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Manic depressive illness (when did it change to bi-polar) according to Butterworth's Medical Dictionary is 'A person suffering from a psychosis, classified as an effective disorder, in which excitement and mania alternate with periods of depression, delusions are prominent and suicide is a relatively common termination'.

'The pain is too much. A thousand grim winters grow in my head. In my ears the sound of the coming dead. All seasons, All sane, All living, All pain. No opiate to lock still my senses, Only left, the body locked tenses.' Spike Milligan, 'Manic Depression'.

'When my brain gets heated with thought it soon boils, and throws off images and words faster than I can skim them off'. Percy Bysse Shelley.

These were all chapter headings for a book I wrote on 'Manic Depression'. (No advertising, never published). In fact, my first blog was possibly May 2015, another chapter heading, my own poem on depression.

This was over 40 years ago. I had been suffering severe mood swings; culminating in an emergency dash to Westminster Hospital, ambulance, bells jangling, on a Friday afternoon.

I emerged clutching a piece of paper allowing me to leave, just a stark 'Mania', Then the fun started. Perceived wisdom, try to 'turn the mood'. I was put to bed for a week, husband instructed that every time I woke up I was to be thrown another couple of Mogadon. But moods got worse. Medication never lasted long before side-effects stepped in. I think Lithium actually made me violent. Then the discovery of only one working kidney stopped all meds - too dangerous.

I had five children, participated fully in our farming business, and swallowed thousands of Vallium. A different GP took over, 'You don't need those'. Panic – but we managed, I was so used to them they had little effect.

Ten years later, at University, in the second year I just could not cope, decided to give up. My personal tutor begged me not to give up before seeing the Student Advisor. She sent me to a nutritionalist. My story from then on is the reason for the title. I had a lifelong intolerance to dairy products, although I had managed to feed three babies. But huge advances in medicine showed that lack of calcium 'locked up' my magnesium, provoking stress, mood swings, and even suspected heart attacks.

Balanced minerals cured the problem in weeks; I was never manic depressive in the first place. Life started. Got my degrees, wrote loads of articles, started life in France, and with husband got into historical research, exhibitions, conferences and books. We followed a geologist son round the Far East. We started sponsoring children in India, and got in deep with social problems there, nine visits in all. My 'gardening' in this town got many plaudits, and thousands of photos.

This story is, maybe, a message of hope. Don't accept ANY label, look at your life and health holistically and see if, perhaps, there is something simple in the background that nobody has thought of.

The Gardener

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Adam G

Jan. 30, 2020, 6:10 a.m.

That was moving and profound; thank you Gardener.

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:08 a.m.

Thanks Adam G. I've stressed x times the value of keeping a diary. Now the Moodscope test (I did a blog on 'Telling the Cards' recently) pinpoints highs and lows, I find that valuable.

Dido

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:08 a.m.

Hi Gardner, Thank you! I will look at nutrition again. What a journey! For a while the label helped me but increasingly it causes me anxiety. May you journey onwards to contentment and a rich life. x Dido

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:06 a.m.

Nutrition is 'big business' Dido, much nonsense and charlatanism involved. 'Back to basics' is really order of the day. Such success on nutrition and things like diabetes, migraine and arthritis.x

Daisy

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:10 a.m.

Thank you gardener- your life is so interesting and so is the blog. Labels - I label myself others label me - probably I label others. At work we are doing dreaded performance reviews- misery on the giving and receiving end. All that judgement- and trying to be fair and to be viewed fairly and failing in all. Tough times - your blog was nice to read before a brutal day so thank you

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:03 a.m.

Good luck Daisy. I know performance has to be measured, but some rise to absolute torture - 4 days in a high position - nerve-wracking beforehand and stressful during. Is this to sort out 'the men from the boys?.

Tutti Frutti

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:21 a.m.

Hi Daisy Performance reviews can be awful can't they. I normally get very stressed and to the verge of tears in mine, particularly when the feedback is 'too nice'. I am very grateful that my line manager has said that there is no need for me to reflect on the stuff that happened at the beginning of the last quarter for my forthcoming review - since I then ended up off with depression for a few weeks and moved teams when I came back. He said that he has enough evidence already from earlier in the year to give me the mark I would usually expect. I am so grateful that no-one is forcing me to go back over a pretty bad time from which I haven't entirely slayed the dragons yet. Love TF x

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:28 a.m.

Oh TF, am so sorry this happened to you, but am full of admiration for you continuing your job, and also, to your manager who is obviously a kind, generous person - who deserves to be a manager as he 'manages' you very well. There are many who get into higher positions who haven’t a clue how to manage people at all. So thoughtful. Daisy, Mr. Bear couldn’t take much more of the once a week 'trial' that you had to write about yourself, defend your work ethic and the once-a-month peer reviews. Nearly drove him to suicide, so you have my loving thoughts with you today for what is a horrid time for all concerned. It was an American bank he worked for at the time and they seemed to think this was good to keep all the workforce on their toes and sort the wheat from the chaff.!!! It just put everyone on edge and worried for their jobs, continuously. Best wishes for the day ahead, Daisy. Bear hugs x

Daisy

Jan. 31, 2020, 5:44 a.m.

Dear bear and TF that sounds so kind of your manager TF . I am glad you have good support. Hopefully mr bear no longer has that culture at work. Yes it is the systems that set up the culture happier times

Lynzi

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:32 a.m.

Good morning Gardener. What a fascinating journey. You are one interesting and courageous lady. Thank you for sharing. I hate labels, then sometimes l think we need them. I was falsely labelled as having more episodes, when in fact it was medication. withdrawal. A black sheep of the family, when l was simply different and misunderstood. Boring at high school, because l was quiet; a slag by my mum because l smoked. I try not to judge people. It's hard in this judgey society. Even my eldest son at age 3 1/2, innocent and delightful, who loved ballet and played mummy's and daddy's with everyone, inuding girls, was influenced by a popular boy with a chauvanistic dad. The ballet stopped, boys were immediately better than girls and an obsession with expensive branded toys began. Ugh two fingers to the man and all his mindless followers. Although we share our need for human givens, we are all unique, that's what make us beautiful. Peace, love, sparkles; namaste. Lynzi Ann x

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:13 a.m.

Lynzi, I know I am a grumpy old woman from the dark ages (being a 'war' child does have its affects) but I hated it when my seemingly sensible children overspent so THEIR children could have 'street cred!' x

Tutti Frutti

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:32 a.m.

Hi Gardener I don't think you need to be in your eighties to believe that people spend a ridiculous amount of money on brands for street cred. One of my friends told me that I would have to buy my daughter designer clothes when she started secondary school so that she would fit in. Needless to say, she still doesn't have any and she has been fine. She doesn't have an iPhone either. Love TF x

Lynzi

Jan. 31, 2020, 6:11 a.m.

Sensible and real TF. Refreshing L x

Sally

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:40 a.m.

Fascinating. I loved the quotes, rang so true. And your story ( parcours, I think the French would say?) , a most interesting resumé. And to some extent, I think you’re right! When food was not as readily available when I was working in France as a camp counsellor, back in the 70s, and occupied the whole day long, I was not only at peak fitness , but also free from depressive symptoms. I thrived. Back in England, I succumbed to snacks and carbohydrate -full food, took less exercise, and some depressive symptoms returned. Stress though added to this, so that I think in effect, it’s a combination. Reduce stress, and one of the elements affecting depression disappears. Exercise, huge benefit. Good, sensible nutrition, a third brick attributed to depression falls. Then there’s Relationships ( la vie affective? In French, Gardener?) - huge impact. And physical health, and employment satisfaction, and sufficient intellectual challenge. Plus money, having that security. So I’d suggest, only my quick summary on it, that these elements make up the core of good mental health. What have I forgotten? Of course! Past events and family history and upbringing. So the truth sets you free? In my case, seeing a good counsellor allowed me to spill the contents onto the metaphorical table , pick up each, and evaluate for veracity , and put to bed. What do others think on the causes of depression? Thanks, Gardener. Just the ticket on waking from a happy dream!

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Jul

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:59 a.m.

Hi Sally. I was going to try to answer your question about what causes depression but every time I think about it, nothing simple comes to mind. I guess depression or low moods have always existed but not analysed to the nth degree as it has been in the 21st century. And different causes existed in different decades. These days, social media is a big factor for very young people and what is worrying is that children are displaying depressive symptoms at an increasingly young age. Some as young as 5. I'm an old hat at depression but still can't explain the causes. Maybe it's normal. My GP once told me that my depression was a normal reaction to my life events. Jul xx

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 10 a.m.

Sally, I HAVE to leave this fascinating discussing to continue total immersion in French for tomorrow's broadcast. Found excellent article in Guardian (in French) on history of Common Market. A nos moutons!

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:32 a.m.

Sally, what have you forgotten? SLEEP! We need restorative sleepies !!! I’m mentally adding sleep to your list!! Lol :) xx Bear hugs xx

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:33 a.m.

TG....ah nos moutons? Is that something to do with sheep? Bear x

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:40 a.m.

Yes Bear - loads expressions - stop mucking about and get back to the main issue.x

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 11:11 a.m.

Had half an hour making notes on immigration statistics - must be lunch time.

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:17 p.m.

Lol! ***

Lex

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:48 a.m.

Amazing and profound quotes, dear Gardener... and your blog reminds me of another label we use: professional. We have 'Doctor' and 'Dentist' and 'Therapist' and even 'Nutritionist' - often single entities because getting help from multiple-professionals is prohibitively expensive. Better, however, to be expansive rather than expensive, and get multiple-opinions. Thank you for your message of hope. L'xx

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Lex

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:03 a.m.

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:52 a.m.

Hi Lex, 75% me, highest for yonks. Always higher on 'blog' day, because depending on the replies it evokes it's like the postman coming all day long. Glad to see you back 'en forme'. xx

Ach UK

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:12 a.m.

I hope the " Moodscope Mail man" brings you a wheelbarrow full of lovely replies today TG. Thank you for your " helping hand " today. XX Ach.

Ach UK

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:24 a.m.

Lex, ( didn't mean to hijack your comment. with reply for TG sorry)......... . . . The Holistic approach Lex, trying to see the whole not just the injured bit ? XX Ach.

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:36 a.m.

89% Bear x

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 12:04 p.m.

Bear, are you aware that Rupert Bear is 100 this month? Are you going down to the woods? With your dogs you have to get out regardless. Here, it's darker than ever, ugh.x

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:19 p.m.

I wasn’t but am now! We have been down to the woods this morning! It was fresh and not too bright but still good enough for muddy boots and muddy paws :. .: :. .:

Andrea

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:20 a.m.

What an interesting blog, labels are difficult to shake off and although useful in some circumstances, can be a personal negative. i was fascinated about the nutritional side of your story, I've been adjusting my nutrition recently and have added more vitamins. A few years ago i was diagnosed with low Vitamin D levels and since i now take high levels of additional Vit D, i've found that i can ride the rough storms of depression a little easier and I choose not to take any medications. So i'm a bit of an advocate that people should try this before moving onto any more serious prescription drugs, but only with low level depression. So I think i'll also look into your magnesium idea as well. Thank you for your thoughts x

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:31 a.m.

Andrea, Just read my Magnesium packet - for nervousness, irritability, spells of anxiety, recurrent tiredness and minor sleep problems. Well worth reading up about magnesium.

Jul

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:51 a.m.

Good morning Gardener. What a very interesting and helpful blog. The calcium deficiency which locks out Magnesium rang alarm bells with me. I am calcium deficient and taking nothing to put that right which might well be contributing to my mental health issues. This is something new to me so a big thank you Gardener for mentioning it. I find my depression cannot really be fully explained via the traditional medical route which I suppose is related to Serotonin uptake. But neither can it be fully explained by my upbringing, my personality, my current lifestyle, my diet. However I would like it to go away so always go for the simplest quickest solution which inevitably involves traditional prescribed medication. This means I don't have to think for myself other than googling different antidepressants and I can see my GP for free. It requires minimal effort and energy to see my GP and I can come away with more magic medicine. But I need to look outside the box and your blog has made me realise this is the answer for me. A big thank you, bises and hugs. Julxxx

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 8:59 a.m.

Jul, have a test with a QUALIFIED nutrionalist. Google 'magnesium'. Magnesium deficiency provokes chronic fatigue, general weakness, and muscle pain. This latter, with me, was so chronic that I was taken to hospital three times with suspected heart attack. No panic, it was because there was acute pain where the ribs joined the sternum (symptomatic of lack of calcium as well, I believe) so the pains were in a place where one would suspect a heart attack.

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Jul

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:03 a.m.

I will. Good idea. I must admit I've been having strange quite frightening sharp pains near the heart area and have tried not to catastrophise (difficult for someone like me) . Thank you so much! Your blog and advice has come at just the right time. Jul xx

Orangeblossom

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:16 a.m.

Thanks for your great blog ‘TG. It is very informative & thought-provoking. A dear friend of mine used to say Resist All Labels.’ That is very encouraging! T’other friend does the opposite. Always keen on labels which sometimes is wearing. Institutions & organisations label people & then hide them away out of site. Unfortunately to have support, a person needs to have a statement & a valid needs assessment.

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:25 a.m.

For everybody. I take Calcium D3 (on prescription) and Magnesium with vitamin B6 (not prescribed in the North of France, is in the South). In UK, if your GP thinks you may be lacking in these fundamental needs he may refer you to a qualified nutritionalist, and you may get these supplements on prescription. The great thing is if the nutritionalist gets it right it is one payment, not the open-ended cheque book of therapy (not that I would decry that need for some people).

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Kate

Jan. 30, 2020, 9:51 a.m.

I take my hat off to you! What an achievement! I am convinced that what we put in our mouths dictates how our body and brain work. Food intolerance has much to answer for, and should be more fully researched. The trouble is, there are too many people making money out of this label, the pharmaceutical companies being one of the main ones. It is so easy to just put a label on it; we are all different; what we inherit, our genes, and so on. I feel the same way about anti-depressants. I have seen the damage they can cause.

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Ach UK

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:03 a.m.

Your story is indeed a message of hope TG. I read it and am delighted that you share it to Moodscope. I think you show us just how amazing humans can be and how one label is not the measure of the woman ( or man ). Psychiatry focuses on mental ill health. -- Greatley to the detriment of it's clients it seems to forget that for most of us we lead a healthy, productive life for the majority of our lives.) --- I come with a wheelbarrow full of labels . . and everyone I meet ( family, friends or strangers ) picks them over, deciding which label fits their evaluation or attaches another to suit the moment. I guess some of mine would be Sister, Mother, Jill of all Trades, Chickenpox, Sciatica, Omnivore, " that bird who sings all the time " . . Successful Allied Health Professional ( retired) and somewhere at the bottom of the wheelbarrow, oh yes, there is a well-worn grubby label " Bipolar Disorder ". Labels will come, but our whole life is so so much more than any one label. Thank you Gardener, I weep in gratitude and relief to be reminded that we are many and together we can eat the whole elephant; including label. XX Ach. PS: Your Poem from May 2015 -- Thank you, one I will keep.

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Another Mary

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:13 a.m.

Fascinating blog Gardener, thank you. I've been seeing a nutritionist to deal with the after-effects of helicobacter pylori and it has helped me to strengthen internally and externally in a very consistent way.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:41 a.m.

Hi AM, had to look that one up, sounds very scary, so I hope you are doing really well now you have been seeing the nutritionist. Bear x

Leah

Jan. 30, 2020, 10:45 a.m.

TG I do have a label and I feel mine is caused by a chemical imbalance that responds to lithium. I am glad things have worked out for you . I tried all the nutritional angles but the only thing that worked was lithium. I am sure your blog will help others.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 11:02 a.m.

Waving Bear paws at you Leah x x x x x

Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 11:02 a.m.

Dearest TG, You HAVE come a long way. Even in the past few years of caring and losing Mr. TG. I am so pleased you have mentioned your nutritionist and what got you 'sorted'. Another Moodscoper mentioned magnesium, so I too, will look into it. Some of the problems seem to be everyone says ‘this worked for me', so you try the new thing, but you often have to try it for a few months to see any real benefit, and many of these tablets are only available from health food shops who charge a lot of money!! So for many, it’s trying to manage cost too. However, I’d much rather pay for those tablets and be able to come off the paid-for prescription antidepressants any day! At the end of the day, we all want and need to feel better. Zoë Harcombe (think she is now a professor) is someone you should look up on your pootery thing. For years she has been researching nutrition, and yes she has books available, but she has put her degree into finding out what happens to our bodies with the food we consume. She wants us all to just eat REAL FOOD! No ridiculous additives, use proper butter, real cheese, good proper fats, good vegetables for all the vitamins and proper meat. No carbs sadly!! If you check her out and look for her Seven day diet, it gives you details about candida, the fungus we all have in our gut that thrives the more rubbish we eat; also food intolerances and hypoglycaemia. I just keep the pdf of her seven day diet thing on my iPad to remind myself what I should be doing!! I don’t know her personally so I’m not 'promoting' her - it’s just that what she says is just good common sense, of which we have lost along our way, because of what the big food industry 'feeds us through advertising and it’s what it wants us to eat...their own ‘formula-made' foods'. We don’t need all the additives and E numbers they put in to keep food fresh and 'taste' of a particular flavour and then charge a fortune for! Rant over:) Btw...please do not read this as Bear having a a real rant...!! I’m just adding ingredients to the pot! Obviously carb-free! Ha ha! Top notch blog, TG, one of your best! Love and Bear hugs xx

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 11:15 a.m.

Bear, thanks for the flattery. Anybody with time read any article on Magnesium and athletes. When athletes collapse after a marathon it is often found that they are so exhausted they cannot access their magnesium.

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 11:59 a.m.

Thinking 'holistically' mind turns to lunch, and not (40 min phone call, down memory lane on cars) to ignore the GOOD use of alcohol. The Midi area in France swears on olive oil and red wine for good health. Now, I always have a small glass of red wine with my lunch time sandwich - with World at One (sends me to sleep) France Inter or Sudoku. I have found this 'practice' de-stressing since I had to cope with Mr G.

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Oli

Jan. 30, 2020, 12:35 p.m.

Really interesting blog Gardener. I also happen to subscribe to the basic philosophy of keeping an open mind regarding labels, diagnoses, treatments, and even the current conclusions taken from evidence-based science. And it's because everything changes. Everything. It's not a simple position. You have to be prepared to dig deep and quite honestly it's not always possible. Case in point, for me, the role of calcium and magnesium with regard to mood. I've had a look at some papers and it's way beyond my scope of understanding, let alone expertise. I've got to sit back and be guided by expert opinion but to be honest I don't possess enough knowledge to evaluate the experts! And that's where I find myself coming to rest in similar position to yours. In the absence of clear weight of evidence I'm guided by my experience. From a scientific point of view this is absolutely worthless, but my life is not a science experiment. So that's okay! :-) Thank you for the blog x

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:29 p.m.

Oli, I am not being cynical, but all these 'disorders' lose me. Friend of 30 years with 'depression', now in a home. Docs say she was a model, exhibitionist, now, Attention Seeking Disorder? Or just a major sulk. x

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:32 p.m.

Needs bit more explanation. No label given to this lady - docs perplexed. But she liked to be the 'Queen Bee'. I presume this must happen to 'stars', film or pop, whose comet no longer shines. Where do they go?

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 1:46 p.m.

Oli, really simple science. In the depths of my memory I knew that when I started all these peculiarly symptoms leading to hospitalisation Mr G and I should have referred to animals, Cows can suffer from 'grass staggers' in spring, can lead to physical weakness and death if not treated. Pure magnesium deficiency - the answer was to have a permanent magnesium 'lick' in the field, like a huge Polo. Basic physical needs for the maintenance of good health in any 'animal'. I think some cases of schizophrenia have been treated with minerals.

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Hopeful One

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:02 p.m.

Hi Gardener- what a blog ! What a journey. Greetings to all from Machu Pichu . When I was a medical student doing my Psychiatry module our professor told us NEVER make a psychiatrist diagnosis until you have exhausted ALL known organic causes that could possibly explain the symptoms . It holds today as it does then. Your case is a case in point. Here is our laugh . Warning : this joke has adult content which some readers may find offensive. Pfizer & Pepsi to Merge This will no doubt put Coca Cola out of business in the near future...! The Pfizer Corporation announced today that ****** will soon be available in liquid form and this new product will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of cocktails, highballs and just a good old-fashioned stiff drink. Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO. Thought for the day...There is more money being spent on breast implants and ****** today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2025, there should be a large elderly population with perky *****, huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

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Bearofliddlebrain

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:24 p.m.

Greetos to you HO in Machu Pichu!!! How wonderful you are n another superb holiday! Moodscope from beyond the mountains of Peru! Have a wonderful time and thank you a lol joke! Bear hugs xx

The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:25 p.m.

HO so funny, but such a sting in the tail of the joke. Machu Pichu? Thought you were on a Carribean cruise. My geography is shaky, but surely you are the other side of South America?

Hopeful One

Jan. 30, 2020, 5:12 p.m.

Hi Gardener- we did the Caribbean cruise and found ourselves on this one which we had to book earlier .This one takes us to the Galápagos Islands eventually. Nothing wrong with your geography. Glad you and Bear enjoyed the laugh!

Otir

Jan. 30, 2020, 2:45 p.m.

Same type of story as yours, Gardener, in so many ways! Thank you for writing your thoughts here and sharing with all of us. I found my way out through a different type of nourishment but all in all,it is pretty much the same as you: there are many paths to the same destination which is always life.

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Liz

Jan. 30, 2020, 4:57 p.m.

As soon as I started reading this blog I knew it was you Gardener. I just love the way you describe things and you always have such interesting things to say and to tell us. You've given such a message of hope to others. I don't like labels either particularly. Thank you for this blog x

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 6:46 p.m.

I have just printed out my notes for tomorrow, which took me straight back to the blog title. 26 years resident France. One month citizen of the Republic of Ireland. 47 years member of the European Union, as British. Tomorrow will undoubtedly be on the 'divorce' and what fears I, and other 'ex-pats' have for the future. Thanks to you lot, today has been most interesting. Tomorrow is another day, with a vengeance. And, forgotten, it's my turn to do church flowers. I'm tired already! :-) xx

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Mj

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:17 p.m.

My dear fellow Gardener, (gardening is definitely one of my most effective medications). I cannot agree with you more. I saw my first psychiatrist in 1970. I don't have time to get into the 50 years of disturbance they created in my life with diagnostic criteria such as you posted. Let me just say that it was discovered that diet was huge for me too. Blood work proves it. I have difficulties with proteins and need lots of all the B vitamins. I have done more for my sustained mental health by making sure I eat some high quality beef once a week and tons of vegetables plus supplements. I tend to eat a lot of fish so eating the beef (especially when the young ones say cows are ruining the planet) is not easy and I often need friends or family to remind me when my mood inexplicable goes south, "When is the last time you ate red meat?" I usually have to search my memory banks to find it has been several weeks. Yippee! Time for a steak and salad! The difference in 24 hours is unlike any pill any doctor has given me. The other thing to remember is that historically, diagnoses go in and out of fashion. Since the 1990s bi-polar has skyrocketed as a diagnosis. One wonders when it will go out of vogue and another will take its place. Meanwhile we humans will continue to deal with grief, oppression, poverty, awful family situations and general lack of satisfaction with our stage in life. Thank you for sharing. That was great!

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The Gardener

Jan. 30, 2020, 7:29 p.m.

Thanks Mj. These diagnoses. It seems a new set of initials appears every day. I watched the two nights on the holocaust. Afterwards, you wonder how anybody can grumble abou t anything, but we are human.

RC

Feb. 2, 2020, 10:52 a.m.

It’s now Sunday and I’m catching up with the past weeks blogs-so glad I have! Your blog dear TG is SO inspiring; I have seen a nutritionist and gave up many 'problem foods' however it didn’t help. I have bipolar disorder so maybe I was clutching at straws. It did teach me to eat better though-I’ve cut out some sugar although I still eat a little chocolate now and again. Thank you for your insight and I’m so pleased to hear what helped you. I will try anything that challenges how I feel but after 30 plus years I’m not doing too bad. Take care x

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