“Bye, Bipolar!” – is it possible?

From pharmaceuticals and side effects to freedom and peace. In Finding An Exit Strategy From A Mental Health Drugs Habit – posted on BuzzFeed – I share how one bipolar sufferer found a way out of the cycle of drugs and more drugs that worked for her. 

Here is an excerpt.

Right-on road sign, by Tony Lobl.

Right-on road sign, by Tony Lobl.

Are there other ways to achieve that crucial change of thought? Irving Kirsch cites a couple of self-help books that have been proved to work as well as the pill-outperforming psychotherapy for mild or moderate depression. And the Department of Health for England and Wales has just endorsed a scheme allowing doctors to prescribe such self-help books for some mental health cases, according to the Guardian.

“There is a wealth of evidence to show that prescribing such books does work, the latest being research published in the journal Plos One which showed that people who used them over a year had measurably lower levels of depression.”

The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders points to another possibility. The American Psychiatric Association’s “mental health bible” added a diagnostic category of “Religious or Spiritual Problem”. That “marked a significant breakthrough”, according to David Lukoff, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Saybrook Graduate School…

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Author:Tony Lobl

I write on spirituality and health for a diversity of online media outlets, from my perspective as a Christian Science practitioner. I have been published by the Independent, the Washington Post, the Guardian, E-Hospice, MindBodyGreen and The Christian Science Monitor and I post regularly on the Huffington Post UK and BuzzFeed. In addition to writing and broadcast appearances I enjoy engaging with journalists, academics, health professionals and government officials about the possibilities for improving health outcomes through a greater emphasis on spirituality in healthcare and social care. I've also greatly valued the many opportunities I have had to travel globally for my church and to meet people around the world. My wife Jenny and I spent 10 years in Boston, USA, before returning to London in 2002, to take on a role as the media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. I studied at the University of Surrey earning a BSc Hons Degree in Modern Mathematics before the impact of spirituality on health caught my attention and re-shaped my career.

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2 Comments on ““Bye, Bipolar!” – is it possible?”

  1. lois ross
    March 6, 2013 at 2:08 am #

    I was very interested in the full contents of this post but when I click on “Read More” I don’t get the remainder of the article. Were there titles of self-help books listed? A friend was very interested in this topic. I really appreciate your postings. Lois Ross

    Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 17:57:42 +0000 To: llr7swim@hotmail.com

  2. March 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Hi Lois…sorry for the delayed response. The link works for me so I am not sure what’s going on!? But here is the URL of the article in full, I hope this works: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tonylobl/is-there-a-way-out-of-a-mental-health-drugs-habit-8p0b

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