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09-28-2006, 03:27 PM
hey livingatthetop. i have a question for you. my sister was diagnosed as bipolar almost a year ago. she's been having a really hard time with it as she was a senior in highschool when she was diagnosed and that's already a really hard year without all the other manic/depression slides. anyway, i was wondering if you decided to go raw because of the bipolar, or if they are totally unrelated, and also whether you think it helps or not. i'd be really interested in chatting with you, but i'm pretty new to this forum and have no idea how to chat with just one person. if someone could help me out with this or has other advice for a bipolar sister, i'd really really :( appreciate it. i'm sorry, i'm still very emotional over this whole thing and i'm also a katrina transplant, so this year has been very emotional for me. this forum and raw has been very very helpful. i'm very thankful that i just happened to wander in here one day :)
09-28-2006, 04:33 PM
I am bipolar and even though moving more toward raw food hasn't "fixed" me, I feel healthier and more energetic, so it seems to be harder to get depressed. I'd say my manic episodes are about the same as normal, maybe slightly more frequent because I do have more energy to offer them. Me being raw doesn't really have much to do with my being bi-polar.
I wish your sister the best - this is not an easy thing to live with.
Remind her often to continue to choose to love herself and work with her moods in kindness instead of fighting against herself or others.
The best thing I've ever done is see a therapist who showed me the importance of self-love, because I was a very self-hating, destructive person. Making the decision to be okay is important. I had to look at my whole self and say, "I'm a little nutty, but it's okay - I'm unique, smart, and worth loving, and I'm going to deal with this as sanely and with as much kindness as I possibly can."
Things are still hard, but the will can be a very strong healing force when you choose to be positive and not negative.
09-28-2006, 05:57 PM
thanks so much. i really appreciate your words :) and i will pass them on
09-29-2006, 11:46 AM
09-29-2006, 10:10 PM
.I just want to first say that I sympathize with your sister.
Secondly I would have to say that being raw has helped me tremendously with my bipolar. I function 100 percent and am able to follow my dreams and live a pretty successful life minus the ordinary ups and downs that everyone faces. Raw has specifically help me by placing my body in a place were it can heal it self and use each vitamin mineral etc for rejuvenation.
Raw truly works. I wish your sister luck and courage to face her illness head on.
Thanks Lay Lay for the bump
10-03-2006, 06:04 PM
thanks for the info lvgatthetop. i really appreciate you taking the time. i've been talking with my family about this, in regards to all of them, but as my sister is a freshman in college, i don't know if she takes me seriously. i'll keep talking to her though. that's what sisters are for :) thanks again
and thanks Lay lay
10-03-2006, 06:33 PM
One thing that I notice in our RAW forum is that, while we all have our challenges that we must deal with and even though some may or may not be healed by our new eating choices, it is amazing to see the common thread in most of here of how we are learning to respect our bodies and who we are as beings. This has to be one of the greatest encounters for me so far, meeting people who care about others who are basically strangers, wanting to help eachother out with their problems, offering love and caring, as well as significant advice about eating as healthfully as possible. I am not bipolar, but I do suffer from depression and I have found that you all are simply an amazing group of loving, encouraging, and uplifting people that I consider myself privileged to have met. :p
10-04-2006, 12:44 PM
AMEN - that's all I have to say. ;)
10-04-2006, 03:38 PM
i agree. i have been blown away by the level of care for others in this forum, whereas so many forums are about tearing down and humiliating others.
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