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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)


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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (638 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (471 votes [9.24%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.24%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (368 votes [7.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.22%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (320 votes [6.28%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.28%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (220 votes [4.31%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.31%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (209 votes [4.10%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.10%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (321 votes [6.30%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.30%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (389 votes [7.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.63%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (282 votes [5.53%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.53%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (345 votes [6.77%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.77%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (137 votes [2.69%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.69%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (204 votes [4.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.00%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (198 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (397 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 (359 votes [7.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.04%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (194 votes [3.80%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.80%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (327 votes [6.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.41%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (308 votes [6.04%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.04%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (50 votes [0.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.98%

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 (464 votes [39.39%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.39%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (285 votes [24.19%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.19%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (235 votes [19.95%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.95%

  4. Voted see above reasons (164 votes [13.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.92%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (30 votes [2.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.55%

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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.

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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 NOS, Borderline Personality Disorder, Anxiety, PTSD, Migraines, Gastritis, Vitamin D Deficiency

Current Medications:  Abilify 30mg, Prolixin 20mg, Gabapentin 800mg, Temazepam 15mg(for insomnia), Atenolol 50mg X twice a day(for migraines), Ranitidine (for gastritis), Vitamin D3 6000iu, Artane 4mg (for tremors)

Previous Medications:  Amytriptyline, despiramine, doxepin, citalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline, mirtazapine, bupropion, trazodone, asenapine, lurasidone, quetiapine, 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. Lamictal 25mg a day for now...just starting this...so we're in the weaning on stage.


#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:
BP1 with TRD

Rx:
Abilify 10mg: general crazy med/mood stabilizer + for auditory hallucinations and delusions
Cogentin 1mg: for akathisia due to Abilify
Ritalin 5mg + Remeron 15mg: for treatment-resistant depression
Zyprexa 10mg: as needed to put the kibosh on manic and mixed states
Ambien CR 12.5mg + Remeron 15mg: as needed for sleep





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