You know the medication works but... maybe, just maybe it will be ok to stop it. But... in the past, every time you do all heck breaks loose! Why is it so hard to follow through on what you know will help???
Dr. Seng discusses how each of us is different but that each physical tendency like Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Depression and Panic Disorder leave you vulnerable going down the wrong road... again...
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Mental Health doesn't get the attention that it needs, everyone I have ever known 100% doesn't care and have blocked me. I don't have the money for medications and what I have tried has had bad side effects and probably made them worse.
Ivan, Educate yourself about the symptoms you have. Meds are pretty inexpensive these days and are never the complete solution. Find a church or other social organization that offers therapy and ask this person how to find additional help. Exercise, good nutrition, good sleep habits all make a difference. Are their foods that make you feel worse, bloat, gassy, etc. Avoid these. Join something you enjoy. Simply talking with people about anything other than depression is helpful. NAMI and FAMI are good national groups run by those who have depression. Carefully write down your personal history, ask family members about anything they may struggle with and the treatments they have been through. There is a way, never give up!!
The reason people quit is that there is no physical measure of chemical imbalance and there is no application of brain scans to measure brain activity level. Being on the medicine damages the brain and then you have to go back on. I would have preferred to be offered alternative solutions before being subjected to drugs. I needed love and support from family and I never got that. This is early childhood trauma. Try reading Complex PTSD by Pete Walker before you get out your prescription pad.
Its also because the side effects are inhumane and the medicine doesn't do jack especially when your bipolar is minor. Whe my parents abused be by turning me on to the fact I had it kinda I made me hate myself for the rest of my life... but at least i made their lives a living fucking hell afterwords.
I absolutely agree! Medications are only one option and everyone is unique living in entirely unique circumstances. I also agree that developing more love within you, between you and those you love and more awareness of our role in the greater good is always helpful.
As you suggest, when medications are used inappropriately, there can be side effects and worsening of unknown underlying vulnerabilities.
I have a question: I have ADD and was wondering why my medication does not motivate me to get things done anymore? It also doesn't help me to remember things like it use to. When I started taking Adderall it was wonderful, I could get things done quickly and remember everything, now I forget things and procrastinate. Is there anything I can do to activate this again? Any vitamins or anything you can recommend that will lower my tolerance down so I can get those affects back?
When prescribed correctly, medications can "stop working" for a number of reasons.
The effect of stimulants is affected by dehydration, poor nutrition and lack of sleep. Make sure to include attention to improving your daily habits in each of these realms.
The effect of the medication "takes hold" as you apply the benefits to improving skills around each of your relationships including spiritual, intimate, family, career/school, life interest and mentor. Building daily habits that create inspiring relationships provides direction within you for healing and integration, and around you for a life that serves you, others and the greater good. Without these efforts the benefits of medication are realized and life continues on a downhill spiral.
A new life stress, or an old life stress (old trauma) may interfere with your progress.
There are critical times in life (Junior High) when other diagnosis make rear their ugly head. Depression, OCD, Generalized Anxiety and Bipolar Disorder to name a few.
If all of the above have been addressed, switching to another type of stimulant or adding Wellbutrin to your existing regimen may be helpful.
Hope this is helpful!
Multiple things could be going on. First, are you sleeping well, are you taking in enough fluids and how are your dietary habits. The brain cells that Adderall helps can't function well if they are well rested, well hydrated and nourished. Second, if all of the above is taken care of... how do you feel? Many times a person may have inherited more than one genetic tendency. Unexplainable anxiety and mood shifts are most frequent. Of course, drugs or alcohol will negate benefit. Then there is the undeniable fact that medication alone doesn't work. You may want to look at my Grow video series to learn more about that.
Now what also may be true is that you aren't on a regimen that will allow you to function well all day. Many take Adderall once a day and this seldom works long term. There are many alternatives! Talk to your doctor to learn more e.g. Adderall dosed three times a day, Adderall XR, Vyvanse and Mydayis to name a few.
Hope this helps!
Antidepressants are medications that can help relieve symptoms of depression, social anxiety disorder, anxiety disorders, seasonal affective disorder, and dysthymia, or mild chronic depression, as well as other conditions.
They aim to correct chemical imbalances of neurotransmitters in the brain that are believed to be responsible for changes in mood and behavior.
Depression Medications (Antidepressants)
These are the most commonly prescribed type of antidepressant.
Serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat major depression, mood disorders, and possibly but less commonly attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, and chronic neuropathic pain.
SNRIs raise levels of serotonin and norepinephrine, two neurotransmitters in the brain that play a key role in stabilizing mood.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. They are effective in treating depression, and they have fewer side effects than the other antidepressants.
SSRIs block the reuptake, or absorption, of serotonin in the brain. This makes it easier for the brain cells to receive and send messages, resulting in better and more stable moods.
They are called "selective" because they mainly seem to affect serotonin, and not the other neurotransmitters.