You'll probably need to make lifestyle changes to stop cycles of behavior that worsen your bipolar disorder. i tried to titrate off of one drug over the course of one year of bloody hell and at the last slice I ended up in the emergency room. I don’t see it as a cure. That being said, the odd person (I’ve met exactly one) can get stabilized and stay that way even without the aid of medication. Good luck! I’m not sure if I’m allowed to give an email address but it’s email@example.com. The internal is completely stratified to be unimportant. As well as understanding that it is misunderstood feeling by brain. This is where the pain and the ‘ breaks with reality ‘ come from. As always I extend my best wishes to one and all for wellness and for all the good you’d wish for yourself. I can barely handle life on a day to day basis right now. 2: you haven’t actually suffered with severe bipolar disorder. wish you peace and I wish I were in the same position. a society label??? It’s just frustrating to be one of the few who cannot tolerate the meds… and what is very low for many, can be really too high for a few… to then be accused of medication non-compliance… just is too much. I’ve also been diagnosed with other mental illnesses/disorders, by another several MH pros. Until you do something about them. I’d say my top things are avoiding sugar, caffeine and alcohol. However I been doing my research about the side effects of Lithium and it really raised concerns. Are you able to point me in the right direction … I would really appreciate it thanks Sue. You see he believes he is called to preach and he knows his bible and well Im getting frustrated writing this. My symptoms are managed to the point that professionals do not feel a need to label me any more. :-) I said I don’t feel the need to justify my reasons for choosing not to take meds. I am glad to hear that you found a better doctor. I got severe maniac attack twice in my 14 year patient life. Read these, it may help a lot of bipolars with the emotional aspect of their situation: http://core.eqi.org/depress1.htm If you have WILL you will. Benzos for Bipolar.?. I have shown symptoms over the years, but they are mostly manageable with exercise and vitamins and awareness. Stable and Happy. She also told me to take Kali Phos tissue salts but i found they made me more nervous and she told me to take a probiotic. How I Cured My Bipolar Disorder (I suffer with bipolar 1, btw… not fun). The stigma against meds isn’t helping us that have to take them. I have tried to comfort him but his pain is so great at times it break me and my heart!!! CLEAN living and SLEEP is the most important aspect to dealing with bipolar. A haphazard lifestyle will trigger impulsivity. I don’t know what to do any more…and im tired of my son suffering.. Do you cope with your bipolar disorder without meds? People like myself get annoyed whether I am right or wrong. The brain and the mind are confronted with something, and the person reacts according to their experience and the experience they have, and the brain forms these things such as depression into the mind and people, many people, display these things, otherwise, there would be no psychiatric profession. So I went and my Psychiatrist wants to be the one to write them. Thanks to Eleanor C for sharing your story. I think the main problem with those who suffer bipolar is that they often engage in activities that exacerbate the disorder. Now, when I have the very early signs of anxiety, I use calming practices effectively. My son has been in remission for 2 months now. I am losing the will to live, or care about living healthily. I just get wiped out, often… but I get back up and go to stepping, one foot in front of the other. You name it, I’ve seen people who can’t do any type of work, too spaced out to even be able to do a disability application, had their children taken away by CPS, and just wander around homeless, but Thank God they aren’t having to deal with side effects like dry mouth from bipolar meds, that would be awful! Hi there. He just doesn’t know (as none of us do). But it is much more complicated than that. Never experienced anything like it before on this blog, but it is now infected this blog and should be a reminder to all of us that STIGMA is everywhere. I also had a great diabetes doctor who got me on the right medications for my diabetes. And each one of us were bat-shit crazy till we got on meds. I cant help but believe God can use him. I unintentionally abusing the Ambien and whatever medication i was taking for something else made it worse. Renowned traumatologist, John Briere, is said to have quipped that if Complex PTSD were ever given its due – that is, if the role of dysfunctional parenting in adult psychological disorders was ever fully recognized, the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders used by all mental health professionals) would shrink to the size of a thin pamphlet. OUR BRAINS REQUIRE MORE CHEMICALS THAN AVERAGE PEOPLE AS THEY RUN FASTER; This is partly the reason we run at 1000 miles an hour then CRASH – our brains are depleted and inflamed. Nearly all psychiatrists have abandoned the notion of “chemical imbalance”, but they will often say that to patients so that the patient will have an understanding of why they are taking the meds. For instance, some teachers are simply more inspiring, motivating, and effective than others. Cortisol feels bad, anxious and fearfull. Dini I am even having to increase or change the med si am on now as my valproate levels came back low. and I haven’t given my reasons for not taking meds. Pls help me guys. Express to them what you feel and that you are afraid you will hurt someone or yourself. This would trigger dopamine to opposite sex and connect it emotionally with you. Thanks for listening and sharing this information with your readers. I was sent to see a child psychiatrist when I was about 7 and, although they didn’t diagnose it back then, it was suggested that I had ADHD. Natasha Tracy is an award-winning writer, speaker, advocate and consultant from the Pacific Northwest. Some people do not get the side effects that are associated with Lithium and do get the benefits of mood stability. Otherwise you’ll not be able to cope with stress (cortisol) reactions, dopamine swings and lack and inability to produce any oxytocin which is essential for getting asleep. Managing bipolar disorder without medication October 15, 2015 7.46am EDT . I don't personally feel that giving up on medication is the best route in terms of controlling bipolar disorder. Please stop jumping to conclusions about people you don’t know, and insulting them while at it. Why are you so obsessive then and want to continue to beat a dead horse? It also really helps to have a good support system so that they can monitor you. I use 3 hour program – 1 hour exercising, 1 hour eating, 1 hour sleeping – this enxances anabolic metabolism very effective. Listen to them, follow their advice and care so you can get diagnosed and get help. And various things you’ve done to help stabilize yourself. A one year titration on one med got me down to 1/4 milligram and then I ended in the hospital. I wasn’t diagnosed bipolar until prozac made me manic and zoloft made me suicidal. Nature must be working in his favor, I’d say. Just recently I went to my wife’s acupuncturist to see what he thinks about my condition and what he would recommend. Once you wake up, there is no unringing that bell, and you will be aware of (and affected by/angered by) the truths you discover for the rest of your life. ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated…i have never tried lithium yet and don’t want to. Have you any idea what it feels like. I wish you and her peace. I haven’t been diagnosed with bipolar disorder yet but I’m almost pretty sure I have it. I don’t think you need to worry about the dosage of medication. All I know is that I was going down real bad 16 years ago , I knew nothing about those toxic little pills and they were sold to me as if all would be fine. Apparently there is a gut/mind link where you condition in the gut would influence your mind/mood. I’ve been off and on meds for years. I think that all of us are evolving, and that the right side of the brain of intuition and non-logical spiritual experiences is being awakened or stimulated in this epoch of time for whatever reason. You also have to stay on top of your prodromal symptoms and note any changes in mood. All the symptoms he has is what I had before I was put on medication. Just opposed to taking medication. I’m now on a low dose of 3 different types of newer medications and I don’t have such an adverse reaction physically or spiritually any longer. My anxiety levels and depression levels are beyond belief.. The truth is I go to absolute hell every single day, but I can’t control what happens to me. Sad thing most people do not realize this because there brain is so sick and you are not clear headed. Swimming, walking, running, hiking, and/or biking can help you balance chemicals in your brain. Maybe this is why some people respond to a more “natural” course of treatment, while others need medication. Hopefully I can prevent and save someone else from any unnecessary grief and heartship by sharing a little knowledge of my knowledge. I don’t understand how they get anything done, and they have my sympathy. Another major helper is sunlight…. Certainly, anyone questioning a possible diagnosis is smart to get additional information and is welcome here. Lifestyle: exercise several times a week, obtain lots of sunshine, maintain consistent sleep schedule. Repeat after me… “Well, that’s great and all, but I already have enough of my own luggage, so you can keep that ratty old bag.”. Now without hypomania (yes, I miss it, but it’s not worth mania and the crash into depression) I will have to achieve in a slower, more methodical, stable way, which seems a bit boring. Find the anxiety triggers, find those things deep within yourself that are causing you to be anxious and worry and think a lot and you’ll be able to manage your moods better. But you can feel better and get better by taking small, feasible steps every day. They are more like a diabetic taking insulin to replace something the body doesn’t produce. Bipolar — and any mental illness or chronic debilitating illness — is cruel. I’m beginning to think that healing is possible. I’m 100% against medicating for bi-polar. My symptoms are managed to. I had mania, I had depression. If you really do have a biological chemical imbalance, then you should probably continue to take the chemicals that fix that. I have a span of 6 months i cant remember because of the cocktail i was given. It was Cognitive Analytic Therapy for depression that caused me to seek assessment to see if BP of some sort was a relevant diagnosis. So make sure you are getting all of the required nutrients! Meds can be difficult to get right for some people and some types of bipolar such as mixed state., or if there are co-existing disorders. My newsletter contains mental health news, speaking engagements and more. He has suffered from sleep walking starting when he was around 5 years old. Makes you kind of think. i am an authentic recovery case, yet there is not a doctor out there who can claim it because i DID IT MYSELF. Michelle Among these, childhood trauma has been proposed as a likely environmental factor, Dr. Aas said. 2. When I took Lithium, I had extremely runny diarrhea that was so bad that it limited me going out of my house. It is no easy task, and tapering off meds should be very gradual under a doctor’s care. Has anyone else out there noticed any difference in the efficasy of lithium from different manufacturers? My mind split, alters formed, and I was able to take the abuse, and switch to people that appeared to have no threat of abuse when I was in grade school. It is especially awful because the people who come to see him are in a such a vulnerable place. Bipolar therapy may be short-term or ongoing, but either way it allows for the treatment of bipolar disorder without medication. [moderated] Seroquel seems to work for me at night, so I stick with it. Some bipolar disorders don’t have a specific pattern. One other thing that I would like to make abundantly clear is if a small handful of people were misdiagnosed as bipolar (when in reality they were just being some other kind of crazy) no longer have bipolar (because they never had it to begin with) that is not duplicable for someone with the actual disorder. I know meds are so important for most and I wished and still wish sometimes that something would have helped me. Suicide Self-Assessment Scale – How Suicidal Are You? I don’t want to act out of control. Meds mask the problem, they do not solve it. Are you sure it isn’t age-appropriate behavior? but i now recognize these things need time. http://psycheducation.org/depression/meds/truehope.htm. I support the Affordable Care Act completely. I’m even less impressed when someone takes a vitamin supplement as directed, writes about their experiences, and then receives a letter threatening to sue that person from the company who sold them the supplement. Every time I’ve gone without meds (usually because I had no insurance or money to pay for treatment), it’s been a nightmare. Again, like with meds, everyone is different and what may work for me may be useless to others, and vice versa. She explained that treatment would be more efficient if I were sufficiently medicated (for her, or for me? It is curious, but you can get off of meds only as a social leader. I just found a psychotherapist in my area that practices it. I have also found that cannabis in regulation and moderation has been extremely helpful on downtime (Might not work for everyone). Then logically i can talk myself thru my feelings even though i still feel them. Not if you actually have bipolar disorder... You can definitely minimize the amount of meds you take through habits like a strict sleep schedule, eating extremely healthy and regular exercise. I also try to ignore the name calling and the need to attack the knowledge and/or intellect inappropriately directed toward one another. I was convinced that I had solved my problems… until the rapid cycle hit. In other words, I suspect you are here to market. I am interested in asking people for their views and opinions. I also take calcium, magnesium, and melatonin for sleep. Herb I was told last week that I am also diabetic which is on a black box warning and have to deal with that , so I am basically screwed. I was put on lithium given one shock treatment and released after one month and went to work at that same hospital as a psychiatric geriatric nursing attendant. I just wanted to let you know that I was diagnosed in 1997 with Bi-polar 1 and was medicated for 7 years with debilitating side effects. Lifestyle management is helpful in so many illnesses, mental and physical, and is something that should really make a bigger part of long-term condition management generally – but it rarely seems to. I CURED MY BIPOLAR DISORDER WITHOUT MEDS IN A MONTH: i get it, your instantaneous reaction to this statement is likely one of three things: 1:your manic and high! It wasn’t until a fairly serious breakdown 8 years ago, that I sought help. Since then, working in psychiatric medical research and alongside my amazing therapist, has taught me to recognise the onset of a depressive or manic episode and to manage it before it gets too bad to handle. In the Revitalizating process, people re-engage in relationships with their loved ones or their support system, and they resume or begin routines that support health and wellness which reinforces the person’s sense of mastery and accomplishment, further energizing the healing process. Do-it-yourself “natural” lithium as your mood stabilizer either won’t work or will kill you. I would very much like to include you as part of my research if you are interested. I WILL EITHER KEEP THIS ARTICLE IN MY MAIL BOX OR GET TO A PRINTER..THE PRINTER IS MORE LIKELY…PAUL J, can i ask what damage your talking about. He also goes back and forth with that as well. I am weaning off bipolar meds. Through using eCPR we can better understand and overcome our fear of seemingly unusual behavior brought on by an emotional crisis. That’s who they are. I write this out of concern. So my best advice is to get yourself stabilized using medication, therapy and lifestyle changes and then if you want to try one of these other non-medication bipolar treatments as an add-on, talk to your doctor about it. I talk to her about all decisions except the most trivial, as a good habit in case I’m slipping hypomanic without noticing – but I notice more often than not. Just the other day he had an altercation with his roommate and went to a motel and had a few drinks and spent his rent money on clothes, He then tells me he knows what he did wrong. Just a person who’s been there and back, and learnt some lessons :). One of the obvious differences is the extreme highs and lows. cancer, for example, has been CURED in the lives of THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS by way of nutrition. Nothing has disturb me more recently than the plethora of news commentary about Robin Williams death and not one piece that I could find as to any mention of the treatment regimens he sought other than to the effect he checked himself into various program facilities. I currently take 600mg of Seroquel XR at night as well as 700mg of Epilim (sodium valproate) in the morning and again at night. It’s like taking your car into a mechanic and telling him that engine is broken but they fix the radio and give you your car back. Through the years I have advocated for the least invasive therapies to be considered first such as diet, exercise, holistic approaches, talk-therapies etc. I have co-morbidities, severe anxiety and depression and after many years of searching and reading and trying to remember back to the days of my youth, I also believe that this malady called bipolar may be masked by something called complex PTSD which without a doubt I have having been treated like a barnyard animal in my youth. The trick is control and being able to manage your impulses. It was in 09 after i got better from the relationship and baby stuff (all the worst happened in Jan of 09) that i found something that got me out of my lows and stabilized my highs(when i was alone, i hadnt joined my community college yet til 2010 and actually reconnected with old friends) i discovered Kpop (i know whaaaat) and then discovered dramas and other shows and even helped the subbing process. This is not a life for me. When the lithium was stopped the psoriasis went away nearly altogether and just flared up behind my ears later. Get off your meds and you might figure out just how miserable you are! To go into a dssociative trance, and walk around petrieified and with fear that somebody will criticise me or I will lose my job because of my outward appearance. If I feel racing negative thoughts coming on, then I’ll take 10 minutes just to remind my self that those thoughts are not me, but my mind just regurgitating random crap – and not focus on them and gradually they’ll go away and I forget I was even thinking about them. I think the key thing for natural treatment is to realize bipolar is an anxiety disorder, which has triggers which can bring on mood swings. I don't know what type you have (I'm Bipolar I), so that might mean something different in terms of the option of being off of medications. I hope that helps explain. In all professions, you will find people who are more “naturally inclined” or “gifted” than others. Please tell me what each and every one or anyone thinks about this. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. If they like going around homeless its their right. My own experience of Bipolar Disorder treatment is that there was no way I could have gotten through some severe depressions without anti-depressants. It really is ok, because all I want to do is remain stable. My diet is really strict, but I may be more sensitive to some fods than other people. The body & brain even in 2015 is not a completely understood science, bipolar has no specific test to prove it’s a valid diagnosis, hence why you’re treated with drugs (not necessarily specific) to treat certain behaviours and or symptoms that may or may not work, it’s just band aiding many possible biological causes that individually and collectively mirror “bipolar” symptoms and behaviours, with the amount of research that has been done to date like gut bacteria (and brain connection) vitamin and amino acid deficiencies and all other possible causes that mirror “bipolar” behaviours and symptoms, these should be exhausted before you put a blanket over everything and call it bipolar, if you have a big cut you can’t just cover the blood with different types of bandages hoping one will stop the flow, you find out where it’s coming from, and stop it. And it IS work. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to give an email address but it’s firstname.lastname@example.org. He doesnt deserve to be ostracized!!! I did try the Fish Oil for well over a year, not long ago. Letting the chemical imbalance in my brain remain in its natural state isn’t worth the damage it causes. After researching various things, I’m starting to wonder if bipolar is a misdiagnosis for something else, perhaps hormonal imbalances like adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. It helped that sometimes only 3 friends would be near me, i would be quiet and calm and they ofc noticed very quickly lol. When I was in the hospital as a result of a seizure my calcium came in at the low end of the normal range. Chris @Tabby — Wow. And these medications are clearly dangerous. chances are, if you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder, bpd, and possibly even schizophrenia, you have a history of one or all of these ailments/behaviors: 1. alcohol and/or drug use: prescription or street, frequent use of antibiotics is HUGE. If i am in a crowd of people, i tend to pick up on what the mass feelings are(it is also why i dont like crowds of people in one place that dont go anywhere, if its crowds like malls or big events where they are always moving im fine, but groups not moving for hours. A safe place. Don’t see my post? Most likely you are emotionally dependent from someone who doesn’t love you very much. I’m 48 and this is my third attempt at completing a degree (this will be familiar to those with bipolar who are experts at starting but not completing projects :-) ) Would you be interested taking part? I have used this product successfully for many years. If the person refuses to treat their bipolar disorder, listen and observe to try and understand why they refuse. The best thing you can do now if you havent already, is get to a mental health center as soon as possible. Please help! You should look better than any one else of your sex near. I try to plan financially my depressive cycles, because I know I wont have much incomes during those periods. Testimonials are not indicative of anything other than that a random, anonymous online profile has something to say. She may not be able to finish her study. I would rather take my meds than sit in jail cause I went off on someone, Or in the Hospital. Within 2 years I had months of depression and then wrecked a house, got sectioned, and lived on the streets. I never had psoriasis before then. We were created uniquely unique for ourselves and because we are uniquely unique for ourselves; our mental illness affects and effects us, different. It is harder to process. Suicide Hotlines Can Save Lives, You Create Your Own Reality? Bipolar disorder involves extreme shifts in mood, energy, and levels of activity. Ridiculous. To onlookers, these protective mechanisms may look very odd, even “crazy”. Exercise for Depression, ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder. the best way to serve and give back. What therapy benefits any given individual is not as important in my opinion as understanding the need to not give up and to continue researching and experimenting for a therapy and/or combination of therapies that works for one self. I used to keep a pretty loose, spontaneous schedule. Choline and others are great for bipolar mania also. I ate a little better and lost 20 lbs having less hunger than when I was taking antidepressants. Chris, you’re clearly trying to “trigger” me. I’m not sure why you would say that but I don’t agree. Sometimes bipolar symptoms can be aleviated by going back to childhood causes or emotional and societal causes of personal stress. I block all email addresses. I have bipolar but not on medication. I saw and felt miracles as my health improved so yes it can be done taking the right natural thing our bodies require or should I say what we are lacking. My only concern is that the high dosage of mood stabilizers that I am on are triggering my mania. Natasha, I know that must be a trigger for you. Is that warm and fuzzy enough for you? Tas, Medications can help people manage symptoms, but these can have adverse effects. He gets to cocky at his jobs or to paranoid and ends up quitting or getting fired. My son is bipolar manic. I am very frustrated and it kills my soul that my first born is going through something so scary and a unknowing mental stage that no doctor can give me an accurate diagnosis. Let’s look for real solutions instead of slapping a band-aid on the problem! No wonder “bipolar” is a lifetime illness. Socially: have a very supportive, loving relationship with my partner and avoid negative/draining people Do they want people to take their vitamin supplement or not? Yes it works great for me 400mg but nobody tells you about the real bad withdrawal symptoms you get when you stop taking seroquil. Both diets works fine, importance here is to avoid fast & high energy foods, especially everything with sugar. It.has taken me five years to get my bp under control I may need meds later but I am doing well now. Keep the flow of information open. I love the info but believe it needs much more research! (And the research supports this.). the best thing you can do to start getting over this tragic life of living with bipolar disorder is this: BELIEVE that it DOES NOT DEFINE YOU, and that YOU CAN RID YOURSELF OF IT WITHOUT SCARY MEDS! He is in a halfway house at this time. I do want to emphasize that I am still on medication as well. I don’t want to act out of control. I’m just aware that I am extremely med sensitive. I wouldn’t say there is a conspiracy to prevent alternative treatments; I would say there is no money in it. I won’t say it’s easy, but it can be done for some people, so I would not discount it. 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