Taking Bipolar Medications Daily Doesn't Bother Me One Bit
Should taking bipolar medications bother me? Psychiatric medications, including bipolar medications, are at the center of many controversial debates. Many people feel as if taking bipolar medications daily means that they are completely dependent upon them, while others believe that medications are necessary for their bipolar disorder treatment.
In the beginning, I did not like taking medications, regardless of their purpose. I would barely take Tylenol or aspirin unless I absolutely needed it. However, as my illnesses progressed, I became desperate and open to the use of medication. I welcomed the positive changes that my bipolar medications offered once my doctor and I found the right ones.
Taking Bipolar Medication Pros And Cons
Over the years, I have met people who had begun questioning their dependency on bipolar medications. Many people start to believe that they no longer need their medications because they have been feeling better, or that they would like to begin a more natural approach with natural supplements, such as St. John's wort (What To Do If Someone With Bipolar Refuses Treatment). Every doctor will tell their patients that it is not wise to stop taking their medications as soon as they start to feel better, but the desire for a natural approach is certainly understandable. We all know of all of the negative side effects that bipolar and other psychiatric medications can have - such as dizziness, insomnia, headaches, and many others.
My Bipolar Medications Experience
I do not mind taking my bipolar medications every day, but this stance is not one that many others share, and I have found that the prescribing doctors and therapists usually take one side or the other. For example, my first psychiatrist would write a prescription for a new medication at the drop of a hat for any complaint or side effect, whereas my most recent doctor is very methodical and treats each individual symptom carefully with as few medications as possible. In my own personal treatment, I have found that my medications are essential and work very well when combined with my bipolar disorder therapy. I can definitely notice a significant difference when I forget to take them.
Recently, a friend told me that he does not want to wake up easier every morning only because his medication helps him do so. I do not view medications this way. I feel as if my medications do indeed help me, and while taking them along with my psychotherapy, I am able to wake up much easier while also working on my coping strategies and thought processes. Treatment for bipolar disorder is a lifelong task, a lifestyle that needs to be maintained, and by always keeping this in mind, I am able to take my bipolar medications every day without being bothered.
What do you think? Do you mind taking your bipolar medications daily, or do you find them unnecessary and a burden?
Poe, A. (2013, June 18). Taking Bipolar Medications Daily Doesn't Bother Me One Bit, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/bipolarvida/2013/06/taking-bipolar-medications-daily-doesnt-bother-me-one-bit-should-it
Author: Alexa Poe
That's why I stopped taking Prozac & was only prescribed seraquil for 'as needed'. Which would just put me to sleep, and I didn't mind.
I suppose I've gotten used to my routine & im very aware of it...I just get tired & that's when I begin to consider medication. It's the worst & the best.
I was so resistant that I waited until the pain became so unbearable that the only alternative to medication I saw was to end my life.
Obviously that didn't happen, and I'm still here. It took a while, but now I'm on the right combination of medications and have learned a lot about life through therapy.
I'm very thankful for the medications, for they have made me feel "normal" again.
That means taking medications, changing them when necessary, voluntary admissions to hospital, taking diagnostic tests & procedures, meeting for group therapy, individual therapy, registering with a disability at the university, calling crisis lines, and even confining myself to my bed if I think I cannot be safe.
I remember my first discussion about taking psychiatric medication with a counsellor in 2008. As a psychology student, I thought I knew enough to navigate the intricate landscape of mental illness. She asked me what my thoughts were. I said medication has its time and place. She responded, "isn't NOW the time and place?" while that specific medication did not work with me, it was a pivotal moment in my life.
I hope you're well!