face. If I tried, my body would scream "Get me out of here!!!" Now, I feel like I have great empathy and I find it easy to look at people's faces, usually.

                  Whatever the reason for the changes, I'm happy with them. I think proper nutrition has been a big factor.
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                  • #10
                    I've had some mood issues in the past - depression. I think its something that comes and goes in my life in phases but I find when I am sticking to primal well my mood enhances to levels that I haven't experienced on the SAD. When I go off primal or slip up I find I go into a slow but steady descent back into the fog and depression.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Alex Good View Post
                      Can the undiagnosed schizos chime in? No, I still have trouble eating food prepared by others and I don't even trust my mother. I blockade my door every night, but then again my roommate did threaten me (and I did tell him I'd rip his heart out...).
                      I don't trust mine either, and it's only in the last couple years that i have stopped carrying around a switchblade. She tried to kill me roughly once a month until i was 17 and she made me homeless >_>
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hedonist View Post
                        I have self-diagnosed myself to have suffered from life-long bipolar and borderline Asperger's.
                        I have thought similar things. I'm not bi-polar, but there are symptoms of dysthymia or anhedonia that I recognise. Whatever though, I just try to live as I want to and keep on trucking. Things on the whole are still awesome.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nion View Post
                          I don't trust mine either, and it's only in the last couple years that i have stopped carrying around a switchblade. She tried to kill me roughly once a month until i was 17 and she made me homeless >_>
                          Yeah but my distrust of her is completely unfounded.
                          In all of the universe there is only one person with your exact charateristics. Just like there is only one person with everybody else's characteristics. Effectively, your uniqueness makes you pretty average.

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                          • #14
                            Have had rather severe bouts of depression (often suicidal) in the past a few times. Once was postpartum... the healthy fats and amino acids in the Primal diet would definately help any mental disorders. Also the stabilization of blood sugar. Focusing on the health of your gut flora can also be really beneficial, add in some good probiotic foods, drinks, and even supplements. I do much better mentally when I eat well and exercise. I really recommend checking out Julia Ross's books and also the GAPS book if you're interested in understanding the connections more.

                            I did have one experience where I started a diet similar to primal and seemed to really lose it, I think as I lost weight toxins were getting released into my system too fast and I couldn't handle it. You could also experience die-off if you nix sugar and do probiotics. So worsening symptoms don't necessarily mean you're doing something wrong or unhealthy, but maybe slow down and make your changes more gradually.

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                            • #15
                              I've had issues with depression and mood swings in the past since I was a teenager, but over the past ten months, my mood has stabilized. While the major depression wasn't an issue after about 20 years old, I had problems with PTSD after 9/11, and still had mood swing problems. I got really depressed before primal for various reasons (lost career, husband left me, lost home, unemployment, father getting cancer) but I do credit going primal in part to helping me gain confidence and get back on my feet. Granted, when I go back to the US, I will probably be unemployed and living with my parents again for a while, but I think I am in a better position to pick up the pieces and make a new life for myself when I get home because I'm not moody or suspicious much.
                              I think in part knowing that I was able to cure myself and fix a body that I thought was out of control definitely helped me become more stable. I still seriously need my alone time, but I can manage a hectic schedule now and the uncertainty of the future. It took a lot of time, but it happened.

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