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Bi-Polar affected Disorder. Can we ever be free?

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Not far away now; coming up to 20 years since my diagnosis.
I have been hospitalised 3 times with psychosis.

Feel free comment in sharing your own thoughts or
experiences regarding this Mental Illness.
Slap some label on me if you will, we're all still just a bunch of mere physically dying humans. Many adopt that this physical is all there is and that we are all that matters but in my experience I am convinced that there is more than "meets the eye" and that it is for Jesus pleasure that we are and were created. Seek to help others by seeking to be used of God for their good. If anything is good it is God everything else is us humans.
Not far away now; coming up to 20 years since my diagnosis.
I have been hospitalised 3 times with psychosis.

Feel free comment in sharing your own thoughts or
experiences regarding this Mental Illness.
What does the Word say? In Isaiah...By Jesus stripes you ARE healed...1 Peter...By Jesus stripes you WERE healed...Psalms 103 I AM the God who heals ALL of you dis- eases....Or you can believe a doctor. You can choose to be free of it...Or you can remain a prisoner. Your choice.
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And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;

And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.

He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.

And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.

And He asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.

And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.

Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.

And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.

But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.

Mark 9:21-27

Praying for you brother @fallen
Not far away now; coming up to 20 years since my diagnosis.
I have been hospitalised 3 times with psychosis.

Feel free comment in sharing your own thoughts or
experiences regarding this Mental Illness.

I think nothing of it if you are not a threat to yourself or others.
There are unseen things that we normally wouldn't see or perhaps your normal perception is off.
I would wonder if some kind of nutrient deficiency is the case and do a web search for psychosis nutritional deficiencies
I think you would benefit from epsom salt baths
You could also ground yourself daily for like 45 minutes or more a day barefoot in the park or outside.

About schizophrenia and psychosis

These nutrient deficiencies are linked to mental ill health

Right away, as soon as they are presenting with psychotic symptoms, they have low folate which is really important for brain health – and low vitamin D, which is also a neuroprotective nutrient; both key factors in people's mood and energy levels," Dr Firth explained.

"The patients with the lower levels of these nutrients also had the worst mental health. Even if you've got psychosis, people with high levels of these nutrients had better mental health."

That said, there are rare cases of "very, very low vitamin B12 resulting in psychotic episodes", said Dr Firth, who suggests addressing diet first (foods rich in folate include leafy greens, avocados, orange juice, legumes and liver; vitamin B12 foods include eggs, dairy and meat; while vitamin D foods include fatty fish, such as mackerel, tuna and salmon) before looking to supplementation.

"There are cases of these conditions clearing up immediately – and this is one in 1000 patients – as soon as they receive their B12 injection," he said.

Similarly, Dr Firth said there are rare cases of people with major depression who are very low in B vitamins and show major improvement once the deficiency is remedied.
Hi, @fallen
2/14/19 will be 19 years since I had my first episode. I was originally diagnosed with psychosis NOS, until I continued to be hospitalized, soon thereafter and to this day it is a diagnosis of schizophrenia. I have found with a doctor's help a med
combination that I feel is pretty much a fail-safe. Geodon and Abilify. I can be off my meds for no more than 1.5years it seems and then a major psychotic episode happens. I was first put on those 2 meds in 12/2006, after another major episode. I pretty much stayed on them until about 2014, when I went off of them for 1.5 years. In 2015 August and December I had major episodes, Dramamine and a UTI were precipitating factors, plus time off of meds. I ended up in a hospital in Puerto Rico for almost 1 week that August and still didn't go back on my meds. Dec 15,2015 brought me to another major episode and I was in the hospital for 1 month 2 weeks. Both of those 2 episodes were different than past ones. Although they were the strongest, I recovered mentally from the ordeals much faster and didn't have as much fear, especially with the one in Dec. I started writing Christian poetry in the hospital and I do to this day. I haven't asked the Lord to take my illness away, because at times I crave the mentality that it brings, plus my episodes draw me closer to Christ as I've often said since first diagnosed. I do not feel like I am possessed or anything, and don't think that I could be, as I am a born again Christian.

I guess for a while I did wonder at my spiritual state, but it is no different than having diabetes or something like that. Although I do believe there are people who can be possessed by evil spirits.

When I said earlier about craving the mentality, it is a little hard to explain, there is the humbling, which I so need and always seem to get during an episode. Then there is the stepping out of my life for a little while that it brings. I crave simplicity of living, I want to be tested and searched. So often I get discouraged with fighting to live in this worldly world and I want out. Episodes remind me of the sanctity of life, how delicate these human bodies are and I find myself drawing even closer to Christ. He reminds me that "the harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few."(Luke 10:2). So I stay, and I write, and I live, and I love. And I cry, and I ask the Lord to help me love more. I have asked Him to take my eyes before, so that I only know people by touch, or hearing. I only want to see with love, and I don't want to live in fear. I used to live in fear at the beginning of my mental illness, now I challenge it. "Bring whatever you want on!"

In the hospital that December 15th, they wanted to draw blood. I shouted, "you give, I give!" doesn't seem to be a bad request does it? I ended up getting an injection of sedative. They got the blood anyway. I can remember 95% of my episodes which gives me a type of PTSD. If the wind blows a certain way that makes a whistling sound it reminds me of an earlier episode. If I hear a small engine plane in the sky with its mournful sound, I remember when I first heard it during an episode. When the fridge cycles on and off, it reminds me of past episodes. So, each day brings memories, because a psychotic episode has thousands of thoughts and feelings in a small space of time.

I look back, and kind of chuckle and say, "Lord, I don't know how you will turn that into good, but I know you will, and I praise you!" I will be the fool for Him, and I say that in a good way. There's nothing this life can throw at me that He can't get me
through. Let them wonder. But I get a little sensitive each year as my anniversary draws close, I feel like I want to go off my meds right now but am caring for my mom who is on hospice. Plus it is very traumatizing for my husband who has always been very supportive of me. But in the illness is the stillness. How can that be? That is how I can be still and know that He is God, otherwise, I have a hard time being still. Yes, even with a thousand thoughts there are those sweet moments of Him When my heart feels like it has stopped and He reaches in and gives me courage.

Well, those are some of my thoughts regarding mental illness, I hope I have not overstepped my bounds as a newbie. I will leave you with a poem I wrote after reading an article on mental illness.

What Defines Us?

Lord, despite my given
Illness named
Of schizophrenic
Paranoid, untamed;

Greatly have
You given to me
Some words to pen,
A cause to plea.

I have a heart, Lord,
For those broken, those down.
I’ve penned some words
Of small renown.

You give increase.
You move my hands,
Move my feet.

I hide on a plane
Between two worlds.
My illness, the Spirit,
The two they twirl.

Now it comes
Time for proving.
Spirit slowly
Begins its moving.

Stepping out
In faith abounding.
Your words, my heart,
By pen resounding.

There is no limit
To us in Jesus.
We’ll move mountains
When we see this.

I am not too long
Earthly bound.
Yet, I will trumpet,
I will sound!

For it is my heart
With Your wings that pens.
On the winds of love
Your Spirit sends.

To all who look
Far and near
For words, for love,
To be without fear.

I am your child,
A child of the living God.
Some they see me
Often as odd.
I can only listen,
Throw in an occasional nod.

For if I listened to them
Versus my heart,
I could easily lose
What Thou hast start.

So important
An affirmation is!
Toward faith and truth,
The God that lives!

So, to those who live
In minds confusing,
He loves you, you know
And He is using

This time here
To manifest.
In others proving,
In others He tests.

So take your mind
Off faults deceiving.
Instead look to Him,
Please start seeing

The hope in you
The hope He is freeing!

Scripture References:
1Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Romans 9:26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

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