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Anti-psychotic meds

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complexcase

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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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Ainsworth

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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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complexcase

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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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complexcase

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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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maudikie

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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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maudikie

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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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