Join Leaha Mattinson as she speaks to Scott Walker about living with bipolar disorder since 2000 and being med-free since 2010.
11.53 – 12.03: “If you think of someone who is moody, and times that by about 10, 20 or 50, that’s what someone who has bipolar disorder experiences.”
15.17 – 15.25: “There’s a lot of effects with having your phone close to your body when you sleep, and unfortunately, those aren’t good effects.”
21.37 – 21.48: “The more I focus on my mindset, and the more my mindset improves, not only does my mental health improve, but my life improves, my relationships improve.”
32.25 – 32.40: “I personally wish that everyone could take mental health first aid because then I feel people would be more skilled and also more discerning when seeing stories on the media and when hearing stories from their family and friends about mental health.”
Scott’s bipolar journey (2.52)
On January 1st, 2000, Scott checked himself into a hospital because he had been feeling something was wrong and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He had worked at a psychiatric hospital at university so he had some context. For the first 7-10 years, he was on different medications and tolerated the side effects as a preferred option over hospitalization. In 2010, he stopped the last drug he was on, made lifestyle changes, and has been med-free ever since.
His business, Tiaho, has three distinct areas of focus. The first is supporting people diagnosed with bipolar disorder in consistently being mentally stable. The second is teaching and creating both group and individual experiences to connect with Universal Sphere®, a ‘next-gen’ spiritual energy tool. Scott also leads mental health awareness events through Tiaho. He is looking forward to the 7th Annual Bipolar Awareness Fundraising Hike in July.
Manic episodes (9.10)
Scott explains that people with bipolar disorders have manic and depressive episodes. Mania is characterized by high energy, extra confidence, hypersexuality and a tendency to splurge money. Scott believes that a manic or hypomanic episode comes up due to lack of sleep and can be distinguished from moodiness. Bipolar disorder has super low lows and super high highs. If someone shows manic behaviour after 2 nights of poor sleep, that is a warning sign.
Sleeping with your phone (14.23)
Scott recommends any tools which help you relax so you can fall into deep sleep quicker. However, he doesn’t use sleep apps since having the phone next to you as you sleep emits EMF frequencies that affect brain patterns. However, if you must use a sleep app, he suggests purchasing a radiation blocking container to put your phone in when you are not using it to prevent it from emitting any radiation.
Healthy mindset = healthy mind (20.01)
Scott’s business, Tiaho, focuses on developing a healthy mindset because our mind is on from the moment we awake. People with bipolar disorder have very active minds and he has found that working on continually improving the mindset improves the overall quality of life. The pandemic has highlighted the increased need for support since it is a mentally challenging time for everyone.
Depressive episodes (23.10)
Scott classifies the depressive episodes as major and minor. A minor depressive episode is like an extended bad day. When he is mildly depressed, he sleeps more and finds himself feeling lazy about daily tasks. The corollary of his minor depressive episode is hypomania, which is lesser than full-blown mania but he still experiences above-average creativity, energy and confidence and can get by on less sleep.
Are you hypomanic or just happy? (25.17)
Hypomania is an extended creative flow state, shares Scott. While he doesn’t see it as bad, it does reduce how much sleep you get since your brain is more active than usual, and that could induce a manic episode. He suggests taking some free courses on mental health first aid to arm yourself with the knowledge and tools to support yourself and others through manic or depressive episodes.
What you can do (33.22)
Scott urges listeners to show no judgement when someone shares about their mental state to make them feel safe and comfortable. He also suggests being a present and engaged listener without a “fixer mentality” of offering solutions. If someone you know is in a critical state experiencing a manic or depressive episode, show your support then get them professional help.
The causes of bipolar disorder (35.57)
The Medical Medium lists heavy metals as a cause for the disorder. Scott has had mercury fillings in his teeth, used Teflon cookware as an adult, and was on many heavy-metal-containing medications. Heavy metals can also be present in our water supply and are stored in the liver. Other causes could be genetic or hereditary, lifestyle factors, childhood trauma or spiritual factors. Scott’s father died when he was 12 and his mother was gravely ill in his teens.
Morning routines to improve mental health (44.43)
Scott uses a tool called Universal Sphere to integrate gratitude into his life, expressing thanks for all areas of his life. He has observed that “yawning is a sign that energy is moving”. He also asks himself a few questions in the morning about how he can make the world better today. He also reads a small portion of a mindset book and stays away from technology for the first hour after waking up.
Stay in touch with Scott! (48.05)
Website – https://tiaho.org/
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/scottinsideout/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/tiaho.org
InsightTimer – https://insighttimer.com/tiaho a meditation app which Scott recently became a teacher on
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