See what I mean? That is, if you read the previous post: Autoimmune Illness Could Be a Factor in Your Bipolar Disorder you will be starting to think of underlying causes for your bipolar symptoms. Excellent.
And what depressed person does not have some cognitive issues i.e. difficulty concentrating or ‘brain fog’? Or not experience fatigue? None. Fatigue, brain fog and depression all go hand in hand.
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They are also symptoms of autoimmune illness or of having an autoimmune reaction.
What’s an Autoimmune Reaction?
The below is quoted from the article “Immune Disorders” on the website Merck Manual.
“Cells in a person’s own tissues also have antigens. But normally, the immune system reacts only to antigens from foreign or dangerous substances, not to antigens from a person’s own tissues.”
“However, the immune system sometimes malfunctions, interpreting the body’s own tissues as foreign and producing antibodies (called autoantibodies) or immune cells that target and attack particular cells or tissues of the body.”
“This response is called an autoimmune reaction. It results in inflammation and tissue damage.”
Source: Autoimmune Disorders.
Precursor Symptoms Occur Before You Get Diagnosed
Precursors to a full-blown, diagnosable autoimmune disease are autoimmune reactions. Your body is in the process of doing things it is not supposed to be doing (the immune system attacking cells of organs without just cause) but you’re not really ill yet.
The symptoms are a bit annoying, but you are one tough cookie and hell if they are going to slow you down. Sound familiar? It’s a similar story to what someone who ends up with a serious mood disorder goes through.
Everyone’s path to a diagnosis of bipolar is a bit unique, though there are similarities in the symptoms experienced. Those with Bipolar 2 Disorder normally have years of depression, or a severe depressive episode as precursor to their diagnosis.
Those who are Manic Depressive usually have early onset in late teen to early twenties and includes an episode or episodes of mania – most often requiring medical intervention and possibly hospitalization.
Think of What Symptoms You Had Prior To Getting Sick
What you want to think about – outside of clinging desperately to the label ‘bipolar’ – is what may have caused those precursor states, and the eventual expression of illness that got you labeled with a mental illness.
What were the precursors to your illness? Street drugs, poor diet, prescription medications, exposure to chemicals, eating toxic fast food, snacks and sugar on a regular basis?
What can you identify as possibly causing your illness states. That’s how you want to think. Even if your lazy doctor doesn’t bother to, just wants to write prescriptions.
Does that make sense? Bipolar disorder is just a label, a diagnostic category whether you were even diagnosed correctly or not. And no one wants to live disabled by mental illness, or having to take toxic medications that make them sicker for the rest of their lives.
And you do not have to. Read. Learn. Challenge whatever thinking is keeping you stuck in a rut, stuck being ill and stuck taking medications you intuitively know are not making you better.
They of course are not making you better. They are not treating any identifiable biologic processes in your body that were proven to cause your illness.
The meds are affecting chemicals to try and get you stabilized or help you feel better i.e. the levels of this or that, preventing that one from working as it may be a wolf chemical in sheep’s atoms there to knock your brain down. But they have no scientific backing and the long-term consequences of taking them are severe, including death.
We don’t want that happening to you. Think, read, learn and seek alternative care for your primary symptoms.
Work with a physician who will search alongside with you for undiagnosed affecting illnesses, undiagnosed medical problems or natural remedies to try that will not disable your brain-body, making you more ill.
The goal is to get better, not worse.
Related post: Help Your Doctor by Learning Psych Med Side Effects.
Next post: What To Do If You Think an Autoimmune Illness Caused Your Bipolar Disorder.