She wants to go off of Zydis. She feels ok now, but concerned because she hasn't taken any meds for 4 days. Should she ask for zydis 5mg? She was also on Depakote ER 500mg... Anyone know about going off this cold turkey? Can't be good. I'm concerned... I'll talk to her again tomorrow. Please help!!!
I do not know how much help I can be - I wasn't sure what you were saying. If she does not want to take meds, as far as I know, they can't make her do so without a court order, at least that is how it is in CA. I don't know if that ruling is a CA ruling or a Fed'l one.
If she just quits her meds, suddenly and without a psychiatrist's supervision, the sudden interuption of meds can be very uncomfortable, if not dangerous. Not to leave out that without her meds, with time she might become symptomatic, and if aggression is part of her bipolar repetoire, she may end up with more legal problems then she has now.
Have you hired an attorney to represent her? Is she an adult child, or a minor? Does your county have a Mental Health Court? If so, do whatever you can do to make sure her case goes to the MHC. If you can avoid it, avoid having her represented by a Public Defender. I am sure some are decent PD lawyers, but they just don't have the incentive to really fight for clients - they get paid their crappy flat fee whether they do a good job or not. A private attorney has a stake in the case (money), a reputation to protect, and if you can get a good one, a win/loss ratio to maintain.
I will add this tho - if this situation is all too familiar, occuring with frequency with your daughter, like if you are constantly having to rescue her because she refuses to take care of herself (by drinkin and drugging on meds, for instance), it might be better for both her and you, to let her suffer the consequences on her own for the choices she makes. I know what I am saying is a bitter pill, and I'll probably get a ton of flak for saying it. Some loved ones walk away and turn their back, and others scoop up their loved ones and make things all better, over and over. Neither scenario is good for all involved.
That said, I would definitely try to convince her (if she were connected to me) to take her meds, at least until the legal stuff gets settled. Tell her that if she is med comp[liant, the judge will be more likely to render a more favorable ruling, and she will be free sooner - free to then stop taking her meds on the outside. The last thing you (and she) needs is to be symptomatic in court.
I wish you luck
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