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Putting bipolar 2 disorder into remission — Carrie Brown


Almost my whole life being depressed.
In 2013, it all went very, very sideways
when I had a mental break,
I had to agree to a psychiatric evaluation.
That evaluation let me be diagnosed
with Bipolar 2 disorder.
And I spent eight months being suicidal
and by that, I mean that every moment
I was awake for eight months,
my brain was trying to kill me.
I literally couldn’t stand it anymore
and I went and found a new doctor
who put me on an anti-seizure medication
called Lamotrigine.
And three days later it was like someone
had switched the lights on in my life
and I experienced joy
for probably the first time ever.
I had joy for six months
and then I became suicidal.
The response to that was
to double the dose and the joy returned.
It was kind of magical.
And so, I had joy for six months
and then I became suicidal.
I was also really, really angry
that nobody on my medical team
was asking the critical question –
what is it that caused me
to start having Bipolar 2 disorder?
I bumped into a doctor on Twitter
who a lot of you may know, Dr. Ted Naiman.
Dr. Naiman put me
on a very hardcore ketogenic diet
and as a result of my DNA searches,
I discovered that I have a genetic mutation
called MTHFR,
which means that when I ingest B vitamins,
I can’t do anything with them.
With taking methylated B vitamins
and going onto a ketogenic diet,
I came off the Lamotrigine.
I have been medication free and completely
symptom free for three and a half years.
My mission now is to talk
about mental health openly
because there’s way too many people
dying of suicide
and there’s way too many people
who are suffering silently,
and I truly believe that there is a way
that most of those can be at least put
in remission if not cleared completely.

Randall Smitham

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8 COMMENTS

  1. TheCinder24 Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    I find Carrie Brown's story eye-opening and inspirational. I have found that eating Keto has made not only my body better but my mental health better. Thank you Carrie for speaking out about your condition in order to help others.

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  2. ShawnaBear Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    I have bipolar 2 disorder and am also on the keto lifestyle. I take Cymbalta and Abilify. (I'm allergic to Lamictal) I have no more anxiety but I still have to take my meds. I was without Abilify for over two weeks and my anxiety was through the roof. Also, off topic, I have been sober for just over a year. I am on meds for alcohol abuse disorder but I really credit keto for finally getting me sober.

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  3. Shenandoah Highlands Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Brava!!! Thank you for your dedication to speaking out!

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  4. TheCinder24 Posted on August 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The Keto diet makes me able to think clearer and more even. I am able to think about what is upsetting me or making me sad & I can make better choices. It also seems to make me happier in general, so when I have a low, I don't go off the deep end. It won't take everyone off of psychiatric drugs, but it can maybe help pinpoint what is exactly wrong with someone and help them get the right drugs & the right therapy that they need.

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  5. openbutterflies Epperson Posted on August 4, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    This made me cry. Having lost several family members to suicide, anything that can help people break that cycle of pain and want to live again touches my heart. Thanks for sharing, Carrie. <3

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  6. Amy L Posted on August 4, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    My sister’s brain succeeded in killing her. Sometimes I wonder how different her life would have been if a doctor had recommended something as simple as a ketogenic nutritional approach. She may or may not have followed it but at least she would have had the option.

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  7. Nathan Taylor Posted on August 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    I always thought this disorder was some made up condition; I believed people who had this disorder were seaking attention, I was very wrong. Bi-Polar disorder is a very real medical condition. I'm glad I found this video. Thank you.

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  8. Anet Roper Posted on August 5, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    I have Cyclothymia or type 2 BP. I started on Lamotrigine, and felt great, but then I started the Keto diet, and felt even better. Ketones are Neurotransmitter. They are brilliant for mental health.

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