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Reasons for staying on meds (poll)


Why do you stay on meds?  

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  1. 1. Why do you stay on meds?

    • to help prevent depression
      636
    • to help prevent anxiety
      483
    • to help prevent mania
      432
    • to help prevent psychosis
      304
    • to stay in remission
      279
    • to help prevent irritability
      415
    • so my family or friends don't have to deal with the fallout
      502
    • I don't want to lose my job / have to drop out of school
      373
    • so I don't have to be hospitalized
      456
    • I can't afford another spending spree
      191
    • so I don't have to apologize to a lot of people afterward
      281
    • to help prevent other symptoms (obsessions/compulsions, etc)
      257
    • to stay functional (can leave the house, etc)
      532
    • because I don't want the same thing that happened last time to happen again
      480
    • to help prevent self-injury
      265
    • so that I'm not dead
      428
    • so that I can sleep
      407
    • additional reasons (put in post if you like)
      62
  2. 2. Why do you stay on meds even if they're not fully working?

    • I'm still less crazy than I am without them
      624
    • The benefits outweigh the side effects
      374
    • They work better than the last set of meds
      300
    • see above reasons
      211
    • additional reasons (put in post if you like)
      48


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I am on a board right now where someone is going off meds and according to her doing much better than she ever has. It is tempting. That is why I came on here. I needed to get reminded why I take the pills. I don't want to be crasy and suicidal. Last episode I became very close to offing myself. It is tempting though because it taps into my biggest desires - to be normal and not need meds. I feel weak needing the meds. I know that it takes more strength to admit your need but I am a bit raw right now. I am still in that stage of not wanting to believe it is real. I wonder if I was just stronger, wiser, etc. if I would have been able to cope. Then reality smacks me in the face and I know I need, that it is illness not weakness, I need the meds and am grateful they are here helping me out.

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I checked most of the reasons. It was pretty eye opening. I can't believe how many posts there have been on the baords lately about stopping meds and whatnot. I can honestly say I've never bee

I checked most of the reasons as well. A crazy like me has to do more than a non-crazy just to stay even on the teeter-totter. It sucks, but that's the way the world works. Your poll reminded m

I hate the person I am unmedicated.

I am on a board right now where someone is going off meds and according to her doing much better than she ever has. It is tempting. That is why I came on here. I needed to get reminded why I take the pills. I don't want to be crasy and suicidal. Last episode I became very close to offing myself. It is tempting though because it taps into my biggest desires - to be normal and not need meds. I feel weak needing the meds. I know that it takes more strength to admit your need but I am a bit raw right now. I am still in that stage of not wanting to believe it is real. I wonder if I was just stronger, wiser, etc. if I would have been able to cope. Then reality smacks me in the face and I know I need, that it is illness not weakness, I need the meds and am grateful they are here helping me out.

Maybe you are stronger and wiser in realizing that that staying on meds offers you the most hopeful future.

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I am on a board right now where someone is going off meds and according to her doing much better than she ever has.

Some of us are better at self-assessment than others, my friend.

If she's hypomanic, she may think she's just fine. Meanwhile, everyone else in her life thinks she's an asshole, she's run up a $5K credit card debt, developed a drinking problem and got a new STD.;)

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Going -on- meds precipitated my divorce, or more precisely, the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and epilepsy. Also

used to strip all visitation or custody of my then six-year-old son (now twenty-two). Meds didn't save me, and in Florida, mental disorder is valid grounds for divorce (note: I was never any threat to my ex- wife, including a statement saying so from the Navy psychs who did the diagnosis, which were disallowed on the grounds they were not Florida-licensed doctors).

I unfortunately know of several people who ended their marriages based on mental illness. The last was a supervisor at an HR job I had. After my big breakdown and bipolar diagnosis, I noticed that she suddenly started treating me like shit. Turns out it was because she saw my FMLA paperwork with mental craziness on it. Turns out her recent divorce was because her husband was MDD and he'd just lost his job due to missed work. So she was supportive enough to divorce him, calling him dead weight. Turns out the reason she started hating me was because I was reminding get a bit too much of the ex.

But the last laugh was on me. My ex- later remarried. She lost her job right after she bought a new construction home, and a new car. He supposedly went to Iowa to get a job in his hometown. He didn't write, he didn't write, the mortgage companies are about to seize her home and car, her drug addict sister moved her children in with my ex-, then her mother moved in with her when the sister caused her to lose her (fully paid for) home over stolen credit cards and theft. My ex- had squandered over $50,000 worth of child support, with nothing to show for it for my son (that's a lot of money for someone on disability the whole time).

I started corresponding with a woman on Yahoo! Answers that it turned out later he had remarried in a common law bigamous marriage, after that woman had been the homewrecker in my ex-'s second marriage. I gleefully filled in both women on what the schmuck had done to both of them (including fathering children on the second "wife.")

My son bailed out of the home when I informed him (she had full custody and I was prohibited visitation, though I could write, because of the crazy diagnosis written into my divorce decree also prohibited me from doing anything with my son except cough up 40% of my disability every month to my wife). Good for him, needs to get away from the normal people he has been living with.

She is still married to the schmo, but both women are trying to take the schmuck apart in court, though he has no money. And my ex- dumped me because -I- was crazy. In the meantime, the publisher I work for hired me partially because the then-CEO was also diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. I was promoted to Editor (despite no degree, a company requirement) because I have shown I can do the work, in other words, for merit. (She is no longer CEO but still works with the company as marketing director. But then the company is composed entirely of women, but me, anyway, and who can tell what they are thinking? ;) )

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My bipolar revolves around a few core principles: deep suicidal depression, short periods of remission, rapid cycling to depression, random pseudo-manias that are almost indistinguishable from a schizophrenic episode in every way.

So, the key things for me on meds is to keep that horrifying depression away, stop any cycling, and find a way to manage potential psychotic mania (this means stay on Lithium and use Zyprexa for a few days if I get bad).

I also stay on them since I really feel I would be in jail for a serious crime by now. I would also probably be a really hard core drug addict.

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I am on a board right now where someone is going off meds and according to her doing much better than she ever has.

Some of us are better at self-assessment than others, my friend.

If she's hypomanic, she may think she's just fine. Meanwhile, everyone else in her life thinks she's an asshole, she's run up a $5K credit card debt, developed a drinking problem and got a new STD.;)

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Going -on- meds precipitated my divorce, or more precisely, the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and epilepsy. Also

used to strip all visitation or custody of my then six-year-old son (now twenty-two). Meds didn't save me, and in Florida, mental disorder is valid grounds for divorce (note: I was never any threat to my ex- wife, including a statement saying so from the Navy psychs who did the diagnosis, which were disallowed on the grounds they were not Florida-licensed doctors).

I unfortunately know of several people who ended their marriages based on mental illness. The last was a supervisor at an HR job I had. After my big breakdown and bipolar diagnosis, I noticed that she suddenly started treating me like shit. Turns out it was because she saw my FMLA paperwork with mental craziness on it. Turns out her recent divorce was because her husband was MDD and he'd just lost his job due to missed work. So she was supportive enough to divorce him, calling him dead weight. Turns out the reason she started hating me was because I was reminding get a bit too much of the ex.

I'm lucky in that way I guess... My husband (who is also on meds for severe anxiety) has put up with so much from my bipolar behavior. We have been together since high school (I am 31 now) and he's seen ALL my ups and downs and seen me go through many different meds... and still seems to love me unconditionally. It's really, really sad that you were not allowed to see your son anymore... My husband and I have always talked about adoption (if and when we get our own shit together) but I don't know if they let crazy people adopt. (Even though we are crazy I know we'd be really good parents, we've both taken care of a lot of kids). But if you were no threat to them, there is no reason they should have taken that right away from you. It can screw with a child's mind quite substantially to have one of their parents taken away from them.

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Going -on- meds precipitated my divorce, or more precisely, the diagnosis of schizoaffective disorder and epilepsy. Also

used to strip all visitation or custody of my then six-year-old son (now twenty-two). Meds didn't save me, and in Florida, mental disorder is valid grounds for divorce (note: I was never any threat to my ex- wife, including a statement saying so from the Navy psychs who did the diagnosis, which were disallowed on the grounds they were not Florida-licensed doctors).

I unfortunately know of several people who ended their marriages based on mental illness. The last was a supervisor at an HR job I had. After my big breakdown and bipolar diagnosis, I noticed that she suddenly started treating me like shit. Turns out it was because she saw my FMLA paperwork with mental craziness on it. Turns out her recent divorce was because her husband was MDD and he'd just lost his job due to missed work. So she was supportive enough to divorce him, calling him dead weight. Turns out the reason she started hating me was because I was reminding get a bit too much of the ex.

I'm lucky in that way I guess... My husband (who is also on meds for severe anxiety) has put up with so much from my bipolar behavior. We have been together since high school (I am 31 now) and he's seen ALL my ups and downs and seen me go through many different meds... and still seems to love me unconditionally. It's really, really sad that you were not allowed to see your son anymore... My husband and I have always talked about adoption (if and when we get our own shit together) but I don't know if they let crazy people adopt. (Even though we are crazy I know we'd be really good parents, we've both taken care of a lot of kids). But if you were no threat to them, there is no reason they should have taken that right away from you. It can screw with a child's mind quite substantially to have one of their parents taken away from them.

I think you misunderstood the quotation above. I have a happy marriage (18 years in three weeks) and I'm actually the primary caregiver because I don't work and hubby can have long hours at times.

If you meant to talk to the person I was quoting, look for their post and quote them so they know you are talking to them.

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I have had a little to drink, so I will ask a possibly controversial topic. Does anyone simply stay on their meds because their doctor, their family, their spouse, etc. wants them to, rather than one's self feeling any actual satisfaction and progress with the meds one is one. This question really only pertains to those who have been on MANY MANY meds and have nearly given up on their options?

That is how I feel right now and I am concerned, as I am only 22.

EDIT: I made a grammatical error.

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I can't figure out if you are an insulting ass, or a whiny baby who just does as he's told. Perhaps you are questioning your own motives rather than ours.

If, in fact, you are a giant asshole, you obviously don't read any of our posts. I myself just write a blog posting about talking to my pdoc next week about possibly removing/switching by zyprexa for various reasons.

And I know I'm not alone. If you think we are just some sheep just nodding in agreement with what our doctors/families/friends want, then maybe CB isn't the right fit for you and you should move on.

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Well, what did you expect us to say? That we just follow doctor's orders for 5, 10, or more years with no input by ourselves? It really was an idiotic and tasteless post.

If you want to fit in, try treating us like equals (not subservients) that just might know something helpful that you didn't know.

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If that is your intention, you have the worst written communication skills I've seen in a long time.

Of course, you have caught me on my most irritable and aggitated day I've had in a long time.

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... I will ask a possibly controversial topic. Does anyone simply stay on their meds because their doctor, their family, their spouse, etc. wants them to, rather than one's self feeling any actual satisfaction and progress with the meds one is one. This question really only pertains to those who have been on MANY MANY meds and have nearly given up on their options?

That is how I feel right now and I am concerned, as I am only 22.

I understand the place you're at right now, and yes, I've done the same for a stretch of time because there was no obviously better course of action. Just keep moving on. You're only 22. I know it's obvious, but if you're so stuck with your current doctor and his or her care, wouldn't it be an option to look elsewhere. I've make that choice for the better in my past (I'm in my 40's).

Good luck.

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"Or going on about how pot or meth does the trick, so much better than the EVIL MEDS"

Your rant makes a lot of sense and I agree with a lot of it, but I feel like it is my responsibility as someone educated on the subject to let you know that meth and pot should not be put in the same category. There has been extensive research done in the last decade in California where marijuana is legal for medicinal purposes and they have found that certain strains are actually very helpful with anxiety, depression, mania, etc. Sure, a lot more research still needs to be done, but they do know that it is far less harmful than the meds most of us take every day. The problem with people smoking illegal weed is that there are often dangerous pesticides, etc that can further complicate health, plus you don't know what strain you are getting. A sativa strain could really aggravate manic symptoms, where an indica could help just as much or if not more than a benzo.

Anyway, just my two cents.

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