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sick of my meds.
January 12, 2002
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I want to quit taking them, please help remind me why I need them. I skipped a few days and then started back up yesterday. I hate that I have to take them.

January 12, 2002
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Hey Gypsy,
I'm glad you started back up on them. I would never tell anyone that they need to take meds forever. Many mental health dx's can be overcome. Some people may need meds for a lifetime. I am certainly not a physician, just a clinical therapist and we all have our own issues.
What "IS" scary is that you can't always just go off of the meds "cold turkey". If you are on Depakote (valproic acid) and go off of it suddenly it could cause a seizure d/o and who wants that? Med holidays should only be done under a physicians care. If you don't want to be on a med, tell the Dr. and she/he will tell you a safe way to titrate (if he/she's ethical). The physican should also tell you the possible consequences of going off the meds too.
I'm just rereading your post and remember you are taking your meds to stabilize you, okay?
Good Luck Gypsy!
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January 12, 2002
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isnt Depakote used to treat seizure disorders? I don't get that they use it for DID. Is there even a Rx they use for DID? They tried to put me on risperdol but stopped taking that after the first week

January 13, 2002
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You can research everything on line, but the one thing that I know of for sure, is that what ever your taking most often you just can't stop, you need a slow taper to allow your body and mind time to catch up and adjust. I am real bad with Rx, don't like most of them, fear dependency not psychological, but physical, and wonder if we really need them or not,
even with things like for blood pressure, or diabetes. Just be careful.

January 13, 2002
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Gypsy,
Yes, Depakote is for seizure d/o's, but is now being used more for Bipolar D/O. From what I've seen, it doesn't seem effective, plus if you do go off it too fast, it could cause a seizure d/o when someone didn't have one in the 1st place. Risperdal is considered an antipsychotic and is used to prevent hallucinations and control anger. It's a milder version of the major tranquilizers. Most of the meds that are considered controlled substances (Valium, Xanax, Ativan) are not prescribed for long-term use anymore b/c of the addictive properties.

Blondie,
I don't think Wellbutrin or Seroquel are considered addictive. Wellbutrin is an antidepressant and Seroquel is considered a major tranquilizer, but yet one with much less side effects
(I think even less than Risperdal). I agree with you on Depakote, I have never taken it myself, but just what I've seen and heard. They base it on blood levels which is why some people are on a million mgs. of the stuff. Plus, with some people it metabolizes fast in the liver, may not be effective and what is that doing to the liver anyway? I think people need to have a liver function done b4 even takin' it and maybe every 6mos. afterward, I'm not sure.

January 13, 2002
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yeah if i don't take my meds i find myself ready to lash out at everybody it helps keep me at an even keal. gypsygirl you like the rest of us can't help it that we have either hormonal problems or a chemical imbalance just be thankful that there is something that can be done to keep us going.

January 13, 2002
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Hey - that sucks that you have to take meds and all..but here this will make you feel better - I'm only 15 and I'm on 2 inhailers for my asthma and 6 perscriptions...hope that made yuo feel better:) seriously

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January 13, 2002
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The last time I was put on my meds, I told them that I did not want to be emotionally dependant on my meds, they reasured me that The meds would help me to function in everyday life. Now I just feel like I have no reason to function in daily life. I am not working, I don't have any purpose really. I feel completely useless. My son is pretty damn independant. I feel more like a big sister than a mother. I can't even focus on my writing. I wanted so bad to go to school this semester, that didn't happen. I don't have cable. I have read everything of interest on the internet already. I can't go out and buy any more books, cause I have no money. My therapist wants me to spend three days this week without any guys. So there goes the sex that I don't really even want anymore anyway. My house is clean, almost. I just cant find any purpose for me lately.

January 14, 2002
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go to the library. Go sit in Barns and Noble, they don't charge, and don't seem to care if you read every book with your coffee. The no sex for a few days, could be insightful, so how does your garden grow ? Seeds only 10 cents at pick and save, or the 99 cent store.

January 14, 2002
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I hear you. I have no money. Can't find my purpose either.So I just make the days as best as I can.Gypsy you are not alone. Alot of people feel that way. But I know that doesn't count for much. You mention you have a son and he's independent! That's a good thing in itself!hehe (not trying to make lite of your pain) Can you still be his mother/friend? Maybe invite over for dinner? Or if he lives away maybe write letters or call? Is there someone you can think of in the same shape as you? Maybe invite them over and take your attention off of yourself alittle. It's hard I KNOW. BUT it does help pass the time and you feel useful afterwards. I've said this before, I have never even met you and I hear and feel your pain. I wish you the best Gypsy. I'm rooting for you.

January 14, 2002
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was up and dressed at 7:30 this morning, helped my sister with a favor, the son told me he hated me and was 20 minutes late to school because he refued to get dressed when it was time to, then had to take his time with breakfast.seventh time late to school this year. Spent the morning crusing the personals online, not with intentions of finding anyone. tried to read but couldn't. Not taking my meds today or yesterday. Feel Gypsy coming back, the rebel that she is. Having desires to take a road trip, know of a few guys who would jump at the chance for me to visit them and even pay for it. Pissed off that the damn medical people can't help me faster or with anything other than meds. Meds that don't even work anyway. Don't want to give up the others though. I am sick of being told that it is not "normal"

January 14, 2002
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I have killed every plant i have ever owned. I like the idea of planting things though.

January 14, 2002
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Ok, but did you do it on purpose ? har har har, I have killed quite a few my self, spent most of August and september working off frustration trying to make a garden, and damn, you should see the mess i have. Between the santa ana winds which whip through here at 50-80 mph, hot and dry, then the frost, its worse than a pitiful grave yard with twigs standing out of the dirt, my dog has done a number too, with his running about so its a project. I am going to plant some seeds and see what happens with those, of course they could be dead seeds that I am planting, har har har what do you want for a dime. Ok, so son is acting the way he is supposed to, resistant to conforming, but ..... this too shall pass. I have heard of parents threating to take the kids to school in their pj's if they don't move fast enough, humilation or the potential for humiliation can work.
I get your trying to find a guy to distract you, not a good thing my dear, plant something, organize son's clothes, get him his own alarm clock, make a schedule for him, and you-----so you don't have down time.

January 14, 2002
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I told him that I was gonna get him up a half an hour earlier from now on. I think I am gonna go to the bookstore today and hang out. (regular not adult) I am getting a headache so I am gonna take meds also.

January 16, 2002
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GYPSYGIRL

JUST CHECKING TO SEE HOW YOU ARE DOING TODAY?

January 16, 2002
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I am not

January 16, 2002
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gypsygirl:

oh sweetie talk to momma. what's wrong?

January 16, 2002
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momma, check out the other thread, in the pit. has more details

January 16, 2002
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LISTEN TO BLONDIE GF

January 16, 2002
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will take one at bed time I promise.

January 16, 2002
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GYPSYGIRL:
SEE WHAT I WROTE TO YOUR THREAD. LET ME HELP WHAT LITTLE I CAN.

January 16, 2002
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what is your email?

January 16, 2002
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K I found it and emailed you

January 17, 2002
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gypsygirl

hope you are better today things will be okay god won't let you down and neither will we

January 17, 2002
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I am feeling better today, a bit of cottonmouth from the meds but feeling better. I fel asleep at 8:30 or so.

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