Off Antidepressants in 1.5 Weeks
Off Antidepressants in 1.5 Weeks
Background - Long Version....
My health issues began since moving to Florida 3 years ago. I have been battling with symptoms of bipolar disorder - periods of severe depression and mania/hypomania. This all started upon getting the flu which turned into pneumonia and taking an antibiotic. The antibiotic sent me into a manic state. My resting heart rate soared for 3 weeks 90 -120 bpm and I could not sleep. The doctor then wanted me to go on another medicine to bring me out of a manic state. I, however, chose no medicine. If a medicine could do this in the first place, then I did not want any part of that. I did return to my normal state in a month.
Then, about 2 months later we had a water spill from a washer overflow which went under my wood floors. I cleaned up the water immediately, but some of it seeped under the wood flooring. We had called the floor company immediately, however, they could not replace the floors until the new wood came in stock which took about 3 months. In the meantime, the underside of the wood molded. Within a month, I went into a severe clinical depression. I could no longer try a no medicine approach because I have 3 small children and a job that requires me to travel. I could barely function and get out of bed in the morning. So I sought out another doctor. This doctor treated the symptoms of depression with an antidepressant. Again, I do not do medicine very well and trying to find an antidepressant that would work for me was extremely difficult and time consuming. When we finally did find one that did not have horrible side effects my symptoms did improve, but I still was not myself. I also choose to see a councilor as well. I have no hidden skeletons in my closet so we dealt with trying to get me better and getting the doctor to listen to me to manage the medicine. The doctor finally referred me to another doctor that specialized in finding the cause of the illness. This doctor did a battery of tests and found that I have lyme disease markers as well as I am extremely sensitive to mold and can not get mold out of my body. He went on to explain that the Lyme caused the mania when the antibiotic started killing it and mold can cause both depression and mania in certain people. He immediately changed my diet and I started feeling great. The first clue to a diet change feeling great. I should have taken notice.
However, I then had another hypo manic episode. So, this doctor told me I had to get all the mold out of my house. We spent thousands of dollars checking our home, replacing our air conditioning system, duct work, and insulation and thought we had it fixed. I seemed to do better, but we were still managing my illness with medicine. Needless to say, I had another depressive onset and was really out of options. My current doctor told me I must still have mold in my home. I again spent thousands checking it to find that I only had a very small trace amount of mold. I thought I can not live in a bubble or with a mask on all the time. There must be another option.
In my prayer time with the Lord, he kept telling me not to worry that he only had good things planned for me, my family and our future. I held onto Psalm 103:2-5 "Praise the Lord my soul, and never forget all the good he has done: He is the one who forgives all your sins, and the one who heals all your diseases, the one who rescues your life from the pit, and the one who crowns you with mercy and compassion, the one who fills your life with blessings so that you become young again like an eagle." The Lord kept sending me people to give me a word of encouragement. A prayer warrior in my church came up to me a couple of months before knowing about the Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center and told me in her prayer time, the Lord gave her the word of "wholeness" for me.
A friend of mine called me when I was traveling on business and invited me to come to the Hallelujah Acres Lifestyle Center in Plant City, Florida. I was extremely skeptical and even called Sherry Orcutt thinking that she would say something that would make me decide not to come. Sherry did just the opposite. She told me something like -- insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Well, I wasn''t getting good results with what I was doing. However, I had every excuse in the book not to come, taking vacation time away from my family; more time away from my family as I travel 2-3 weeks out of the month for my job; too busy; I would never do the diet after the week since it was too radical; etc. You fill in the blank. My husband kept encouraging me to go and said what did I have to loose. So reluctantly I went with my friend. I knew I would have a great time with her, but the thought of no TV, preparing all the food didn''t sound much like a vacation to me...
LifeStyle Center Experience
From the first meal and the friendly conversation, I thought well, Lord, you must have something in store for me this week. (Sometimes, I follow reluctantly...). The first day, I was extremely tired and thought there is no way I can fit all that needs to be done into my lifestyle upon returning home. By the second day, I started to get the spark back in my eye. My friend noticed I was coming back to life. By Wednesday, I needed to start reducing my antidepressant. By Friday the day I left, I knew that we could do this lifestyle at home with God''s help. When I returned home, all of my family noticed immediately that I was back to feeling like myself. I had come out of the depression in 3 days. I was totally off of my depression medicine within a week and a half of starting the diet.
After the diet
It is now 6 weeks later, I will be totally medicine free in another week. Hallelujah! My PH has come up .75 points since starting the diet. I have lost 10+ pounds, come down 1 dress size, and fit into my smaller size clothes in my closet. I have great energy for all that I need to do in my life. I am thankful for Sherry and Dave Orcutt for opening their home and lives to strangers like me to teach us how to go about this life renewing lifestyle.
I want to encourage anyone struggling with depression, mania, etc. There is hope. To see these results in my body this quickly was amazing. My husband and I continue to monitor my health and symptoms. We believe that with this lifestyle and God''s will, I will continue to improve and the symptoms will not return. Coming off of medicines need to be done carefully and under the supervision of your doctor. I am thankful to have a great support system which includes my family, friends, colleagues, and now Sherry & Dave Orcutt.