Trading intelligence for happyness (rant)

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manic depressive
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   Posted 9/9/2007 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here thought of quitting their meds and just living with bipolar depression?
Im now taking 25mg of lamictal and pretty depressed yet my intelligence is coming back! :-) (via increased neuroplasticity). By inhibiting glutamate the ability to retain new informatoin is greatly comprimized since this neurotransmitter is so vital for these processes. I plan to eventually to swap out my mind altering meds for a few antioxidents that clease the brain of free radicals and protect against minor mania neuron damage.
(Also, screw antihistamines)

Ellie 1
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   Posted 9/9/2007 10:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I've gone decades at a time without meds. Sometimes I was okay and sometimes I wasn't. The problem was, there was no way to predict when I would need meds and when I wouldn't so when I got sick, I ended up VERY sick, and made some very bad decisions and did some things that were totally out of character for me.
I don't feel that my meds affect my intelligence. I guess it's just a personal thing. I need my sanity and if it leaves me a little slow, well I guess in the end, it's a good trade. I have kids and just cant take the chance of getting sick again.
Taking meds is a very personal decision, and in the end you have to do what you think is best. Good luck to you, I hope it all works out.
Good judgement comes from experience and alot of that comes from bad judgement.
You just have to accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. 

olivia of course
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   Posted 9/9/2007 11:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm with Ellie, it really is a personal decision whether to take meds or not. I have gone without meds and ended up in a rut that I never thought I would get out of but I did. I know it is rough for me not to take meds. I don't always like the way I feel on them, but for right now I am gonna stick it out.

I do feel a little slower since being on meds, but without them I will barelly be functional. But when it really comes down to it, it is up to you. Do you want to stay on meds or not, it is up to you to come to that decision. Best wishes, on whatever you choose.
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   Posted 9/10/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi  i play games with my meications also, sometimes i get so hyper that i forget to take my medication.There are chances you take when you are manic a loose with yoiur meds and sometimes you do things that are risky.  i always write letters as a way of keeping a journal then i throw them away  after i read them and then i realize the pain and suffering i was going through with my manic behaviour. I always tell myself to be brave and  say what i really mean, rather bluntly. most of the time i feel on the defense but it is not wise to jump around with meds even more if you are a parent, that would be scary. you might want to talk to a crisis line and maybe even your dr. if you continue to fool around with your meds, you are talking to a person who has been there done that. i am visiting my mom and she let me get on this forum for awhile, nice to know i am not alone.
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