Showing posts with label Recurrent Depression. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Recurrent Depression. Show all posts

Friday, October 28, 2022

Prolonged Recurrent Depression

Dear Reader,

Thank you for stopping by! 

I have experienced many episodes of extreme mood swings since 30 years ago. Sometimes I am well and energetic with increased creativity. Sometimes I am very unwell and clinically depressed with extreme exhaustion and unable to function. As the years went by, the episodes of my clinical depression kept increasing and worsening.

I sought medical treatment and I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in March 2007. Since then I have been under medical treatment and using suitable management plans ie managing stress and stress, try to eat healthy meals, exercise, supplements, etc etc whenever I can.

For the first 13 years the medicine and treatment plans worked well. My health still alternating between hypomania (well) and severe clinical depression (very unwell), these being the characteristics of Bipolar. Thank God I was able to recover from the clinical depression within 2 weeks to a month after my Doctor increased the dosage of my anti-depressant whenever I have relapses. Once I was well, the dosages are lowered back to my regular dosage.

But over the last 2 year, 2 of the 4 medicines I have been taking, didn't work any more despite increased in dosages. It seems that my body has got used to them after taking them for 13 years. So I began to feel unwell. I realized that due to aging and menopause, my body is also undergoing some changes which also affect my whole body.

My Doctor is making some changes in my medicine as well as finding new treatment plans. For 2 years now, she has been trying me out with combinations of some new medicines and trying to find optimal dosages for my health to get better and stabilise.

So far, she has not found the right combinations of new medicines and the optimal dosages yet. It generally takes around 6 months for old medicines to leave my body system. So it also takes that long for the new replacement medicine to work.

Thank God for linking me up with sister Deborah Wang through Facebook. Deborah is a Nutritionist cum Health Consultant. She is teaching me a Detox and Rejuvenate Program as she believes there are a lot of toxin in my body due to prolonged medication and my meals. These toxins are affecting my body and brain in various negative ways. See my next post on Detox and Rejuvenate Program (Part 1) for details.

Thank God for grace and strength daily as I wait upon Him for restoration. God reminds me daily that He will give me sufficient grace and strength as I need. He has been comforting and encouraging me with Deuteronomy 33:25b "... as thy days, so shall thy strength be."

Thank you for stopping by. I hope some posts or resources I shared on this blog will benefit you and others in need.

By God's grace
28 October 2022