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Anti-psychotic meds

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Ainsworth

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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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maudikie

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If you are happy with them and you coope well, then that is fine. But there are many do not.
 
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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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maudikie

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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
 
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Hi, I'm on Abilify for bi-polar disorder. I showed some psychotic symptoms such as hearing voices or the freaky premonitions I was getting on a regular basis. Abilify has helped me and I no longer have the horrendous nightmares that I did. The only problem I have is being very restlesss and fidgety but I tolerate that as I felt the positive effects outweighed the minor side effects. People around me noticed changes in me within 3 weeks or so. I did make sure I questioned the mental health doc about why I should take the meds and possible side effects, I also researched effects online before taking it. I tried getting by without meds for years and my bi-polar disorder nearly ruined my life and created a hectic and self-destructive lifestyle. I am starting to feel more part of the human race now.
 
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maudikie

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Perhpas depression is different to schizphrenia, I know that re-think have been campagning to alter this, but whatever you call it, madness, changed to deenmtial [ppraecox, xhanged to schizophrenia, but the illness hasn't changed. It is the media who have reported cases that have gone wrong or not been diagnosed, and the patient has become viiolent/or. The statistics show that there is more violence in the general puvlic than in cses of schizophrenia. My relative has never been stigmatised and isaan extrovert. Some probably those who are introverts self neglect more, and there is an dreadful case reported o www.schizophreniawatch.co..uk where it has been impossible for the genuine enquirer to get an answer as to who was reponsible for his neglect. I am glad you coope so well, and have a great deal of sympathy with your downs. It must be to say the least very miserable. The trouble is that there are too many people who are feeling what I call fed up
 
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