And at some point you stop. You just stop. Maybe some of your symptoms are controlled but not others. Maybe your symptoms are only partially controlled. Maybe you’re just too tired to fill another prescription. I understand, really. And this stopping can persist for weeks, months or even years.
But the thing is, if you change nothing, then nothing will ever change.
To Live with It or Not to Live with It – That is the Question
When you get to this phase in your treatment, there is a question you need to ask yourself – can you live with your symptoms as they stand today?
Well, can you? If you stay with the same treatment, then your disorder is unlikely to change, so can you live like this forever? *
If you can, then you’re done, no more decisions need to be made. Congratulations. You can now walk off into the sunset.
However, if you’ve determined you can’t live like that, then you have to change something. You can’t just sit there and wait for a miracle.
Don’t Just “Accept the Suck”
And if you ask yourself and that question and realize that you can’t live the rest of your life the way you have been living it, then do something about it. Don’t just accept the suck. Life doesn’t have to suck. Trust me. I’ve been in the pit of treatment despair and it can get better. You deserve it to be better. Demand that it be better. Don’t settle for it not being better.
And even though treatment changes in and of themselves really suck, if you don’t try to change, then the way you’re living right now will never change either. You have to take the step. You have to be brave. You have to try something new, try something different.
* OK, to be fair, disorders do change spontaneously, but it’s hard to make decisions based on that. Of course, if your personal health history has shown a pattern of spontaneous changes, then you might want to wait it out.