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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (670 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (494 votes [9.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.25%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (384 votes [7.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.19%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (337 votes [6.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.31%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (234 votes [4.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.38%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (219 votes [4.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.10%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (332 votes [6.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.22%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (405 votes [7.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.59%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (292 votes [5.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.47%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (360 votes [6.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.74%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (145 votes [2.72%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.72%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (214 votes [4.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.01%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (205 votes [3.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.84%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (415 votes [7.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.77%

  14. Voted because I don't want the same thing that happened last time to happen again (378 votes [7.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.08%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (207 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (346 votes [6.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.48%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (321 votes [6.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.01%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (50 votes [0.94%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.94%

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 (485 votes [39.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.53%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (296 votes [24.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.12%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (245 votes [19.97%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.97%

  4. Voted see above reasons (169 votes [13.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.77%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (32 votes [2.61%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.61%

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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.

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#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 Depression with psychotic features, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, Migraines, Gastritis, Vitamin D Deficiency

Current Medications:  Abilify 2mg, Lamictal 25mg (slowly increasing to 100mg), Prolixin 30mg, Trazodone 50mg, Atenolol 50mg X twice a day(for migraines), Ranitidine (for gastritis), Vitamin D3 6000iu, Artane 4mg (for tremors), Prenatal Vitamin,

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

 

 


#184 LesMis4

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 01:18 PM

Because I've tried it the other way...going off meds...and the result was an ER visit where I was terrified they were going to hold me in the hospital on a watch. Nope. I'm taking them religiously now. No more messing around.

Dx: Bipolar II, GAD, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder

Rx: Klonopin .5mg 2x/day. Geodon 20mg/day. For other issues: Clonodine .1mg 2x/day, Ventolin Inhaler as needed, and Hydroclorothiazide 12.5 mg 1x/day, Vitamin D 50,000/wk


#185 Flash

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Posted 31 August 2014 - 06:13 PM

Speaking of being held, I always had to be signed out by my parent(s). My family is gone now, and the closest relatives I have are some cousins who I've either never met or haven't seen or talked to in eons. Plus they all live far away. If I get stuck in again, how am I going to get out? And how would I deal with paying bills, taking care of the cats, getting my mail, and stuff like that? And another thing, let's say you check yourself in voluntarily. Can you always leave at any time then, even if you're completely off your rocker?
Dx:
Bipolar I disorder with psychotic features

Rx:
Abilify 15mg, Zyprexa 10mg PRN for mania/mixed, Doxepin 25mg, Remeron 15mg PRN for sleep

Past meds: Wellbutrin, Trazodone, Remeron, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Neurontin, Lunesta, Ambien, Ambien CR, Restoril, Seroquel, Lithium, Ritalin, Concerta, Cogentin

#186 IamnotmyDx

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Posted 28 September 2014 - 11:46 AM

I take my meds so that I won't lose custody of my kid.



#187 scutofwump

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Posted 10 November 2014 - 10:49 PM

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Dx: PTSD , Borderline Personality Disorder , Major Depression Disorder , Generalized Anxiety Disorder ,  Social Phobia


Rx: none

Previous RX:  Lexapro, Paxil, Prozac, Effexor , Busperone , Seroquel , Klonopin , Abilify , Benzotropine , Hydroxyzine, 
Saphris   , Ativan , Xanax, Neurontin


#188 littlemisschatterbox

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 06:49 AM

Ive been psychosis free for 8 months now, I have to be on meds until April 2015 i hate being on them but i don't want to relapse either. I was unaware that i was having an episode. Its best for me to stay on them for now.


Diagnoses:

  • Psychosis since 29/3/14
  • Depression since 11/11/14

 

Treatment:

 

  • 1mg of rixadone(risperidone) been  taking since 29/3/14
  •  10mg of Loxalate (Lexapro) been taking  since 11/11/14      

 

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#189 melissaw72

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Posted 09 December 2014 - 12:42 PM

Staying on meds so I don't go psychotic and do things that I will completely regret later.


Current Psychiatric Dxs ... Schizoaffective, bipolar type; Anxiety disorder, PTSD, agoraphobia

Also recovered Anorexic/Bulimic finally after 20 years.

Current meds: Provigil, Klonopin, Xanax, Naltrexone, Wellbutrin, Abilify, Lamictal, Prozac, Lansoprazole, Linzess, QVAR inhaler, Xopenex inhaler, Flonase, Flexeril, Zofran,propranolol.

Any questions just ask :)

 

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#190 Flash

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Posted 08 January 2015 - 11:04 AM

I guess the reason is the same for me. I don't need another round of psychosis. I'll keep abilify for just that reason. But the stuff for depression, none of which seems to wok, I'm willing to jettison. So tired of the med-go-round. I need a break.
Dx:
Bipolar I disorder with psychotic features

Rx:
Abilify 15mg, Zyprexa 10mg PRN for mania/mixed, Doxepin 25mg, Remeron 15mg PRN for sleep

Past meds: Wellbutrin, Trazodone, Remeron, Effexor, Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Neurontin, Lunesta, Ambien, Ambien CR, Restoril, Seroquel, Lithium, Ritalin, Concerta, Cogentin

#191 JessRyley

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 02:33 PM

My girlfriend wants me to come off my meds. She used to be on some medication too but she's a lot more high-functioning than me and I don't think she understands that. Without my meds I'm an absolute mess and I'm scared I'll hurt someone/myself, or ruin my education (I'm in year 11, doing GCSEs then A-Levels, then in Uni) so I can't come off my meds until after all that, and I can't sleep whatsoever without them. I'm terrified of coming off them.


Diagnoses: Depression with psychotic features, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia, Complex PTSD, OCD, Borderline Personality Disorder, Tourette's, Dyspraxia, Asperger's, Sensory Processing Disorder

 

Medications: Fluoxetine 40mg, Pregabalin 450mg, Quetiapine 600mg, Sertraline 200mg, Promethazine 25mg, Aripiprazole 5 mg, Circadin 2mg

 

Treatments: Inpatient x2 4 months each, CBT, DBT, Art Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, Family Therapy, EMDR

 

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#192 melissaw72

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 06:15 PM

My girlfriend wants me to come off my meds. She used to be on some medication too but she's a lot more high-functioning than me and I don't think she understands that. Without my meds I'm an absolute mess and I'm scared I'll hurt someone/myself, or ruin my education (I'm in year 11, doing GCSEs then A-Levels, then in Uni) so I can't come off my meds until after all that, and I can't sleep whatsoever without them. I'm terrified of coming off them.

 

Why are you going to go off of meds after school, if they are working for you?


Current Psychiatric Dxs ... Schizoaffective, bipolar type; Anxiety disorder, PTSD, agoraphobia

Also recovered Anorexic/Bulimic finally after 20 years.

Current meds: Provigil, Klonopin, Xanax, Naltrexone, Wellbutrin, Abilify, Lamictal, Prozac, Lansoprazole, Linzess, QVAR inhaler, Xopenex inhaler, Flonase, Flexeril, Zofran,propranolol.

Any questions just ask :)

 

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#193 crtclms

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Posted 14 January 2015 - 08:31 PM

Who cares if your girlfriend came off her meds? You and she are not the same person. I'm glad if she doesn't need meds (although that actually remains to be seen), but that has no bearing on what is good for you.

 

And quitting meds after school is a good way to crash and burn at your first job. Why don't you and your pdoc make your med arrangements, and leave your girlfriend out of this. It is a really, really bad idea to let her manage your illness.


Dx: Bipolar 1; GAD; Migraine w/ Aura; Migraine w/o Aura; Renal Tubular Acidosis (caused by Zonegran); Status Migrainosus
Rx: Alprazolam; Botox; Dihydroergotomine via IV Infusion; Fish Oil; Flexeril; Lamotrigine; Latuda; Lithium; Metoclopramide; Midrin; Migranal; Potassium Citrate; Prilosec; Promethazine; Riboflavin; Tizanidine; Verapamil; Vitamin D3
Currently Shelved: Abilify; Amerge; Anaprox; Atenolol; Buproprion; Buspar; Cafergot; Cymbalta; Depakote; Di-Hydro-ergotamine, injected; Gabapentin; Geodon; Imitrex Tablets; Klonopin; Maxalt; Namenda; Nortriptyline; Norvasc; Propranolol; Prozac; Risperidone; Relpax; Sansert; Sumatriptan injectables; Tegretol; Trazadone; Zoloft; Zolpidem; Zomig; Zonegran


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#194 scarletbp

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Posted 26 January 2015 - 08:10 PM

It's not worth it.

 

 

 

 

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#195 crtclms

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Posted 27 January 2015 - 01:34 PM

It is worth it. You may not want to hear that. And you may not want to hear that you have tried very little. Look at the signatures of some of the members here. My sig is a wash, because half of that is for migraine, but have you seen some of the sigs here?

 

I am sorry you feel crappy. It is time to call your pdoc and to tell him or her that the current cocktail is definitely not working.


Dx: Bipolar 1; GAD; Migraine w/ Aura; Migraine w/o Aura; Renal Tubular Acidosis (caused by Zonegran); Status Migrainosus
Rx: Alprazolam; Botox; Dihydroergotomine via IV Infusion; Fish Oil; Flexeril; Lamotrigine; Latuda; Lithium; Metoclopramide; Midrin; Migranal; Potassium Citrate; Prilosec; Promethazine; Riboflavin; Tizanidine; Verapamil; Vitamin D3
Currently Shelved: Abilify; Amerge; Anaprox; Atenolol; Buproprion; Buspar; Cafergot; Cymbalta; Depakote; Di-Hydro-ergotamine, injected; Gabapentin; Geodon; Imitrex Tablets; Klonopin; Maxalt; Namenda; Nortriptyline; Norvasc; Propranolol; Prozac; Risperidone; Relpax; Sansert; Sumatriptan injectables; Tegretol; Trazadone; Zoloft; Zolpidem; Zomig; Zonegran


Affectations can be dangerous. -Gertrude Stein

 

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