Hormonal bipolar Menstrual psychosis the answer.
How Natpro changed my life
My bipolar has always been hormonal it started when I was 15 I can actually predate it on a calendar It will start at ovulation and go for 23 days, OR start 3 days before my period continuing until after my periods stop about 8 days all up. (Some months I ovulate and some months I don’t) I had a small period of time when Sodium valproate worked but it slowly stopped working over a couple of months and my illness increased in intensity and excitement until it was back to my normal level. I have never had any success with any other drug including contraceptives I found they always increased the symptoms. A few years ago I found a web site that said it was catamenial epilepsy it had links that proved it but this site seems to be long gone? Anyway to cut a long story short Natural progesterone is used to manipulate catamenial epilepsy and it worked so well for me that I now live a normal life and I have for years. I don’t believe I have a mood disorder I have a hormone imbalance No progesterone and high prolactin levels (high prolactin can be a side effect of seizures) prolactin interferes with the menstrual cycle. I take no medications other than using natural progesterone cream twice a day in the latter half of my cycle and sometimes during my period. My mother had postnatal psychosis and has never had any other problems with her mental health. My niece is now having intense anxiety that can be dated to her menstrual cycle she is 12. I feel strongly PMDD is a misdiagnosis for her. I have included some links so that any women can make informed decisions about hormonal bipolar or PMDD that does not respond to the medications that are prescribed. PMDD is an ABNORMAL response to NORMAL hormone levels. Bipolar you should not be able to DATE IT to your menstrual cycle (reading in the forums indicates that progesterone does not work for everyone). Make sure your doctor sticks to the diagnostic guide lines or find one that does. Or better still get the right diagnosis.
A case of recurrent premenstrual psychosis Am J Psychiatry 1991;148:147a-147
Psychoneuroendocrine Aspects of Temporolimbic Epilepsy Part III: Case Reports (the behaviour disturbance and progesterone link with epilepsy, how and why it works.
Psychosomatics 40:2, March–April 1999
Be aware creams and lozenges have different dosing guidelines, cream is a lot lower.
Catamenial Patterns and causes
Posticatal prolactin testing
Recovery from "Schizophrenia"
Natural progesterone for PMS psychosis
Thank You for the chance to tell my story.