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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)

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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (689 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (508 votes [9.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.26%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (395 votes [7.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.20%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (348 votes [6.34%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.34%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (242 votes [4.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.41%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (224 votes [4.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.08%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (340 votes [6.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.20%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (414 votes [7.55%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.55%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (301 votes [5.49%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.49%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (371 votes [6.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.76%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (148 votes [2.70%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.70%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (223 votes [4.06%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.06%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (213 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (427 votes [7.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.78%

  14. Voted because I don't want the same thing that happened last time to happen again (388 votes [7.07%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.07%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (213 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (352 votes [6.42%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.42%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (328 votes [5.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.98%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (51 votes [0.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.93%

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 (500 votes [39.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.75%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (302 votes [24.01%])

    Percentage of vote: 24.01%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (250 votes [19.87%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.87%

  4. Voted see above reasons (173 votes [13.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.75%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (33 votes [2.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.62%

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#201 professional nut

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Posted 21 April 2015 - 01:24 PM

Because I'm afraid to fall into complete madness. Who knows if meds will work next time or the time after that. No, I'll do what I can to avoid insanity.

Edited by professional nut, 21 April 2015 - 01:25 PM.

Current Meds: Lithium

Past Meds: Zoloft, Risperdal, Latuda, Zyprexa, Abilify, Lamictal

#202 theswordandthepen



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Posted 28 April 2015 - 12:59 PM

As someone who really struggles with meds compliance, this is a good reminder of why I should stay on them.

Diagnosis: Bipolar I w/ mixed features, psychotic features, and rapid cycling

Medication: Abilify 15mg, starting lithium as soon as blood tests come back

#203 coldmassiveblue



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Posted 30 April 2015 - 11:41 PM

1.) ..... I'm better on them.
2.) see 1.) please. Not an option for me after 33 years.

#204 Devotchka



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Posted 01 May 2015 - 07:44 AM

A year and a half ago I was hospitalised for three months for suicidal ideation after my son's death. I had attempted before and knew I was in trouble. In hospital, I was diagnosed with PTSD, Major Depression, GAD, (already knew all that), and bipolar II.
Bipolar II? No way.
The moment I got out and started to feel well enough to work part time, I set about weaning myself off all meds. Despite having had symptoms of being Bipolar as far back into my childhood as I can remember. Despite my mother, son, aunts and uncles all being Bipolar I or Schizophrenic.
About a month ago, I realised my symptoms have been getting progressively worse. Dissociative, hallucinatory, depression, mania, hypomania. The whole menu. Two days ago I ended up in the ER, and that's a month after I began seeking treatment again. But I was only on a mild mood stabiliser and clearly that was a day late and a dollar short
New diagnosis is Bipolar I.
Never again will I fuck around with my mental wellbeing.
I'm now adding new meds to the mix and starting with a new treatment team.
I now look at my MI the same way I look at my asthma and autoimmune illness. Fucking deal and take my meds. The end.

Edited by Devotchka, 01 May 2015 - 11:19 AM.

Current Dx: Bipolar I, Writer, PTSD, Migraineur, Celiac, Hashimoto's, Asthma

Current Rx: Topamax 100mgs, Zoloft 50mgs, Imitrex PRN, Risperdone 0.5 mgs, Albuterol, Singulair, Synthroid 175 mgs


Past Dx: Major Depression, Fibromyalgia, GAD, Bipolar II, DPD, Migraines/Seizure Disorder

Past Rx: Risperdal, Seroquel, Amitriptyline, Klonopin, Lamotrigine, Xanax, Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Cymbalta, Gabapentin, Clozapine

#205 melissaw72


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Posted 01 May 2015 - 05:52 PM


I now look at my MI the same way I look at my asthma and autoimmune illness. Fucking deal and take my meds. The end.



Current Psychiatric Dxs ... Schizoaffective, Schizophrenia-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.

Any questions just ask :)

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