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Old 08-25-2015, 07:02 AM #1
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While a lot of people want to understand what a specific medication may feel like for treatment, people also want to understand how to get off of medications when the time comes to do so.

Here are some helpful articles:

Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: What You Need to Know | Psych Central

Withdrawal from Psychiatric Meds Can Be Painful, Lengthy | World of Psychology

This new forum is a place to discuss this important issue, including topics about titration schedules, coping mechanisms for side effects, decreasing the side effects, etc.

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While a lot of people want to understand what a specific medication may feel like for treatment, people also want to understand how to get off of medications when the time comes to do so.

Here are some helpful articles:

Discontinuing Psychiatric Medications: What You Need to Know | Psych Central

Withdrawal from Psychiatric Meds Can Be Painful, Lengthy | World of Psychology

This new forum is a place to discuss this important issue, including topics about titration schedules, coping mechanisms for side effects, decreasing the side effects, etc.

Enjoy!

Best,
DocJohn
DocJohn, Do you believe that everyone can eventually get/should be off meds? Do psychologist believe that DXs like BiPolar & schizophrenia are medical conditions or strictly treatable with therapy ? I was just wondering. I always feel torn when I see forums like this because I think I shouldn't need
medication and should have handled my diagnosis years ago. Thank you
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I don't think generalizations are a good thing for anyone, so I would never make a blanket statement that says all people should get off of meds.

I think you need to re-evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment and recovery from time to time, and a part of that may be to decide -- in conjunction with your care provider -- that it's time to discontinue medications.

I've seen people with the diagnoses you mention get off of their meds and lead good lives, and I've seen others who've tried and it not work out so well. The key is to find what works best for you and to follow that.

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I do not want to start meds.
I am anti-floride and the *treatment* of generic prozac + generic paxil is hateful to cure rape with floride that causes suicide. Depressed suicidal raped patients should have a safe place to sleep or have insomminanightmares too or someone to comfort them the rapists are gone now;

but requiring I take extra floride because of my sickness (tooth punched out, torn sholder, twisted knee... etc)

to me, that is not human, it is ... mean.
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I want to repeat in a parrotlike way, "I am NOT anti-med, I am NOT anti-med..." BUT I am at this point anti-med for ME. In my body, they have way too many lasting side effects, not enough benefits (they DO offer some but not always), and they never seem to last long. Being partially treatment resistant and very med intolerant is a huge annoyance because of the "maybe one more try ... oh wait, no way!" dialogue you constantly have with yourself. Thanks for this thread.
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How does one know when it is time and which one to start tapering off of when i take 24 meds in all but only 13 psych meds. I don't even feel safe driving myself any further than maybe a couple miles alone. I feel if i were to get pulled over i'd go to jail for a dui for sure.
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Where is the right place to post a question about coping strategies when your pdoc states medically you can no longer take ap's?

I really would like some advice on coping, but didn't want to post in regular recovery area as the forum is not only for sz.
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Where is the right place to post a question about coping strategies when your pdoc states medically you can no longer take ap's?

I really would like some advice on coping, but didn't want to post in regular recovery area as the forum is not only for sz.
May I ask why you can medically no longer take AP's? Curious
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I don't think generalizations are a good thing for anyone, so I would never make a blanket statement that says all people should get off of meds.

I think you need to re-evaluate the effectiveness of your treatment and recovery from time to time, and a part of that may be to decide -- in conjunction with your care provider -- that it's time to discontinue medications.

I've seen people with the diagnoses you mention get off of their meds and lead good lives, and I've seen others who've tried and it not work out so well. The key is to find what works best for you and to follow that.

Best,
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Hi, Im hoping somebody will help me with my dilemma. This is regarding getting off psyche meds. I have been on them for 17 years. I hate them with a passion. The side affects are hurrendous, but they do help my depression and ADHD. I have been reading so much information about how harmfull they are that although I take them, it scares me. I believe they have done more harm than good. In 2000, after taking paxil for a year I developed a pituitary tumor, these drugs , especially paxil elevate your prolactin level, which leads to prolactenemia, thus a tumor develops. My psychiatrist refused to believe that paxil caused this problem. She does not want to admit she has been poisoning people. Overall though, she is good at combining meds and was not the doctor who originally prescribed paxil. My experience with them has not been good and I dont take paxil anymore on which in addition I gained 100lbs-horrible. The current drugs I'm on are better, but I still cannot loose weight. I usto be an aerobics instructor and personal trainer so I know its the drugs plus taking Concerta( extended release RITALIN) takes a toll on your adrenals which I know are shot from the psyche drugs. Considering everything I have been through, I feel trapped by the psychiatric industry and I know BIG PHARMA want us all to be on these drugs. I just don't know anymore if the benefits outweigh taking these poisons. The other problem that exists is the withdrawl, i have tried 6 times to get off these drugs without success. I cannot get off Viibryd because the withdrawl is to powerful and that's supposed to be the drug with the least amount of side affects. Here's the other concern: Not only my psychiatrist but my psychologist also believes I will be on these drugs for the rest of my life. Nevertheless, they could be wrong. Should I let them decide my fate? I have a stresfull job, so I am also concerned I will not be able to focus at work due to the ADHD if I get off the drugs. So basically its a risk and I don't know what to do? I hate taking them and I have no peace when I put that pill in my mouth. Any advice, comments would be appreciated.
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