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How Well Does Taking Medication Work For Those Dealing With Mental Illness?

Is medication something that you personally take and can vouch for?

Is medication the be all, end all solution for people who deal with mental illness?

I personally have struggled immensely to get to where I can take the meds and stay out of the hospital.

But, that about it and that comes with a side effect…

I am basically overmedicated!

What can I do? What can be done?

Well, if I could tolerate the symptoms without the high dosages of medication, I’d be doing better…

In a real world sense, much better!

But, right now, I need my high dosages… and, that’s a tough pill to swallow (pun intended).

What are your medication-related experiences?

Feel free to share as much or as little about this subject matter, as you’d like.

8 thoughts on “How Well Does Taking Medication Work For Those Dealing With Mental Illness? Leave a comment

  1. Can you lower the dose yourself and use meds as necessary or do you have to maintain such high doses? I know it must be awful being overmedicated. As I only hear voices, which don’t frighten me anymore and they’re just putdowns, I don’t bother with medication — now! A good sleep normally helps me – but that’s so difficult with both physical and mental health issues.

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  2. I am on a pretty high dose for my age apparently, it’s been many years of telling many doctors that yes, it is a high dose, but yes I am THAT depressed aha. I think it works for me which is amazing, but it definitely took a lot of trial and error with different meds to find the one for me. I wish someone had told me at the start that if you don’t feel like it’s working, it probably isn’t and there’s other meds you can try; often with mental illness I think we feel like we have to settle with medication because you can’t just do a blood test to show that it’s working.

    If you don’t mind me asking, what do you mean by ‘overmedicated’? What is it about the high dose that you don’t like?

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      • Yeah it’s definitely good to be open with your doctor about how you feel about your meds. I haven’t used Abilify before, but I know I was near the top end of the dosage for my particular medicine until I moved down a step around a year ago. It’s hard because there is a lot of stigma and fear about taking medicines for mental illness, but if they are helping then taking them (at whatever dose) can only be a good thing 🙂

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      • I will leave the med change or dose lowering to him… I just wish I knew myself what might be going on. For instance, I still have psychosis symptoms at a high Abilify dosage, so I tend to believe that a medication change is in order. But, I am not the doctor. I will definitely communicate my concerns though.

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