Posted by yesac on June 17, 2005, at 17:05:02
In reply to typical duration of treatment?, posted by jessers11581 on June 17, 2005, at 16:16:02
Could you try different drugs? I don't know if you've been on many different things, but it's possible you could find something that you don't hate the side effects so much.
I took my first drug in 1998 when I was 19. I was only on it for a few months. Then I wasn't on anything for 3 years, then back on drugs for about 6 months, then off for probably 10 months. That was fall of 2002. I've been on something or other ever since then.
I expect that I'll be taking drugs for the rest of my life. I had a hard time with that fact, or more accurately, accepting the fact of having a chronic illness--- but I've pretty much accepted it now. It sucks to take drugs, but I'd rather be on drugs than feel the way I feel without them.
But it sounds like your issue might be withdrawal. If you really don't want to take drugs, you might have to get through the withdrawal and see how you feel after that. Maybe you don't need them.
I think some people might need them for a while and then not. But there are others who have a more chronic course and may need something for the rest of their lives.
I guess in the end it's a personal decision that you have to make for yourself.