I was feeling better so I quit taking my meds. So how come I’m back here in the hospital? That makes no sense.

I was feeling better so I quit taking my meds.  So how come I’m back here in the hospital? That makes no sense.

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This is going to be hard to read, and harder to comprehend and deal with, but when you have bipolar (or pretty much any mental illness) you will more than likely have to take medications for the rest of your life… Bipolar is a life long illness that  you will have to learn to deal with… I know this isn’t what you wanted to hear, and I’m very sorry, but it’s the truth… I’m sure there have been times when people have learned to control their mood swings and resulting symptoms with out medication, and good for them!!! But it’s not easy…

I once decided to go without any medication (mostly because I didn’t think it was working, anyway…) When I went off it, I noticed an immediate difference… My moods where a lot less manageable and boy, was I messed up!!! After only about 2 weeks off my meds, I knew I had to be on them… Once I was medicated again, I was better able to control my thoughts and actions…

Sure, it’s no fun being on medicine-having to take pills day in and day out, deal with the side-effects, and even remembering to take them on a regular schedule… It’s better in the long run to take your meds… If you feel better, great!!! They’re doing their job and you should stick to it!!! You will feel so much better!!!

Over time, your body may adjust to these medicines and build up some kind of tolerance, and you will have to change them, and that’s ok… There are a lot of different kinds of combinations to try… Just don’t give up!!!

Taking your meds is very important… They will help you function in everyday life… I know it really stinks, but you need medicine to help you, and you probably always will… I’m sorry…

3 thoughts on “I was feeling better so I quit taking my meds. So how come I’m back here in the hospital? That makes no sense.

  1. I think that as soon as you can get the medication under control and take it regularly, you can keep the diagnosis in it’s place, so to speak. I am not only bipolar, it doesn’t define me. BUT, if I stop taking medication it has a more prominent place in my life than it warrants. I try to think of it like it diabetes. If I had that, the result of not taking medication would be physical disaster. I wish you the best.

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