You are really pleased with how your daughter is turning out.
She is kind, generous and well-liked. She has done volunteer work for local charities throughout high school. She has a great sense of humor and a strong sense of responsibility. You can count on her for help when you need it. She is an accomplished musician, playing the piano, organ and harp. You are really very proud of her.
She is different from her high school girlfriends. They are lighthearted, always talking about clothes and boys, or boys and clothes. But she is more serious. She is thinking about careers and college. She is not sure what she would like to do. You’d like to see her do something with music, but she is talking about engineering. She’s good in science.
Her teachers think she can do whatever she wants. They are steering her toward prestigious colleges, colleges that are hard to get into. She is at the top of her class with good SAT scores. You’d love to see her go to the same university you and her dad went to.
The summer after high school graduation passes and it is time for her to leave for college. Whew, one more kid out of the house. It’s a little lonely, but you’ll adjust.
You do not know how you could be lonely, actually, because she is calling home a lot. She sounds stressed out. She’s confused about what classes to take, thinks the campus is too big, says there are too many kids. She claims she hasn’t made any friends yet. She feels lost. She misses the intimacy of her small high school.
This isn’t like her. You thought she’d love the university. You figure this will pass, and the phone calls, in fact, do slow down.
But one night weeks later, out of the blue, you get a call from the university hospital. She’s been admitted to the psychiatric unit. They say she’s had a manic episode.
The news hits you broadside. She never went to any classes, never registered for any, never bought any books. She’s been awake for ten days now. Her speech is rapid, absurd, illogical. Her roommates brought her to the hospital. They thought she was on drugs or something.
You get there as soon as you can. You hardly recognize her she looks so different. Her hair is long and dirty, her clothes disheveled, her eyes dart from place to place. She can’t seem to maintain one train of thought. She races from idea to idea. She is really over-amped. Her energy level is through the roof.
She is obviously very sick, but also totally set on getting out of ‘this smoke filled hole’, as she calls the hospital. She’s been started on psychiatric medication, but she is still utterly out of control. Your fear turns to foreboding.
The psych ward is full of bizarre looking characters. Nothing about this is familiar or positive. You are told that she has a manic psychosis, that she is out of touch with reality. There is no known cause or cure for this disorder, but you are assured that the right medication will reduce its symptoms.
Your contact person tells you that your daughter will need medication for the rest of her life. Contact person…. Where is her doctor? You haven’t seen her doctor yet. The rest of her life. That is a long time.
Where are the doctors these days, anyway?
Usually when you are really sick, a doctor is there to be sure things go well.
You feel like you are in a nightmare…except you’re sure you are awake.
How did you get from being a person who was sending your accomplished daughter to a major university, to where you are standing right now?
You feel as if you have entered some parallel universe.
Days and weeks go by. Things evolve. Your daughter is out of the hospital. She’s back at home doing mostly nothing. She is gaining weight, indifferent to grooming herself, has no motivation, no life.
Her treatment is biweekly visits to a psychiatrist who gives her medication but will not speak with you because of confidentiality issues. Your daughter’s symptoms have been modified, but she is not herself. She is not well, not by a long shot.
More time passes. Nothing changes. You come to the realization that this state of affairs is not acceptable to you. It is just not a solution.
You determine that you are going to find out what else is out there. You are not going to accept the future that is being handed to you for her. You are going to research and work and win back the daughter that you once had.
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What kind of nutrition does the food you eat contain? Are you eating well farmed organic food, fresh and full of vitamins and minerals? Or is it tasteless, colorless, industrially farmed, genetically modified processed food?
If you are eating poor food, you are setting yourself up for degenerative disease of every kind, not just psychiatric disorder.
Certain foods, that are otherwise good foods, may just not be good for you. They may give you cerebral allergy, brain symptoms that disappear when you stop eating them.
Gluten and casein, for example, are two hard-to-digest proteins found in grains and dairy. They alone are responsible for one in twenty-five cases of psychotic thought disorder, among other symptoms. Remove them from your diet and the change can be dramatic.
Gastrointestinal imbalance is the basis for many ‘psychological’ problems, including anxiety, depression and psychotic thought disorder. You need to have the right environment inside your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
You need good bacteria in there, and fiber, and other substances that help you digest your food and absorb the nutrients it contains.
Poor digestion and absorption sets you up for every kind of disorder. Poor physical and mental health, fatigue, inflammation and degenerative disease are just a few of the many problems you can get.
It is astonishing how little recognition there is of the simple, obvious fact that the metabolic byproducts of the conditions in your gastrointestinal tract impact the way your brain and body function. Problem organisms in your gastrointestinal tract send neurotoxic byproducts to your brain.
Vitamin deficiencies are common sources of psychiatric symptoms, as are amino acid, essential fatty acid and mineral deficiencies.
Toxic burden from heavy metals are a major source of neurologic/psychiatric disorder. This has been known for centuries.
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“I probably have always been a bit depressed, but when I turned 25, it really got bad. It did not make any sense. I had a good job and a great boyfriend. Everything was going my way. But the depression was getting worse and making it so hard to function that all I had achieved was threatened. I was really frightened. I went to my doctor and got antidepressants that worked, but I did not feel like myself. I totally lost what little sex drive I had, and my boyfriend was heading for the door. There had to be a better way.
When I found Dr. Mullan, things began to improve. It was really hard to change my diet and take nutritional supplements, but when I did, I felt better and even lost some weight. Now when I eat the wrong food again, I can feel it immediately. I feel great! I would not trade the way I feel now for anything! Dr. Mullan’s help was indispensable.”
This is a story from Ana’s mom:
Ana* was in her senior year of high school. She had mood swings and had been on antidepressants for several years. During her senior class trip, she disappeared. I was on the trip as a parent moderator, so I knew right away and helped coordinate the effort to find her. Still, it was a nightmare. Ultimately, she was found in the Greyhound Bus station about to board a bus back to our home state.
She was hospitalized several times and was tried on many medications. Abilify was ultimately the medicine that worked best for her, but it made her like a zombie. She was just not the same person. She started to have weird facial expressions and behavioral tics. I was depressed and desperate. I felt that my daughter was gone and there was nothing I could do about it. We took her to many doctors and none of them offered us any solution other than medication.
I am not the type of person to just go along when I am handed something I do not want. I searched the Internet exhaustively and found Dr. Mullan. She told me there were options and gave us hope. Over the next six months, we changed Ana’s diet, did a lot of testing and gave her nutritional supplements. Ultimately we were able to wean Ana off of Abilify. Even though we keep the medication on hand for emergencies, removing the drug was major. I recognized the daughter I had known coming back to me.
Treating psychotic thought disorder is not simple. There are multiple causes, and setbacks are to be expected. But Dr. Mullan has given us clarity, direction, and hope. Beyond that, she is a wonderful person to work with, kind, down to earth, available, and really motivated to solve Ana’s problem. Dr. Mullan gave us options, but we have to do significant work to be effective. In the end, Dr. Mullan’s advice brought my daughter back. There is no substitute for having her with us again.
* Ana’s real name has been changed.
For some, recovery requires more work than for others. I am not going to minimize or trivialize the difficulties involved with treating psychosis or other serious psychiatric disorders. But you do have options. You are not just stuck with pharmaceuticals and partial solutions.
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