Originally Posted by CarenR
lately I have noticed some on this site not taking bipolar medications to treat their illness and it s symthoms.....so
How important is taking medications?
I take zyprexa everyday and my moods are stable.
I know several people with BPII who do not take meds and are doing well with therapy only.
As Seaturtle said, each person is different and what works for one person may not work for another.
In my case, not being on meds is not an option. I stopped taking my meds for a week during a manic episode because I felt on top of the world and as if I no longer needed them. It wasn't long before my voices, delusions and paranoia returned. Once I resumed my meds, I was back to feeling level.
The second time I stopped taking meds was several weeks ago when manic. I was extremely irritable and the thought of having to take a Klonopin to control my anger made me want to take all of my meds and throw them out the window. As a result, I spent the entire night in an extremely agitated state and it was entirely my fault. The next morning I changed my mind and decided to take my meds. By the next day, I felt fine and vowed to be 100% med-compliant from now on.
Whenever I find myself wondering whether or not I need meds, I think back to both of these episodes as well as the manic/psychotic episode I had in 2006. Each of these experiences is enough to remind me that when I'm off of my meds, I'm a person I do not like. When I'm on meds, I'm closer to the person I used to be before I was diagnosed with bipolar.