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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)

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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (630 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (466 votes [9.23%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.23%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (364 votes [7.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.21%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (315 votes [6.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.24%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (218 votes [4.32%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.32%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (207 votes [4.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.10%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (318 votes [6.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.30%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (385 votes [7.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.63%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (278 votes [5.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.51%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (343 votes [6.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.79%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (136 votes [2.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.69%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (203 votes [4.02%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.02%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (196 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (393 votes [7.79%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.79%

  14. Voted because I don't want the same thing that happened last time to happen again (356 votes [7.05%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.05%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (191 votes [3.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.78%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (324 votes [6.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.42%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (305 votes [6.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.04%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (50 votes [0.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.99%

Why do you stay on meds even if they're not fully working?

  1. Voted I'm still less crazy than I am without them (458 votes [39.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.41%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (283 votes [24.35%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.35%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (232 votes [19.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.97%

  4. Voted see above reasons (160 votes [13.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.77%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (29 votes [2.50%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.50%

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#181 Gnuyak


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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:49 AM

Because I want to be around to see my kids safely out on their own. And maybe get to be a grandmother, the way my mom wasn't (she died 2 years before my oldest was born).

And because some day I AM going to get through all the mythology books I've collected,dammit. That's why I'll stay on my meds.

#182 3xEmonkey



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Posted 11 August 2014 - 09:04 PM

As an optimist I find the depression tolerable. I always thought I was thriving during the mania. And then a real manic episode happened, and I learned the term 'hypomanic.'
Rapid cycling is so foreign to me; I often wonder if I may have SAD instead. And maybe so. But I stay on my meds. Because to stray from the path is to approach the wolf's den.
And for some reason, people only believe a person is sick if they take medicine...
I wish that weren't even a factor in my reasons.

Edited by 3xEmonkey, 11 August 2014 - 09:05 PM.


#183 smac84



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 02:25 PM

See above poll...


I stay on my meds so I do not go "crazy" and get SI... If my moods swing too high or low, its bad :(

Diagnosis:  Bipolar II NOS, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, Migraines, Gastritis, Vitamin D Deficiency

Current Medications:  Abilify 30mg, Prolixin 10mg, Gabapentin 800mg, Temazepam 15mg(for insomnia), Atenolol 50mg X twice a day(for migraines), Ranitidine (for gastritis), Vitamin D3 6000iu

Previous Medications:  Amytriptyline, despiramine, doxepin, citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline, mirtazapine, bupropion, trazodone, asenapine, lurasidone, quetiapine, carbamazepine, valproic acid, topamax, klonopin, clonidine (for anxiety)



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