I keep having "Discussions" with people, who believe my life span will,be severely reduced, by Psychotropic Drugs. My Brain is being destroyed, should go Holistic. The most recent article says,anyone taking Psychotropic Medication will die 25 years earlier than the general population. My response is that given my unbelievable atrocious behavior, having absolutely no fear of anything, carrying scalpels in my purse, I should have been dead years ago.
Since I research, until my Computer is exhausted. I have found that I, as a very severe, Rapid Cycling Bipolar One, would suffer major adverse Brain deterioration, without meds. The assaults to the Brain over time, would have significant ramifications over time. My Father was a brilliant man, extremely successful, incredibly Adventurous. Safaris, Deep Sea Fishing, traveled to every place in the world. However, he categorically refused to admit he was Bipolar. When I was diagnosed, he absolutely refused to believe it for years, even when presented with FACTS. As he aged, he got worse, when he was 80, he built a 10,000 sq ft home, for when the kids come home. We were all adults living all over the country. In his 70's I could clearly see the lack of judgement, impulsivity, rage. He would lay on the couch, watching TV, calling me 12 times a day. It was NOT Dementia, the out of control behavior, rage, getting into fights. Eventually, he was Catatonic, loss of memory, still enraged. He died a HORRIBLE death, which I won't go into here.
I PERSONALLY do not believe you can be a Bipolar like me and live without meds.
Is it possible to conquer Bipolar Disorder without meds ?
Go back to a good Psychiatrist, tell him or her what is going on. Ask for Medication, to see if it helps, then you will know. Don't expect instant results. Bipolars who make it, are tenacious, resilient and NEVER GIVE UP. I should know, I did it.
I am diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder as well as PTSD. You can always tell when I'm anxious, I break out in really awful bloody sores. I had surgery at MD Anderson Hospital (not cancer), blocked glands in my neck. I was so anxious, I was covered from head to toe in quarter sized bloody sores. They even quarantined me until they could biopsy the sores. The Biopsy showed that it was the worst kind of anxiety you can have Chronicus ? ?, Latin name I do not remember.
I have been on anti-depressants since I was in my teens and it NEVER helped my anxiety. I use breathing techniques and Benzos if I must.
DO NOT make the mistake I made !!! I love my Doctor and I was in the Medical Field so I had knowledge most people don't have.
I am an ATROCIOUS Bipolar, subsequently I had major manic episodes, I could not sleep for days, no matter what meds I took.Then I would crash and burn into horrific depressions. After taking every medication on the market, I was faced with Lithium or ECT. I chose Lithium, within 4 months it killed my Thyroid. Within eight months I arrived at the E/R DOA in total renal failure, with a Creatinin level of 9.0.I was completely housebound for more than 2 1/2 years. At certain points I've been on 20 meds a day. I was so catatonic, I did not feel the side effects, my speech was so slurred, people thought I was drunk. TAKE CONTROL, I MEAN IT !! Work with your Doctor, research, research all your meds. I was shocked at all the side effects I missed because I could not think or focus. We do not need all those meds. We think an anti-depressant is going to work in 5 weeks, it takes a lot longer. I have been there, I know how incredibly hard it is. Every time I felt weird, I took another pill. Finally, I lost ALL feeling in my hands, I could not hold a pen or a spoon or anything else. I was shaking so badly, you could see it across the room. I FINALLY told my Doctor, I was going to reduce meds and get rid of meds that were basically doing the same thing. I feel like someone TURNED ON THE LIGHTS !!! I have not felt this good in 25 years. I was a child Bipolar, which no one believed was possible. GOOD LUCK !! ALLISONView Thread
I don't know if you recall, I approached you with some WEIRD things going on, which I attributed to side effects.
I was on so much medication, I decided to research all of them. The two that stood out the most were Seroquel and Cymbalta, which I had been on for years. My hands were completely numb, I could not hold anything. I was also shaking so badly, internally and externally, you could see it across the room.
I went off the Cymbalta and dramatically reduced my Seroquel and all side effects are gone. I also went off other meds like Inderal, which I was taking for tremors.
I feel FANTASTIC !!! However, as we all know, caution is the word of the day.
I'm a rapid cycling Bipolar 1, I tried EVERYTHING with no success. It took a few years, when I was prescribed Seroquel, which did work. Like you, I tried all the anti-depressants as well, with no success. Finally, I was put on Cymbalta and it was great !!
I have been having extreme depression as well as the other issues.We did multiple blood tests, which came back normal. My Psychiatrist had a serious accident and was unavailable. I discussed it with my Internist and he believes I'm having a reaction to meds I've been on for years.
I have been doing really well for quite awhile and then crashed and burned. All I do is sleep, stay in bed and cannot function. The shaking and numb hands started before this.
My Internist and my Psychiatrist became very good friends. They worked together to save my life after I arrived DOA in total renal failure from lithium toxicity. My Creatinin level was 9.0 !! They discussed this horrible turn of events. Everyone says I'm cured, nothing has happened in years blah blah. I tell everyone you can NEVER trust Bipolar Disorder. I research and read so much, I know when something is wrong.
Even though my Psychiatrist was in the hospital, he agreed to lower the Seroquel and the shaking and numb hands got slightly better. However, I immediately got manic. I finally spoke to my Psychiatrist and we discussed taking me off Seroquel, which I've been on for about 12 years and Cymbalta which I have been on for about the same time. There is a new drug on the market which we are going to try. Right now, I'm weaning myself off the Cymbalta. I am so depressed I can barely type this, my hands are so numb, I can't feel the keys.
Let's hope things get better, I have not had a depression like this in 15 years.