Re: feeling good on meds.... but will i ever be able to come off of them?
To answer your question, it is possible to come off meds and function. I am bi-polar, (I had childhood bipolar... I have been this way my entire life) and my parents really helped me by getting me into therapy at a young age. Unlike some, I delt with finding out I was bioplar during my childhood years instead of my young adulthood...which I think was in some ways easier. I did about 10 years of therapy from age 8 to 18, some of it productive, some of it not, and about a billion different psychotropic drugs... I was on lithium, depakote and prozac for the longest... and I too was starting to fell alot better. However after 10 years I was considerably tired of taking a cocktail of meds twice a day everyday...and began to ask myself the same question...will I ever be able to function by myself? So I went of my medication... and at first it was rocky... but it has been two and a half years now and I am living happy, no medication attached. Thats not to say that I don't deperatly have to work for my sanity. I do. But I truly beileve it's the psychotherapy that makes all the difference. Medicine can very helpful... and some people do need it for the rest of their lives, no doubt about it...but there is also good chance that you wouldn't be one of them. It's all hard work...you have to get to the point where you look at your depression in a whole other light. You have to learn to be your own best friend and confidant... your own councelor. You also need a support system that will let you know if you are spinning out of control... and be able to support you during the bad times. I am lucky to have all of those things at this point in my life. But - If the meds work... I would say take them and use the time you have to find productive ways of dealing with your emotions... if you go off your meds, the things you have worked on will follow you.
I hope this helps -
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