A section where I take one topic and hit it from two different bipolar perspectives. This is the place where we encourage you to join in on the conversation, share your experience, and let us know where YOU stand.
MINDTRIP CROSSFIRE: BIPOLAR EDITION #2 ON MEDICATION–Contributors: Nicole Lyons & Dori Owen
I Consider Stopping My Meds On A Daily Basis
Confession: I’ve jumped off of my meds a few times now, and would NEVER recommend this to anyone. Not only is it completely dangerous, it caused me to have a seizure, but it is also very careless. I understand that sometimes when we start to feel better, we think, hey maybe I don’t need these meds…yeah, no.
More often than not, I bet the thing that has you considering stopping your meds are the dreaded and horrific side effects that we sometimes must endure. Here, take a pill to combat the effects of that other pill. I get it, I do. I hate being reliant on medication, it’s something that I battle all the time.
I have found a balance. In the Spring, after my initial hypo spell, yes it happens every year like clockwork, we taper down on my meds. It works for me. I get to experience what it’s like to feel more like myself. This works for me. My “cocktail” is still not perfect, who knows if it ever will be, but there are always two big changes a year, and they both occur at daylight savings. I would love to one day live med free, I know people who can do this, and do it well. I envy and admire those people. I’m not there yet and I don’t know if I ever will be. But, you can bet your ass, I wish I was.
I’d Never Stop My Meds
Yes, yes, yes. I hear how great you are managing your bipolar these days since you decided to stop taking your meds.
Bipolar Meds vs. No Meds is a futile debate in my opinion. I lived for years on a roller coaster with spikes of uncontrollable mania punctuating long periods of debilitating depressions.
At first, I wasn’t even aware that I had a mental illness. I had come to accept my personal chaos as my norm. But a psychotic episode leading to an unexpected vacation in The Pajama Hilton brought me a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. A gift with purchase became the option of meds which eventually let stability find me. And I won’t let go.
We all make our own decisions on whether to med or not to med this illness based on our experiences. Whichever works for you―great. But, please. Don’t pitch me. My hell. My choice.
What are YOUR thoughts on this? Hit us up in the comments and let us know how you manage. Meds or no meds? What works for you?