I’ve known some people, with various mental illnesses. Some of them take their meds, some don’t. If there is one thing that I’ve seen in my experience, it’s that the ones who take their meds and keep up with their doctor appointments are the ones who are better off. They function in life better, succeed in life more and are generally more stable in their daily life.
I know that these medications have side effects, some more severe than others. I know that it may put people off to taking them. I know this all to well.
One of the side effects of my medication is weight gain. Something about the way it metabolize in my body, makes it extremely hard to impossible to lose the weight. One time a few years ago I had gone to the hospital. While I was in there I begged the doctors to put me on a medication that wouldn’t make me gain weight like the original one had. They caved in and put me on something, something that I would regret ever taking. If you look back in my blog posts, you’ll see one labeled “My Worst Episode”. That was the result of this new medication. It failed and I went into a severe episode that lasted about six or seven months.
The problem was that I was so worried about how I looked that I disregarded the fact that the medication I was already on had been tried and truly worked for me. Coming off of It was one of the worst mistakes of my life. I am now back on that same medication that worked for me, I exercise almost daily but still retain the weight. The thing is, now I am completely comfortable with that fact because I know that my mind is safe from a break down.
So stay strong, take your meds. I know the side effects may be tough but the gift of a sane mind far out weighs the consequences of not having meds that work. In time, they will come up with something new with hopes that it won’t have too many side effects. Who knows, maybe they will even find the cure. Best of luck everyone.