- Jan 12, 2020
- United kingdom
Has anyone had experiences of stopping anti pyschotics, how long does it take for symptoms to return and is it possible to stay symptom free?
Hi thanks for replying, I am asking for a loved one who hasn’t yet accepted he is ill! The symptoms were extreme paranoia, strange behaviour, anxiety and paranoid delusions that have completely ruined lives!That's a really tough question and there's no 'one size fits all' answer to it, everybody is different.
I've known people to be on anti-psychotics for a year only to come off then relapse a few months later.
But other times I've known people to come off them after six months and be perfectly fine after that.
It's the same with the effects, for me they only reduce the volume of my voice by around 95% letting me focus and concentrate better but for a lucky few their voices stop completely. Some unlucky people don't notice any effect at all.
May I ask what symptoms you had and for how long before you started taking anti-psychotics and what effect they had on those symptoms?
Thank you your advice, it’s a massive struggle and I am so worried as he seems fine at the moment but things have been so bad! I am his partner and we have young children but due to all this we have had to live apart due to his paranoid delusions! At the moment he seems okay and wants us to live together again but I know he plans on coming off meds so am worried sick as he won’t tell anyone when he plans to do this as he is so secretive. This has had a massive impact on our lives and and although I still love him I don’t want to put my children through anymore heartache!I'm not a doctor but six weeks is just long enough for the meds to start fully working so coming off them now may be a bad idea, he needs time to process the experience, learn from it and accept it which takes different amounts of time for each person and could take therapy to help him to do that. I have 10 sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist me and I also made a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) to help me identify any relapse and what to do if my mental health started slipping back into psychosis.
Denying that he was ever ill isn't a good sign.
Even with my awareness I'm too scared to come off my meds in fear that I'll have a third episode, I recovered from my first all on my own when I went into hospital for 9 days but for my second episode I needed meds. Plus I still have a voice in my head saying "one day, one day!" meaning he'll get revenge for me medicating him. I've been on meds for just over 3 years and 8 months.
Hello Habs, I am schizoaffective which is schizophrenia plus a mood disorder. The closest I came to being stabilized was in the hospital and that was with two antipsychotics. They put me down to one and when I came out I got the "same" medicine but it was not exactly the same and the symptoms came back in a day. I have been tried and taken off of different anti-psychotics and the effect of the drug usually comes off for the most part after one to two days.Hi thanks for replying, I am asking for a loved one who hasn’t yet accepted he is ill! The symptoms were extreme paranoia, strange behaviour, anxiety and paranoid delusions that have completely ruined lives!
He has been on meds for about 6 weeks and seems stable now without any paranoia. But I know he plans to stop very soon and keeps it very much to himself having instructed his mental health team to not have any communication with his family! So, we are in the dark and worried about symptoms coming back and what to look out for, will it be a gradual start of pyschosis all over again or will he be okay without meds? Any advice would be grateful, thank you!