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Friends don't let friends self-medicate


Did you ever just want to KILL SOMEONE for doing something stupid - like, oh, I don't know, GO OFF THEIR MEDS. Sorry, pal, but "I want to find out who the real me is" is the ABSOLUTE WORST REASON EVER to self-diagnose and self-medicate. These meds aren't working? Fine - find new ones. There's a ton out there. Still want off of 'em? At the very least, how about consulting your freakin' doctor you moron? Yes, we know you don't feel like you used to, but guess what? That also means you're not a fucking LUNATIC anymore!

OMG.

Some people deserve to be taken out of the gene pool for these stupid reasons alone.

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revkellyshannon
Nov. 6th, 2007 07:59 pm (UTC)
Self-medicating.
There is something to be said to stopping meds that do not help. I have done so but I had only been on them for a few months and known that I really didn't like the person they created. Unfeeling and mean not good for the Kelly. I think I changed in general after using them. One type never even got processed by my body.
On the other hand my step-mother who has been on anti-depressants for many years had ran out of $$ for drugs. She started to loose her eyesight from not being on them and other physical ailments happened as well. Which says to me these drugs can make you dependent as well. She knows she needs them and has tried not to allowed herself to run out again.

I do understand stopping them but you are correct it see the Doctor 1st. I was lucky and could have some very adverse reactions.
There are herbal ways to treat as well but I would advise someone to speak with a herbalist 1st.
esprix
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
Re: Self-medicating.
In this particular case, the meds were DEFINITELY HELPING, but because he isn't feeling the "highs" (which also means he's not feeling the lows, manicness, and alienating behavior, to name but a few), he's decided it's not "the true him," so, without consulting any medical professional, he's decided to take himself off his meds. And, oh, wow, gosh and by golly, he's starting to get irritable and depressed - BUT HE'S STILL GOING OFF THEM ANYWAY.
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esprix
Nov. 8th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Re: Self-medicating.
Sounds like my friend, too - when he's off his meds he's just crazy, all over the place, can't focus, quick to anger, completely unpredictable. When he's on his meds he's more like, oh, I don't know, a real and mostly likeable person.

So, of course, he's going of them. Makes sense, right?
defenestr8or
Nov. 6th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
I haven't had a car accident in years, so I'm not driving with my seatbelt on, anymore.
esprix
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Wait, did I just hit my head on the steering wheel? Oh, well - at least I'm feeling something, right?
jezebelleinhell
Nov. 6th, 2007 11:02 pm (UTC)
I took my meds today I SWEAR!
esprix
Nov. 7th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
Good. :)
igosm
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
Me too.
I'm good.
schnuder
Nov. 7th, 2007 04:01 am (UTC)
I agree.
felis_ultharus
Nov. 7th, 2007 10:53 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but I'm not sure I can agree. I'd estimate that about half my friends-in-real-life have been on anti-depressants, and it hasn't helped a one of them. Usually they don't get their lives started until the drug wears off (one friend became suicidal when that happened) or they run out of money.

A friend of mine on anti-depressants is a brutally dysfunctional relationship, of the sort he wouldn't have put up with if he weren't on medications.

I also know how eager psychiatrists are to shove the stuff onto people. I had to storm out of a psychiatrists office because she was furious I wouldn't accept her five-minute, based-on-a-ten-question-survey diagnose of depression, in need of medication -- and this was a pre-requisite for personal counselling. I used my writing to pull myself out.

As for "finding out the real me," I think it's a pretty good reason. It's also especially necessary in the artistic professions, which often need these conditions and help them better than drugs can -- I take the edge off my manicness with meditation now, and ease the lows with writing, but find that both aid my work.

I don't rule out psychiatric drugs entirely -- schizophrenics, for example, who've crossed the line between "different interpretation of reality" to "different reality, period." A close friend of mine destroyed his life, pretty much, because he wouldn't medicate.

But, overall, I think we're medicating human diversity. I think our whole culture needs to have a dialogue on what constitutes a "disease to be cured," and what's simply part of the range of human life.
esprix
Nov. 7th, 2007 01:27 pm (UTC)
If you knew this particular individual, you would understand how amazingly stupid and asinine he's being. His life was, indeed, FAR better on medication. And if this wasn't the right medication, fine - find one that works better. But he's INSANE BATSHIT CRAZY - that's his "real me." You have no idea. Read my post after this one for his amazing insights, and how he's irritable when he's "the real me" and yells at his co-workers.

And even if he wants off the drugs, fine - but you can't do it by yourself! He needs to talk to his psychiatrist about how to do it. Self-medicating, in this instance, is a BAD IDEA.
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