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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)

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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (660 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (486 votes [9.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.25%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (378 votes [7.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.19%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (331 votes [6.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.30%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (229 votes [4.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.36%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (214 votes [4.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.07%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (330 votes [6.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.28%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (399 votes [7.59%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.59%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (290 votes [5.52%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.52%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (354 votes [6.74%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.74%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (142 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (212 votes [4.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.03%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (202 votes [3.84%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.84%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (408 votes [7.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.76%

  14. Voted because I don't want the same thing that happened last time to happen again (374 votes [7.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.12%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (201 votes [3.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.82%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (339 votes [6.45%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.45%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (317 votes [6.03%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.03%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (50 votes [0.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.95%

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 (479 votes [39.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.69%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (291 votes [24.11%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.11%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (240 votes [19.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.88%

  4. Voted see above reasons (166 votes [13.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.75%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (31 votes [2.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.57%

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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 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?
Bipolar I

Abilify 15mg, Zyprexa 10mg PRN, Wellbutrin SR 150mg

Past meds: Wellbutrin, Effexor, Trazodone, Remeron, Paxil, Celexa, Prozac, 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


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.


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




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


#189 melissaw72


    My mind works like lightning. One brilliant flash and it's gone.

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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 :)


"I'm still kind of mad they never actually told us how to get to Sesame Street."

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