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Poll : Do you plan on taking antipsychotics your whole life or do you plan on trying to get off them at some point?

Just curious. I know the odds for Schizophrenics getting off Ap’s are not real good but many people try anyway. So are you a meds for life guy or gal or will you try to get off them(hopefully with pdocs approval/supervision)?

  • Meds for life!
  • I’ll try to wean myself off eventually

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I think at some point when I have been stable for years I will have my pdoc wean me off them and see what happens…I may be right back on them if I relapse of course.

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I am happy enough on meds, I am not chasing the happiness I had before sz anymore as many psychiatrists told that its impossible to attain.

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Also I stopped meds more than once, once for 2yrs, everytime was a disaster, once ended up nearly killing someone and myself.

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Off meds when driving I had instense thoughts of crashing my car even when other ppl were with me. Actually I had two big accidents, one with someone who bled from his head and once I was alone nearly died broke the window and got out as the car was upside down.

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When I switched to Abilify last summer, my pdoc put me on 5mg. It was hell as most of my symptoms came back. We finally got the dose correct last December. After going through that I know I’ll need meds for the rest of my life.

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I have tried coming off meds three times and everytime it ended with a severe relapse and worsening brain functions. So I have given up the idea of stopping medication.

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Yeah, that prospect does make me nervous.

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Meds for life/better treatment/cure. Not really an option coming off for me as multi episodic and still have my moments with symptoms.

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Not to derail this thread, but @rogueone I wanted to let you know that I viewed some cricket explanations on youtube today so I now might have some vague notion of what you are talking about when you bring it up :+1:

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haha…most cool. It’s a fun game and takes some skill!

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For now I can’t see myself trying to get off them. I was a disaster walking when not on anything. Wasn’t coping at all but couldn’t understand why. I lacked insight. I’m happy enough as things are.

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I’m a lifer. So that’s where @Lifer got it from!

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I was talking to my sister about this pill. I like to think there’s nothing wrong with me, and I don’t need meds.

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I think I can. For me none of them seem to work fully anyway

The key is knowing when youre slipping and catching yourself I think

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I wish I could get off the meds

but I think I am stuck with them for the rest of my life

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Can’t say for sure, if the meds start adversely affecting my physical health, I might have no choice but to go off or try something else. But for now my thinking is it’s for life.

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I’ve gone off AP’s before and tried ones that didn’t work and became psychotic again. I have a med that works now so I am going to stick with it.

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I’m not sure yet.

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Great insight @Aziz. Your comments collectively assert you are now in your recovery stage. Good job! Well done! Your own personal truth (not someone else’s) will set you free.

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