Psycho-Babble Medication Thread 769986

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a new life on zero drugs.

Posted by gretta on July 16, 2007, at 21:17:14

no medicines equals:

lots of crying.
lots of bodily discomforts as a reaction to situational discomforts. (it took me forever to figure out that my procrastination was causing back pain and nausea)
lots of nausea
lots of not being able to stop crying.
but also lots of enjoying the sensation of the tears on your face.
a little weight loss
more words and a faster vocabulary.
worse spelling
more worry about the safety and sanctity of relationships.
"when will they ditch your crazy *ss?"
more seconds to the minute, minutes to the hour and hours to the day. it can become too many.
lots of being pissed off. . .and bored.
less eyebrow tweezing (surprizingly enough)
more longing to be with others
less ability to BE with others.
you get to be up for half a week and down for the rest.

life without meds is a diptic. and im struggling with all my might t find how it compliments itself.

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs. gretta

Posted by Squiggles on July 16, 2007, at 21:40:10

In reply to a new life on zero drugs., posted by gretta on July 16, 2007, at 21:17:14

I am stable emotionally and mentally because
I take my drugs, prescribed and tailored by
my drs. to the best of their ability years ago.
I was probably one of the lucky ones. I live with many side effects, which have detracted from what i once used to be. But I have accepted this as a necessity of my life.

I don't doubt that some psychiatric cases are
mistakes in dx where drugs are not necessary
on a chronic basis. And so, not being on drugs may in those cases be an epiphany.

For those whom I believe to need them, I have
made a promise to myself and my ****** to never, ever again make a helpful suggestion on the basis of my university education, nor my net studies,
nor experience and observation,
nor even their request.

I say this because i just received a very vindictive and uncalled for reaction from someone who asked for advice and got it from me. Not everyone can be counted on
not to transform personal help into something blameworthy and a weapon for personal motives.

Speaking to your doctor is the best, and taking net advice anonymously and with a grain of salt, probably second best. If your doctor lets you go without drugs and you make that decision for yourself, taking the risks and the consequences, good for you and good luck.

And the net studies (such as found on PubMed) are there for all to read.

Squiggles

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs.

Posted by Phillipa on July 16, 2007, at 21:51:58

In reply to Re: a new life on zero drugs. gretta, posted by Squiggles on July 16, 2007, at 21:40:10

Gretta whose decision or idea was it for you to be med free? Did you have a one time depression and no longer need them? Or your doc thinks you donn't need them anymore? How many meds were you on and what diagnosis? Love Phillipa

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs. gretta

Posted by linkadge on July 17, 2007, at 10:06:19

In reply to a new life on zero drugs., posted by gretta on July 16, 2007, at 21:17:14

Hi, I am in a similar situation. I got off meds a few years back and am feeling a lot better.

I still think there are things wrong, I just personally think my best option is to go without meds.

Some are lucky enough to find meds that help and they can tollerate.

Linkadge

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs.

Posted by puravida on July 18, 2007, at 15:25:21

In reply to a new life on zero drugs., posted by gretta on July 16, 2007, at 21:17:14

Please be careful. I have tried this a few times in the past 10+ years, and each time the results have been worse. There is no shame in taking meds - if you didn't need them they would not affect you. But they do - they make your life better - clear and normal. Part of the fear of taking meds is the depression itself, I suspect.

Hugs,
PV

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs.

Posted by spriggy on July 18, 2007, at 18:24:27

In reply to Re: a new life on zero drugs., posted by puravida on July 18, 2007, at 15:25:21

I had a bad experience with my first try on AD's so I refused for years to even try again.

I spent years suffering needlessly in order to be "med free."

If you continue to feel this way off meds, please reconsider and talk to your doctor.

For me, I had to come to the point that I realized that suffering was not heroic when it's not required.

Some things in life just require suffering... but just waking up every morning shouldn't.

I hope you feel better soon.

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs. spriggy

Posted by puravida on July 19, 2007, at 12:45:27

In reply to Re: a new life on zero drugs., posted by spriggy on July 18, 2007, at 18:24:27

Spriggy, you are so right. Luckily I have have had some true depression free times in the past few years, so it is possible for me to remember what "normal" feels like. Life is supposed to be enjoyable most of the time. Right now for me something is off, so I am trying to figure out how to get back to normal. I am scared to change/adjust meds but I know that it is what I need to do. Exercise, less stress at work, eating better, etc - those things will all help, but if I don't get out of bed because I am not on the right meds, well, then I can't see through the fog to help myself.

Still, very scared. What if it doesn't work? What if I have nasty side effects? Why ME???? Waaaaaah!

In this state I tend to argue with myself that this is true, but it is fact, that in the past 10+ years, when I have adjusted my meds, most of the time life has gotten better. Every single time I try to taper down or go off altogether, bad, bad stuff. And the biggest sign I need the meds is that I think I don't.

Anyway, that is just me - thanks for letting me "remember" what I need to do -

PV

 

Re: a new life on zero drugs.

Posted by gretta on July 22, 2007, at 9:54:19

In reply to Re: a new life on zero drugs. spriggy, posted by puravida on July 19, 2007, at 12:45:27

when i joined this online community i felt relieved that i had a place to post ideas and feelings i have regarding my life as a psychiatric patient with bipolar. when i write it is not a plea for help. when i write it is not to threaten anyone elses situation or to undermine their need for medicine. i understand and respect the need to be for medicine and myself have been helped by it in the past. i use this venue to explore what i cannot with friends and family. to have an open, non judgemental diologue (and sometimes monologue) regarding the various ethical and moral pitfalls related to changing ones own chemical makeup. all of you are strong. whether on meds or not for doing the same and finding this online community. i see that there is doubt about my not being on meds; ive got friends family therapist psychiatrist and coworkers up to speed with this. i am not reckless nor in denial. but i am sometimes in need of some ears.
thanks for listening.


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