First of all, I have to apologize for my English. Being Dutch I am very much aware that especially my grammer isn't well, but, I'll do my utmost.
I saw your documentary (thank you for making that) and as a result of that I wanted to tell you about my experience with taking Omega pills. I have a depression as well, and only took medication for one year, because I did not feel it does anything but making me feel like a zombie. So I tried to stay alive for five years without medication. Being able to write to you proves that I did ;-).
I read about omega with regards to heart failure. Being born in a family with lots of problems with the heart, I thought it might do me some good to start taking omega, or at least, it wouldn't kill me. But, as I took the omega for a fortnight I started to feel less depressed, very much less depressed (o, I do hope that my English is not to bad :-// ). The thing that surprised me most was that I was not thinking of how to keep the will to stay alive all the time (because I have two children that do deserve a mother). Forcing myself to stay alive was no longer such a big issue. Though sometimes the feeling does come back, it isn't half the struggle it use to be. And on the whole I became more cheerful than I use to be since I became depressed. I told my therapist about it and he told me that the organisation of mental health in Holland, GGZ, is in the process of testing the effects of omega for people with depressions.
I do not know whether it does the same for someone with a manic depression, after all, I only have a depression without the manic part. But I thought it wouldn't harm to tell you my experience with it (other than having you and anyone else bother to read this struggle with reading my English). For me it works better than the regular medication. And I did not even expect it to happen. If I am out of omega, and not able to buy new because I am to tired to go to the store, the effect of being depressed again starts within two or three days. And I'm back in my own little dark pit. So it is not a medicine in a way that it cures the problem, it only helps to cover it up.
I take omega 3-6-9-pills. But it is only one of them that helps with the depression, the other two are meant to do good for my heart (at least, I hope so). I am sorry to tell you that at this moment I forgot which one was best for depressions, but that information is to be found on the internet somewhere.
Note, although I do not believe in anonymous postings, I removed my surname, because my children are not aware of my illness. And for now I think they are to young to know. As they grow older I will surely tell them, but I was afraid that this posting somehow would reach them. You never know.