A similar question has been asked before, but this derives from Michael Ellsberg's fascinating Forbes article.
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.
Yup. I think it's the coffee believe it or not. I'm about a week and half into no caffeine plus paleo and there's definitly a difference. I'm not tired, but the result is that I feel like doing absolutely nothing, and feel very blaaah. But personality, grandiosity, mood swings are why I went Paleo in the first place, and same, it keeps it under control except for hypersexuality. Give up coffee.
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 ;-)