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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)


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Poll: Why do you stay on meds? (687 member(s) have cast votes)

Why do you stay on meds?

  1. Voted to help prevent depression (506 votes [9.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.26%

  2. Voted to help prevent anxiety (393 votes [7.20%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.20%

  3. Voted to help prevent mania (346 votes [6.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.33%

  4. Voted to help prevent psychosis (241 votes [4.41%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.41%

  5. Voted to stay in remission (223 votes [4.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.08%

  6. Voted to help prevent irritability (339 votes [6.21%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.21%

  7. Voted so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout (412 votes [7.54%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.54%

  8. Voted I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school (299 votes [5.47%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.47%

  9. Voted so I don't have to be hospitalized (369 votes [6.76%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.76%

  10. Voted I can't afford another spending spree (148 votes [2.71%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.71%

  11. Voted so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward (223 votes [4.08%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.08%

  12. Voted to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc) (212 votes [3.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.88%

  13. Voted to stay functional (can leave the house, etc) (425 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 (387 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

  15. Voted to help prevent self-injury (211 votes [3.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 3.86%

  16. Voted so that I'm not dead (351 votes [6.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.43%

  17. Voted so that I can sleep (327 votes [5.99%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.99%

  18. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (50 votes [0.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.92%

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 (498 votes [39.68%])

    Percentage of vote: 39.68%

  2. Voted The benefits outweigh the side effects (301 votes [23.98%])

    Percentage of vote: 23.98%

  3. Voted They work better than the last set of meds (250 votes [19.92%])

    Percentage of vote: 19.92%

  4. Voted see above reasons (173 votes [13.78%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.78%

  5. additional reasons (put in post if you like) (33 votes [2.63%])

    Percentage of vote: 2.63%

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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.
Denial.
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: PTSD, Migraineur, Celiac, Hashimoto's, Asthma, Bipolar I, Writer<p>Current Rx: Topamax 100mgs, Zoloft 50mgs, Imitrex PRN, Risperdone 0.5 mgs, Albuterol, Singulair, Synthroid 175 mgsPast "Mentally Interesting" Dx: Major Depression, Fibromyalgia, GAD, Bipolar II, BPD, DPD, Migraines/Seizure Disorder<p>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.

 

^^THIS.


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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