I am going to ask my two psychiatrists that I work with about this, but I'm curious to see what you think. I walk briskly 4 miles in an hour every day as well, and I'm very active. I haven't felt this good since I started taking lithium, and I realized that my depression lifted when I started drinking that amount of water 9 months ago; at the same time I started to taper my dose of lithium as well, so I wonder if there's a connection between my depression lifting and the lowered dose of lithium. Thanks for any insights you can give me!
Hello muskingum, Water does not affect medications effectiveness although it is important to drink enough to be sure it doesn't stick in your throat. It does affect removing toxins from disease, injury, illness and regular metabolic process. It also keeps the body hydrated. Too much water can be a problem. A gallon a day is about as much as you should do unless you are exercising heavily. Then increase only a bit.
Exercise helps with your condition. Better nutrition also helps. Cutting down on your lithium feels better and is common for bipolar patients. It doesn't mean you should do so without help from the psychiatrist. Too low and you will enter a manic stage. Yes, you will feel good, manic good. Do a check on your behavior and be sure you are in a good place with money, Activities, relationships and such. Please see your psychiatrist soon. The holidays are coming and I am sure being present is going to be important.
Let me know how you are doing. Karen
Hello a lot of interesting points were brought up. I did generalize about lithium withdrawal because most people who taper without a physician do as you said, they trigger a manic reaction. When done in cooperation with the psychiatrist it could go well. And if not, can be reevaluated and changed. So thanks for the more detailed explanation.
I studied biology, comparative anatomy, microbiology and psychology. I have a lot of background in science and never stopped learning. Always something new to work with. The whole topic on RNA has become very interesting as they started mapping the genome. My disease actually is a dysfunction in RNA replication production of enzymes in the ribosome. There is failure there and the cell dies. My muscle cells die. Might be a rare virus, if you are familiar with virus replication, might be genetic mutation. Story still out on this. As there are numerous types of muscular dystrophy (over 125) this falls somewhere within that category.
I was talking to a friend, internist physician, who said that mania is so hard to treat because most people don't want to deal with rising mania or deep depression. they get stuck. to handle the changes and be careful I applaud anyone who handles this well. It takes real awareness and control of self to regulate and learn methods to control ones feelings and impulses. Working with a therapist can help with changing ways to handle stress, triggers and recognition of a change. Family support is essential as well.
Glad to hear of this resource and hope that anyone dealing with this condition reads it. It certainly isn't everyone's solution as you say, but it can give insight. Insight causes change. Change helps find new.
I am very happy you have brought this information out further. I await to hear what others think about this. Thanks for your information. Stay strong. Karen
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