So glad to hear you are doing well. I remember when you decided to go off meds, I have been there and I know that sometimes we just know that it is the right thing to do. Not everyone is that fortunate. I too believe that mood disorders are way over diagnosed and that the meds do not meet the needs of everyone. I manage through diet, exercise, vitamins and I have been better the last few months than I have in years. Like you said, I still have my ups and downs but I can deal with it now. The meds made me unable to cope with anything, as well as unhealthy and over weight. Now 27 lbs lighter, back to my original healthy weight, I am glad that I went through the weeks of heck to get where I am now. Stopping alcohol/caffeine was the best choice I have made in a long time.
"Victim to an illness drama" ? Nicely put!
I hope you continue to do well.
Standing in your shoes,