And watching this happen, as a loved one,is extremely painful. First off, it’s important to know that refusing to take bipolar medication and possibly, someday, being off bipolar medication isn’t the same thing. Currently, there are legislative options that enforce treatment but I would like some other … Sexual dysfunction. Apparently every time a BP has an episode, we do damage to our brain. He had all the attributes of what I perceived as a good man. They are concerned that their bipolar medication will affect the fetus. This is not a very big side effect of bipolar medication; however, it is still a fear for some people, and a reason why they won't take their medication. It's essential to understand that his motivations for not taking medication are complex and important. If the person refuses to treat their bipolar disorder, listen and observe to try and understand why they refuse. However, I haven’t been taking my antidepressants. These people could also help those with bipolar work out whether the strategies they were using were working. Have you thought about online therapy? my mother has bi-polar disorder. Copyright © 2010–2021, The Conversation US, Inc. Bipolar disorder is a mood disorder characterized by … However, if things were getting bad, then they might instead stop trying to change their mood and just withdraw from their normal daily activities (and perhaps take time off work) until their mood settled. Forums Index > Mental Health Support > Bipolar Not taking meds: Reply: Page 2 of 3 < 1: 2: 3 > Thread Tools: Display Modes: 09-04-2016, 06:58 AM #11: Anonymous37883 Guest. A recent review also suggested that medication only helps a small proportion of those it is prescribed to. And lithium, a drug that NICE recommends as the “first-line, long-term pharmacological treatment for bipolar disorder” was found to benefit only about one in seven patients. The most important first step is to be honest about taking or not taking medications and to deal with it as just another challenge on the journey. They are afraid of the long-term effects of the medication. It was like this man was meant to be in my life. The excuses not to take their bipolar medication may be as varied as the people who are prescribed the medication. They feel that their friends, family, coworkers, and society in general are pressuring them not to take the medication. My mood is mixed and I’m frustrated to the point I’m self sabotaging especially with work. And, we also make it so that we might not respond to medication that has worked for us before. UK guidance for the treatment of bipolar disorder has an emphasis on medication. Pressure. They are not valid. They will say that their 12-Step Program forbids any chemicals from entering their body, even prescriptions. In the UK, lithium and the antipsychotic medicine aripiprazole are currently the only medicines that are officially approved for use in … It's not just the medication that does the hard work. To find out how people who stop taking medication manage, we conducted in-depth interviews with ten people with a bipolar diagnosis who had chosen to stop taking their medication for a period. Copyright 2010 BipolarCentral. This is often because of the common and severe and unpleasant side effects that drugs such as lithium and olanzapine can produce. No need for it. Performance. They told us that the first step they took was to conduct a cost/benefit analysis of the pros and cons of taking medication, and they described keeping this decision under regular review. The word used to describe not taking your medications is called 'noncompliance.' Previous: What If I Miss A Dose Of My Medication For Bipolar Disorder? Creativity. Read about alternatives for medication non-compliance. Possible reasons include when the person: Has difficulty accepting that they have bipolar disorder or need treatment Does not wish to be connected with the stigma sometimes linked to bipolar disorder It may be that his medications have side effects that are uncomfortable. The approach to managing moods they all described was also in stark contrast to the usual approach taken by mental health services to people with a bipolar diagnosis. Carbamazepine (CBZ), sold under the trade name Tegretol among others, is an anticonvulsant medication used primarily in the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Recovery from mental illness is more than just taking your meds. They feel like they'll turn into a "robot." They will blame it on society if they take medication. Still, the statistics of people going off their medication along with suicide rates are staggering. Lancaster University provides funding as a founding partner of The Conversation UK. People do not want to feel like they're in a fog all the time. The extremes both for and against meds give new meaning to the word Bipolar. That is until late October 2016, this is when I found out he suffers from severe bipolar. Your risky behavior can potentially leave you broke, and cause you to take physical risks that may hurt you or other people. They believe they get more done without their medication. She says things like I am the devil and I want to kill her and my children. As some researchers have suggested that as many as half of patients with a bipolar diagnosis can suffer from a lack of awareness of their mental health difficulties, a common fear is that someone who is off their medication will lose the ability to identify when they aren’t well. Medications for bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, and anti-anxiety drugs. I do try to work with my doctor to find the lowest effective dose, though. They think they may just be 'moody. This was different for each person and each individual needed to identify what worked for them. Posted Jun 23, 2012 Many people say you should not discuss politics or … Long-term Effects. Lack of money. When the medication is working, they begin to believe that they do not need the medication – that they are “OK”. Was on all these meds for Year’s. Carbamazepine appears to work as well as phenytoin and valproate for focal and generalized seizures. While I know it is not good or healthy to stop taking my meds, sometimes the choice is based on emotions and feelings that I can’t explain. The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that around 1% of the adult population experience bipolar symptoms at some point in their life. My question is does anyone else do this?! Despite this, patient decisions to stop taking medication are typically regarded by mental health professionals as being due to “lack of insight” or “inaccurate concerns” about a drug’s safety or efficacy. 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