Anti-psychotic meds

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A few people have told me that they have refused anti-psychotic medication, and I was just wondering why? Is there something wrong with it? I have never refused any meds, and have always taken what I was told to take.. I'm on Risperidone nightly.

Just wondering. So far I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder/depression/obsessional thoughts and anxiety, but last week my psych told me I was showing symptoms of a psychosis.

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i was offered the same drug for my voices but i refused, i dont even want to take anti-d let alone a AP.
 
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But why? If you don't mind me asking, of course. I'm so curious. Why don't people want something that might help? Is it the risk of side effects?
 
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I have been on respiridone for my voices, I now take abilify but would like to come off them - I don;t experience any bad side effects on abilify but I was totally numbed out on respiridone and insisted to come off it.

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But why? If you don't mind me asking, of course. I'm so curious. Why don't people want something that might help? Is it the risk of side effects?
ive had voices since i was 8 years old, why would i want to take a drug, especially an AP for the rest of my life?
 
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I think if I were hearing voices (note that I haven't ever, so I realise I don't know what that's like) but if they were bad enough I would probably take the drug, I think. I'm ok with being on meds for life, the way I see it, it would just be like having to inject insulin for life if you were a diabetic. Why do you say, 'especially an AP'? Is there something about AP's that are worse than other meds?

Sorry if this all sounds silly, I'm just having a hard time understanding.
 
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Just wondering. So far I have been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder/depression/obsessional thoughts and anxiety, but last week my psych told me I was showing symptoms of a psychosis.
You take all the drugs & your on an anti-psychotic - But your Doctor thinks that your psychotic??? How well have all these drugs cured you of your ailments???
 
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They haven't cured me but I seemed to have calmed down since going on the Risperidone. At least it made it easier to sleep. I just never really questioned it. Probably should have done. So is it because they just don't work for you, that you don't take them? Or is the principle of it, that you don't want to be on drugs? We will be discussing the meds next time I go to the psych anyway, because of this fact, that they don't seem to be working, but I would be willing to try something different. But then would I? Maybe I should try coming off all meds. That's why I was asking really, so I could try to make a decision. I'm musing.

I suppose in an ideal world I wouldn't take any meds, I would be mentally balanced and stable and healthy and happy and at peace with myself naturally.

Sorry this is beginning to stress me out a bit. Please don't think I'm rude if I don't reply again. It's just one of those things where I don't know what I believe and then I think I do and then it turns out I don't and I don't really know what to do *bangs head against wall*
Thanks for all your replies.
 
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Maybe I'm not really psychotic. How can I be, if I'm on anti-psychotics?
 
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Maybe I'm not really psychotic. How can I be, if I'm on anti-psychotics?
you could well be psychotic the problem is when they up the drugs to take care of it. ask your psych to define psychotic to you and how he feels you are experiencing it.
 
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Your list of problems seem not to be psychotic there. Depression can sometimes make people have psychotic symptoms. It all depends on whether the psychotic symptoms are bothering you or not. I take an antipsychotic because without it I become very ill quite quickly and I decided to take them. Some on here do not agree with them, but just as many take them. There are side effects to all medications, and that includes these meds. Its a risk assessment you have to make. We make risk assessments every day all the time. Are you more ill and more at risk if you don't take them or not. A long talk with your pdoc might help you clarify this. xx
 
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I take abilify and become acutely psychotic if I stop taking it. I recommend you try it, its called an anti-psychotic but covers a range of illness including biopolar etc. Just don't let anyone make you take olanzapine, it will sedate you and you will put on loads of weight.
 
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Thanks, that was actually really helpful :)

I'm going on holiday this week when I get back I'm going to book in a session with the doc to discuss meds.

For now, I'm going to try and relax and enjoy the sun.....
 
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It is unfortnate that one medication does not suit all. It is the job of the psychiatrist to find out which one suits you best, and then it is important that you continue to take them. If you don't take them it is possible or probable that y our previous state will rturn. Some patients will ot accept that they have an illness(called lack of insight) and that is one reason for them to refuse the medication. Some people don't liking pills, although to me it seems that if they make you feel better, and manage your life better it is foolish not to take tem.
 
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Olanzapine works well for my son, so you should take the advice of your pdoc about this. Mental illness is very complex and what medication suits one doesn't suit another.
 
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It is unfortnate that one medication does not suit all. It is the job of the psychiatrist to find out which one suits you best, and then it is important that you continue to take them. If you don't take them it is possible or probable that y our previous state will rturn. Some patients will ot accept that they have an illness(called lack of insight) and that is one reason for them to refuse the medication. Some people don't liking pills, although to me it seems that if they make you feel better, and manage your life better it is foolish not to take tem.
why is it foolish not to take a drug? i refused an AP, i dont act on my voices. ive had them for 30 years without treatment and never did anything apart from freak out when i was a kid. as an adult they are there and come and go depending on my stablility. i dont think im wrong not to take them and wouldnt tell anyone else they should or shouldnt.
 
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Some patients will ot accept that they have an illness(called lack of insight)
Er....I take a bit of exception to this......I don't take meds, I have never taken an AP, I hallucinate and I hear voices, and most of the health practitioners I see agree that I am one of the most insightful persons ( not patients, I am not one of those either) they know.......look around at my posts, do I seem lacking in insight.

I don't have an illness, I suffer a dregree of mental distress that has been labelled by society in a certain way. This label helps them more than it helps me. I do use it as a sort of shorthand, especially on the forum, but I do not think of myself as a patient and in fact I strongly object to mental distress being pathologised......

Many of us like unremarkable have managed and coped without meds.....I have recently coped with one of the worst downs I have had in ten years without once taking meds.......why would I do so if they would make my life easier. Did no one ever read the little slips of paper in the boxes of medication?
 
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You are one of the fortunate ones. Others may need the medication as they are very troubled by their symptoms not all hear voices. it depends on which part of the brain is affected. But thanks for your message. Keep well.
 
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Hey Complex case

I am on anti psychotics because my voices were utterly destructive and I nearly killed myself on their orders, plus a lot of SH they told me I had to do to save the family from death etc etc. For me they worked, but they do have side effects and can have long term problems with them. I would say to you, educate yourself and ask why you are on them, do they make life better or worse for you, do you feel you need them. I agree with unremarkable, ask your pdoc why you are on them and what he hopes to achieve from you being on them. Never be afraid to question all this yourself, and make your own mind up. Its your body and mind, not the pdocs. I know others hate them and fear them. That is their perogative and maybe right for them. I have decided that at the moment I need them. In future I may feel differently.

Take Care xx