& have suffered medically because of them? ie weak heart, & metabolic probs? Too paranoid for therapy. Any ideas will be appreciated.
The only thing that comes to mind when you dont want to use medications is naturally. Like meditation or yoga and exercise. I found this website about how meditation can be more beneficial than medicine to treat depression. Im not sure about anti-psychotic meds but I would give it a shot. It wont hurt to try it. Google planet green and type in meditation. Thats all I can tell ya. I wish I knew more. Hope you feel better
I am not sure I understand your question - are you Bipolar? Do you have anxiety? Have you had permanent damage done to you from taking antipsychotics, and are now fearful to try again? I think that is what you are indicating. Assuming that is so, I can only tell you that I am in a similar place. I hop up and down and protest, but my doctor doesn't have any alternatives to antipsychotics. She just offers another type, and when I see the side effects possibilities, I get so frustrated, and, yes, fearful, and uncooperative. I wish I could be more helpful, but all I can do is commiserate. If you do find out an alternative, by all means, let me know.
Therapy will do u a world of good!!U need to allow urself to get past ur paranoia just one time, and u will c how u will reap the benefits! So far as meds. , there are a gazillion out there, and u need to make ur doc work with u, u pay him, not the other way around, to find the right combo.
I have a similar issue. Rather than tell you what to do or give you advice, I'll let you know what I've done and plan to do. Due to poor physical health related to antipsychotics, I was forced to stop taking them in August and get healthier and lose some weight. I did so but at some expense. I fell into a full blown mania for the first time actually (usually just real intense hypomania). I was delusional and paranoid and really on edge. I don't ever get euphoric during the excited stage, I mostly get agitated (understatement). What ended up happening was in late October until the second week in November I was prescribed Geodon (never before) to snap me out of the mania. Through education and discussion with my prescriber, I knew that it would snap me out of the mania quickly or it was supposed to do so. It worked for the most part well. I ended up in the ER due to a generalized dystonic reaction. I was told to take benadryl for 72 hours and it should clear up.
It took awhile longer but eventually stopped. Even though the dystonic reaction was very difficult to go through, I am now aware it may happen again if I ever take an atypical again as my prescriber told me. I believe when I have another hypomania/mania I will take Geodon again only this time with Benadryl! I feel like I've made a compromise I can live with. I've lost 50lbs+ since the middle of August and am just getting healthier all the time without dieting, I just regained my normal appetite. I may have some severe symptoms to deal with just with my mental health alone. I still have quite a cocktail everyday morning and night. My diagnosis is Bipolar 1 Mixed State and consequently follows the corresponding treatment plan. In no way does the diagnosis apply to me but rather the course of treatment and the actions taken by my prescriber and me in the effort of recovery. I keep in mind somewhere as I live this philosophy and so don't think about too often but, I as a person have nothing to do with a diagnosis. It bothers me that people refer to themselves as "I am bipolar". It may seem trivial but I take it seriously. I don't think many people think about the ramifications in society by letting people and ourselves label us as our diagnosis for treatment. If I had cancer I wouldn't say "I am round two of chemo" I would say I am battling cancer and I am getting chemotherapy. I have a mental illness and I am battling in it by using pharmaceutical and psychological interventions. I'm not preaching because this is my point of view and take from it what you want. I hesitate to let anyone refer to me as my diagnosis. I always tell people when asked what my disorder is I tell them I have Michael "X's" disease. My treatment plan may be similar to others but my condition is my own like breast cancer isn't colon cancer isn't stomach cancer etc ad infinitum. I hope this helped. Thanks for reading I know it is long, Michael
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