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My dear Bipolar friends . Out of DESPERATION I tried this . Thank the good Lord I did , The negative scary thoughts that race through our heads . the depression and anxiety that scares us to do the unthinkable . Never thinking that we can ever return back to any kind of normalcy . trying different meds and not getting better .Theres hope everyone , trust me as I was so bad I almost couldn't describe it to anybody . Its a scary cumulative effect because we cant go anywhere when we feel this way so we do not get the help we need and we know it. PRESS ON when you think you cant do it anymore DO NOT GIVE UP !! This has saved my life and Im so grateful I found it . It takes away that terrible negative self talk and the scary anxiety and depression that tears us apart inside . If you please . try it and give it a chance to work for you . Bipolar therapeutical dosage is between 20-40 mgs . Go at your own pace ..Try a 5mg dose an hour before bed and go from there . Titrate up to where YOU feel comfortable with ...Some need less some need more . 25 mg a day along with b 12 d 3 5000mg of both and a good omega 3 is where im at .God Bless you ..we go thru this hell for a reason I think .. I know that sounds like bs but we become STRONGER and more thankful and kinder and closer to the ones we're supposed to be close to . You WILL pull out of this scary place !!!! I Love you all that battle this f'd up condition and I have FAITH that you will push on and have a fruitful life .
Before taking Lithium Oratate I was a complete mess. I was self medicating with pot and alcohol because I couldn't deal with the extremes. Being bipolar for me is like winning the lottery and your mom dying in the same day. Lithium Oratate is the closest thing to a magical pill I've tried and lve been on everything from seroquel to xanax. I've lost two jobs because I was a zombie on that crap and still had uncontrollable mood swings. Without this stuff I would be in the ground or a drug addict. Please save yourself and buy this. You dont have to struggle like this anymore. You just need more brain food. I take this and 5-htp and I feel great everyday! No one paid me or gave anything free to write this review. I told my friend Matt about my experience and he got the same result. Stop hurting for no reason! Take lithium Oratate and you will be free and have beautiful wonderful exuberant peace like I do.😊😆😂
Took the crazy right out of me. In all seriousness I use it for anxiety and social anxiety and it works very well for me. Everyone is different and different treatments work for different people but this product has helped me and I feel better mentally taking it. I no longer have an urge to drink and I sleep better.
Bear with me as I've got a very detailed review that I think may be helpful to some of you.
I'm about to turn 33 years old. I've struggled with very bad anxiety and depression all my life. Anxiety nearly constant and depression would come and go (but I would be depressed more days than not most of my life). I haven't been diagnosed with bipolar because I haven't seen a psychiatrist for my depression and I've never wanted to take prescription SSRIs. But I do suspect that I have a mild form of bipolar (type 2) as my highs are not extremely high, but I definitely have weird marked periods of focused excitement about certain hobbies which will take all my attention, and then that excitement will suddenly disappear when depression sets back in and then life is all meaningless again.
Almost 3 years ago I started taking GABA for anxiety and that helped a lot. I took it for a few weeks, noticed a great improvement, then stopped taking it for a few weeks to see if there was a difference, and I started to feel that horrible panic attack type feeling come back, so I started taking it again and felt better again and I've never stopped taking GABA since. I still have anxious thoughts (I'm human) but they are toned down, bearable, and the physical feelings of anxiety/panic are basically gone (unless something really bad is actually happening). Before I would just have horrible physical symptoms of anxiety all day every day no matter what. I lived this way my whole life and didn't know a difference until I took GABA. GABA definitely helps more with controlling the physical feelings of anxiety, less on controlling the anxious thoughts.
In January 2017, I started taking many supplements for both my overall health and mood, anything that seemed would help any chronic negative symptoms I had whether physical or emotional. When I was researching depression (not the first time I've tried supplements for depression in my life) I came across lithium orotate for the first time, and for many reasons I decided to give it a try. I first bought one bottle and here's my journal about it:
Notes: Before I took it, I was having a contemplative day, also just doing things I'm interested in and felt like doing. I was having an "I don't give a shit" day with a more positive attitude (compared to usual), but I think was semi a mask and defense mechanism because of the deep anxiety/depression I've been feeling for months on end. I just didn't want to feel that way anymore, so at this point I was trying to just deny it/ignore it, which works... to a point.
Noticeable effects after taking 1 lithium orotate pill:
4:45pm, 30 minutes later, no noticeable effects
5:10pm, 55 minutes after taking, feeling tired, drowsy, not able to focus super well, eyes not wanting to focus (just wanting to stare blankly instead), feeling a bit weak, feeling relaxed, too relaxed at the moment, not able to concentrate on the task at hand (I'm currently working).
5:25pm, 70 minutes after taking, starting to feel a bit more stabilized, adjusting to relaxed feeling, still feeling like I'm a bit too tired and unfocused to work productively, but still getting my work done nonetheless. Typing is harder than usual.
6:54pm, 2 hr 40 min after taking, feeling pretty normal, relaxed, but able to focus. Not really any anxiety currently.
Sunday 1/8/17 took one pill in the morning and one pill at night.
Did not feel any major effects. At night I could feel relaxed after taking it. I was alone and doing some devotional reading and found myself just staring and contemplating. Kind of getting lost in thought, like an out of body experience almost. Not anxious thoughts like usual. It was content thought, creative thought. I noticed it and it made me happy simply because I wasn't having anxious thoughts.
Monday 1/9/17 took one pill in the morning and one pill at night, no noticeable side effects, nothing bad
Tuesday 1/10/17 took one pill in the morning and one pill at night, no noticeable side effects, nothing bad
Wednesday 1/11/17 took one pill in the morning and one pill at night, no noticeable side effects, nothing bad
I may start taking two in the morning to see what that does.
I have been feeling a bit in a better mood, which might be due to taking the needed vitamins, but also because I'm just being adamant about enjoying life instead of hating it. However, sometimes that idea doesn't come to me, and that ability doesn't come to me, so the fact that I can even resolve to choose to be in a good mood instead of a bad mood says something about my current state, not necessarily 100% because it's a decision, because I notice that as I go through periods of depression, etc, it is much harder for me to have a good enough perspective to even think of trying to choose to be in a good mood, not to mention actually being able to do it. So I think it is definitely partially because of circumstances that have led me to this point, but also me taking care of myself and making sure I'm getting the nutrients my brain needs to function at an optimal level.
I stopped journaling on this for awhile, but what I ended up doing was increasing my dosage to 4 pills in the morning and 1 at night before bed. That seemed to be a very good amount for me. I'm sure the optimal amount is different for everyone. For instance, I'm sure some people don't need to take this supplement at all, or might have a negative side effect. But for me 4 pills in the morning and one at night seems to do well for my energy during the day and sleeping during the night.
That weird experience I had of kind of zoning out the first time I took it doesn't happen any more. It pretty much just happened the first time I took it, and then a bit slightly less the second day I took it. After that, I haven't had that effect, I just feel calmer and happier and more accepting of life.
What I noticed during this period of time was that I had a lot more energy, I was excited about life, I didn't feel the need to sleep as much (like not wanting to get out of bed EVER), I was more social, I wanted to tell people how happy I was, etc.
I bought another bottle of this lithium orotate before the first bottle ran out and I continued 4 pills in the morning and 1 at night.
HERE'S Where the SHTF:
When the second bottle ran out, I did not replace it right away. I kind of wanted to see what would happen if I didn't take it. I didn't notice any drastic effects, but finally realized that the negative stuff was all coming back slowly but surely, gradually so that I almost didn't notice it until I was in a very bad place again. I believe it was between 2-3 weeks that I was not taking lithium orotate.
Back to the journal (like I said before I've been taking other supplements too):
4/14/17: I've been feeling depressed and irritable. Have not been taking the thyroid energy complex pill or lithium orotate because I ran out. I ordered more. I'm not sure if the lack of either of those is what's making me depressed and irritable. There is 500mg of l-tyrosine in each thyroid energy pill. So today I took 2 l-tyrosinne pills (500mg each) in the morning, and one in the afternoon. I'm going to do the same thing for a few days to see if that seems to make a difference. Then when I get the thyroid pills, I will take those again, and go back to just 1 500mg l-tryosine pill in the morning and see what happens.
4/19/17: Still feeling depressed. I guess l-tyrosine doesn't have a huge effect on lifting a depressed feeling in me, nor does it seem to have a huge effect on giving me more energy... not sure if I even need to take l-tyrosine. When I run out of this bottle of l-tyrosine, I will probably stop taking it for a few weeks to see if the absence of it seems to have a negative effect on me.
4/21/17: I have been feeling very depressed and it seems to not be going away. Seems to be increasing. Life feeling meaningless and nothing seems exciting. Wanting to sleep in each day. Not wanting to cuddle (with my husband). Getting very irritable, I have no patience. I have not been taking the lithium or the thyroid energy pill (which has a bunch of stuff in it). I was taking 1500 mg of l-tyrosine because 2 thyroid pills have 1000mg of l-tyrosine in it, and before I was taking 1 thyroid pill and 1 l-tyrosine pill in the morning, then one thyroid pill at night. So today I decided to start taking the thyroid pill again, so I took 1 l-tyrosine pill and 1 thyroid pill, and at night I will take 1 thyroid pill.
I'm going to try to hold off for about a week on the lithium orotate so I can really see the difference in taking it. If there is even a slight difference then it is worth it because it seems that every thing I'm taking plays a small role, and if one of them is not in my system, my body is not full functioning, and that's when the depression and anxiety comes. GABA still helps me with the extreme anxiety, and I'm still taking 1500 mg per day of that, 750 in the morning & 750 in the afternoon. Just not on wednesdays or thursdays (even though they say you don't build a tolerance of GABA, I don't want to chance it).
4/24/17: Thyroid pill doesn't seem to have any marked positive effect on my mood, at least not fast enough , but it probably does have a good effect overall on my health (and obviously thyroid function, which does correlate with mood).
Started taking lithium orotate again this day. I took 5 pills in the morning and one at night. Depression/the feeling that life and everything is meaningless just too strong and annoying and horrible.
After taking the pills, I still felt pretty depressed all day, but feeling more determined to get rid of it.
4/26/17: I am definitely feeling a little better each day as far as the depression goes. I don't feel the "life is meaningless" feeling as much as a few days ago. It seems that lithium has an almost immediate positive effect on my depression, more than the thyroid energy complex. I'm still going to take the thyroid complex because it has necessary vitamins in it, it's like a multivitamin for ultimate thyroid function. Also, the iodine which I'm putting on my skin each day is for the thyroid as well. The thyroid controls most of the hormones in my body, so it's very important for many reasons to have a correctly functioning thyroid.
I am taking 4 lithium pills in the morning and 1 at night. Each pill has 4.6mg of elemental lithium.
One thing I have noticed is that I seem to be more excited about life, and I was talking to someone on Monday night (the 24th) about how I'm just not excited to live and I want to be excited to live. I want to wake up in the morning and just be excited to live. I had been noticing that I just want to sleep in longer because I don't want to live as many hours per day. I always feel like I have too much to do, but I don't want to get up earlier because then that means I'll have to live more hours that day, consciously. I also had too low of energy and no motivation, too tired.
Sunday April 23rd was the worst day (this was before I started taking lithium orotate again), I had a horrible headache, nothing seemed exciting, even though it was supposed to be funday sunday, I was super tired, I needed to actually take a nap in the afternoon, which I RARELY do, even though I'm tired most of the time. So I was really unbearably tired on sunday and felt sick (from the headache too). I was basically non-functioning.
So Monday morning I started taking the lithium again (5 pills in the morning and 1 at night). I did not feel any extreme effects that day. I still had the lacking motivation and low energy and a headache that would just not go away (although monday did feel better than sunday).
Tuesday I definitely felt better than sunday and monday, slightly better attitude, but still this creeping feeling of depression that seems to want to take over. Headache very very slight. I started the day with meditation which I've been doing about 5 or 10 minutes of for the last week or two. I made an intention to just be happy. I took 4 lithium orotate pills immediately after breakfast (along with my other pills). By about 30 minutes later, I felt even better, but still had this creeping feeling of depression wanting to creep into my mind and body. But I definitely had more energy on tuesday, and as the day went on I did not feel the creeping depression feeling nearly as much as before. It seemed to get better as the day went on (probably because I am accumulating more lithium in my system).
I took one lithium pill on tuesday night.
Today (wednesday), I woke up and was pretty much fine with being done sleeping when my alarm went off. Took 4 lithium pills after breakfast.
I am getting back that feeling of being excited about stuff again. This makes life not just bearable, but actually fun and enjoyable. This makes such a difference to me. And I have more energy. I'm not sure if I have more energy because I'm more excited about life, or if I'm more excited about life because I have more energy, or if it's just both and that they play off each other.
Anyway, so that's my story about lithium thus far. It definitely seems to have a profound effect on my mood and makes life worth living again. If you struggle with anxiety/depression I urge you to at least just give this a try. And journal about it so that you know how it's affecting you.
For me, stopping it for a bit and starting it back up again really makes me know that it's actually working. I could not fake that horrible mood I was in, nor this much more wonderful mood I'm in now. Life is not perfect, but it's OK now. Before, life was not perfect and that was NOT OK. Huge difference in attitude!
I'm starting to feel like I don't have a care in the world again, which is how I was feeling soon after I started taking lithium back in January. Not careless, just stress-less. Thank God! I think lithium is the one thing that really makes a difference for me so that I can want to live! Everything is OK!
I have struggled with severe depression for over 20 years (even having been hospitalized several times) with mixed but never full recovery through prescription anti-depressants and mood stabilizers. I have been diagnosed with possible bipolar II disorder although I have mostly only suffered from depression. All I can say is I can't imagine my life without this product. After extensive research looking for alternatives to prescription meds I discovered this. It works better than any prescription that I have ever received to treat my severe depression. I've been stable for over 10 years now! I've even been through a pregnancy while taking it (with the full knowledge and consent of my doctors) and now have a healthy 6 year old boy. I've always disclosed to all doctors that I take this and some have insisted on lithium blood level checks only to find that it doesn't even show up in my blood work. I encourage anyone who has suffered from this terrible illness to try this. Just be sure to always tell your doctor and do your homework!