Free from meds?

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sirwilliam
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   Posted 4/15/2007 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Can bp folks free themselves from meds and control his or her manic egos naturally? I've witnessed the problems modern drugs can do to ones body over time and I find it scary. Can, in time, the body bio change and find oneself healed without the meds? Any stories about vits, exercise, or eating veggies lead to a healthy psycho?
Drug free world? Say no to drugs?

SnowyLynne
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   Posted 4/16/2007 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
No.
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gaz
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   Posted 4/16/2007 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
hi sirwilliam good question ive been on meds for over 15 years since i was 15 been on lots of different combonations at the moment ive taking lithium for 15 years lamical over several years serquel since christmas reduced lithium form 1200mg down to 0mg over 2 months serquel down from 400mg to 200mg.  i only take it now and again as a excellent sleeping tablet although it was perscribed as a mood stablizer lamical been taking 400mg now down to 300mg my aim is to be med free for the first time in 15 years ive had a few problems but nothing major my doc does not agree because i have frequent relapses of long depression with the odd manic episode had one before christmas so as my doc says coming of the lithium and if i go high i could have a major manic episode one thing about coming of lithium it has a high relapse rate but because i am already depresed shoudnt matter but so people nee meds its up to you but i think i can survivre med free good luck most people will tell you that you have to take meds for life i dont agree.good luck let me know how you get on   

APG
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   Posted 4/18/2007 8:37 AM (GMT -7)   
 
THis is my opinion.
A bipolar person can no more cure himself naturally than a cancer patient can or a deaf man or a person with kidney failure.
 
This is a serious disorder that requires serious medical help.  The consequences of going without treatment can be dire.  My husband would be murderous or suicidal or both. Other folks might simply use excessively poor judgment and ruin themselves financially or socially.

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   Posted 4/19/2007 10:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I'd have to agree with APG , my meds have changed my life.

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k-man31
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   Posted 4/20/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Why the resistance I wonder? If you had a headache you would take Tylenol without batting an eyelash. Without the drugs, my mind is broken and I can not function.

I remember in 94 or 95 not wanting to admit that there was something seriously wrong with me that would warrant being on meds for the rest of my life. That's a hard thing to accept.

If they developed a procedure to cure this I would take it in a second, I really hate this disease.

A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 4/22/2007 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I think what sirWilliam is getting at is not the refusal aka "resistance", he's just open to the idea that maybe there's another option. Long term effects scare me too as does the dependancy. And with ALL the good folks out there in HealingWell-land it's interesting/informative to throw the question on the table just in case. I too will always wonder about this as I shovel meds down my son's throat. Meds that take FOREVER to kick-in and have the possibility of side effects too.

Maybe the day will come...

A.F.MomDiane
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   Posted 4/22/2007 12:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Never say never!!

M.Mike S., I sure do hope you respond to this!!!

sirwilliam
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   Posted 4/22/2007 10:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. If experts find a cure, the drug companies would lose millions. Drug companies would never let a cure be known. Thats why I think bp folks, some, not all, should weigh the possibility. Crazy idea?

Oldrocker
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   Posted 4/23/2007 7:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried it, my condition worsened to the point of complete full blown mania. I sold my business and then pretty much participated in no social activities. I am now back on  meds and can say I will probably never try to go without again. My life was pure hell for 18 months. I am now stabilized and am in the process of buying my business back. Tom


gaz
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   Posted 4/29/2007 4:58 PM (GMT -7)   
posted earliar said i was going to try and be med free well been of lithium a few days and bang went from feeling not bad to suffering a mixed episode now in a mess got to see emergancy doc try to sort out this mess can
you go med free i said yes before in my case absoluty not learning the hard way.stay on meds.

acaisha
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   Posted 5/1/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I just joined this forum but I know speaking from my experience that I successfully went from 150mg's of Seroquil to barely 25 which I take only to sleep and if I don't take it I get horribly itchy (not sure why the later) I still have times I am manic, which has always been more of a problem then being depressed but I just for the record I have never had a major manic episode so my case might be different then some. I was always on the lowest dose i could manage and have always told myself I would not stay on it forever that I would learn to manage my own disorder. Just my 2 cents... but the point is some want to tell you no you can never get off.. and others want to say you can... I think its up to the person to decide what works for them.. to put your mind to it. I have known people who had cancer and decided not to take treatments or people with HIV etc. Taking medications is a choice but you CAN live a good quality of life without them in a lot of cases. I honestly think the trick is learning your own illness and what works for you.

someday23
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   Posted 5/7/2007 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have really tried. I went off depakote in April of 2005 and in August of 2005 had a pretty bad manic episode. I stopped eating (no interest in food, and for some reason it didn't occur to me at all to eat) and was unable to slow myself down enough to sleep. I did fine for those three months though and was glad to lose some of the weight. ( which I have now since gained back thanks to being back on it.... eyes )
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