Ya_Big_Tree, on 01 January 2014 - 11:28 AM, said:
Honestly if it works for you Mara, despite my beliefs and what the personally did to me and my long term health I think it's a good thing.
But you have to wonder, if it was the withdrawl symptoms from the medications that were making you feel worse than you actually are. I know they engineer this stuff in labs and don't know ALL the long term effects because they havent been tested and studied for 30+ years yet. Just something to ponder.
I personally couldn't stay on meds because the wrong ones threw me into mania or made me pass out. And the ones that stabilized my moods took HIGH tolls on my liver and heart rate and made my metabolism and thyroid shot to shit.
I can also say that going off meds when I did it was like drug withdrawl. I felt like my skin was crawling, I felt soooo terrible, depressed etc... and it dawned on me that ANYTHING that has that kind of hold on me isn't good for me. And that's when the seeking alternatives for controlling my bipolar cycles came.
Did you taper off your meds or quit cold turkey?
When I was in high school I was diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. For eight years I took a combination of an SSRI and a benzodiazepine, first Zoloft and Tranxene, then Lexapro and Xanax. Needless to say, such a potent combo helped my anxiety, but I realized that my mood had been "flatlined", no real highs or lows. I eventually decided to find out what my "normal" state of mind should be, so I quit cold turkey. I finished my meds and never returned to the psychiatrist for refills.
Withdrawal, which I suspect was from the Xanax and not the Lexapro, was horrible. Insomnia was a terrible problem for the first few weeks, my anxiety level shot through the roof, and to say I was irritable would have been an understatement. My sleep gradually improved, but it took 3 or 4 months before all of the symptoms subsided.
I realized that the meds were indeed a crutch, and that there were alternative methods to deal with my anxiety. There are obviously people who truly need psychiatric drugs to function normally, but I wasn't one of them.