I’m 15, I have paranoid schizophrenia and a DID. My psychiatrist has told me that I could be medicated if I want to, that it would help me keep everything under control. But I don’t trust it. I feel I’d rather just be myself and see how I can do. I’ve been doing fine for 3 years, and recently I’ve shown improvements with my alter. Does medication really help me treat it?
Are you losing time with the dissociation? I can tell you my experience with meds completely stopped my “alters”/voices and I no longer dissociate like I used to. I stay grounded in the present.
Are you at least seeing a therapist? Might help to really talk it out with him or her on the subject.
I am pro-med now… because when I was firmly against meds… I ended up in hospital a lot.
I understand your caution. At 15? Sorry your getting hit with this so young. But yes, meds do work for many of us.
There are some who don’t do meds… but they do go to therapy, hypnotherapy… CBT… or some other safety net in place.
But free forming it while in the onset stage just makes it harder to recover later. Good luck and I’m rooting for you.
It might surprise you what subtle things the meds can do. Though you might think they are working against you and will make you more stressed. But it’s good to make an informed decision when it comes to choices like that.
It’s your choice,you said you are doing well and had shown improvement without medication,this shows you might not need it,Medication causes side effect like weight gain and Sexual dysfunction,if you can deal with these then you might want to take it as it helps control psychosis better,some people like me need to take it with no other choice but I can still live a full life though
Medication does help treat psychosis,for most people with schizophrenia
@Skims what med you on?
I’m currently working on it with both a therapist and a psychiatrist. My alter isn’t really a problem now. I’ve been working for the last 2 years on how to focus on my dissociation. Now when he’s in control I don’t blackout or lose time, I just see. I fear being medicated will make all my progress vanish or that I’ll lose control when I’m off them
If your doing well without medication, than stay that way, your too young to start taking medication at age 15, but if you cant enjoy your life than its your choice, some people do better with med. but some without med, i personally started when psychosis hit me, i should of waited for few months and see if i could live with only having therapy and gaining insight of my illness.
Meds have helped me alot. I started taking them 6 months ago after doc informed me its getting to the stage where I will be forced to take them. I spent so long avoiding meds and I regret that. They help so much.
personally i think 15 is too young to be on meds, if youre showing signs of improvement then i would stick with it. just dont rule out meds though, do like other people have suggested and do therapy, like intense cbt, and after if you feel you need to then speak to your pdoc about it