In many ways his story is similar to my own. I do not have a diagnosis of Bipolar II but it is clear that I had a number of symptoms (hypomania, hypersexuality, grandiosity, etc.) all of which are substantially muted on a paleo diet (well, not the hypersexuality so much but I refuse to give up coffee and alcohol...).
At any rate, I wonder if this resonates with anyone else?
Yup - Type !! here. I've posted about it here on PH. But yes, I've seen a huge difference. The depression is not as severe but I'm still struggling with it. I haven't had a hypomanic state in several weeks which is a long time for me and I miss them. Like Roy, the hypersexuality is still there too. I can't give up coffee yet. I'm lowering the wine intake to once per week though. That had the biggest impact on me. All in all, I can't say paleo specifically helped as I've always been a clean eater. What has helped is tracking my food, exercise and mood and changing up my food based on my moods.
Bipolar isn't a personality disorder.
Anyway, I have some close experience with personality disorder because my father has (diagnosed) narcissistic personality disorder (always fun times in our house growing up with a father like that, luckily my mom eventually kicked him out)
Obviously I'm not an expert but I can't see how my dad's pathological assholery was due to his diet, and not his ridiculously dysfunctional upbringing and resultant coping mechanisms, or whatever causes personality disorders.
FWIW, I remember a time when he decided to try the Atikns diet and he was stricter than a lot of people- no wheat, even low carb products. I don't recall him being any less of a dick during that year.
I've heard personality disorders are very difficult to treat/overcome because it's not like a mood disorder or something; your personality is you, so how do people with them realise that there's a problem? They don't. I feel like I may be wrong so someone correct me if they know more.
I had bipolar type 2 for about 5 years. The hypomanic symptoms went away about 3 years ago but up until I got pregnant 1 1/2 years ago I still struggled with debilitating depression. I think the pregnancy helped and now the correct eating has truly nipped it in the bud. I didn't give up caffiene completely but I eat vlc and only have maybe one or two glasses of wine a month. It has helped tremendously. My husband really sees a difference in me.
Great article. There are people in my life it greatly reminded me of and who I hope will read the article and be inspired
. I wonder... when he's talking about coffee being the issue... decaf too? I know that will be one of the first questions posed to me when I bring it up ;-)