Hi Beth~ I was diagnosed with Bi-Polor when i was 13 so, ummm, 20 years ago. I have been on meds but am off them because my husband and I are trying to get pregnat. I have to admit that I have felt much better since changing my diet and adding exercise. I have been told that I will have to go back on meds after i have a baby. Its hard sometimes, and remember that for most of us, when we think we are "better" we want off our meds, stick with them if they are helping. If you your meds are making you feel worse, tell your doctor right away!
Hi Missy: I have bipolar disorder as well, was diagnosed when I was 16 (8 years ago) and have been in treatment with medication for over two years, and with great success. One thing I know is that it's much easier to take care of myself when my mood is stable--not only do I have an experience of normalcy to rely on each day, I can build on that, commit to new things, take on projects, challenge myself. Your treatment with medication may give you the balance that you need to take charge of your eating and physical activity, and to stay fit. Medication can have a dulling effect, and I find that my interest in health and cooking and exercise is the sort of thing that brings new meaning to my life. I never ate poorly, but have not always been as conscious as I am now of the foods I am consuming. I have been able to reduce my medication three times in the last year and a half, and my doctor just told me that he hopes to cut it down even further in the future. I wouldn't try to substitute the diet for the medication, but do know that they can work in conjunction towards a BEST you! Good luck.