Putting bipolar 2 disorder into remission — Carrie Brown

Putting bipolar 2 disorder into remission — Carrie Brown

August 9, 2019 8 By William Morgan


Almost my whole life being depressed.
In 2013, it all went very, very sideways
when I had a mental break,
I had to agree to a psychiatric evaluation.
That evaluation let me be diagnosed
with Bipolar 2 disorder.
And I spent eight months being suicidal
and by that, I mean that every moment
I was awake for eight months,
my brain was trying to kill me.
I literally couldn’t stand it anymore
and I went and found a new doctor
who put me on an anti-seizure medication
called Lamotrigine.
And three days later it was like someone
had switched the lights on in my life
and I experienced joy
for probably the first time ever.
I had joy for six months
and then I became suicidal.
The response to that was
to double the dose and the joy returned.
It was kind of magical.
And so, I had joy for six months
and then I became suicidal.
I was also really, really angry
that nobody on my medical team
was asking the critical question –
what is it that caused me
to start having Bipolar 2 disorder?
I bumped into a doctor on Twitter
who a lot of you may know, Dr. Ted Naiman.
Dr. Naiman put me
on a very hardcore ketogenic diet
and as a result of my DNA searches,
I discovered that I have a genetic mutation
called MTHFR,
which means that when I ingest B vitamins,
I can’t do anything with them.
With taking methylated B vitamins
and going onto a ketogenic diet,
I came off the Lamotrigine.
I have been medication free and completely
symptom free for three and a half years.
My mission now is to talk
about mental health openly
because there’s way too many people
dying of suicide
and there’s way too many people
who are suffering silently,
and I truly believe that there is a way
that most of those can be at least put
in remission if not cleared completely.