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How Long Did It Take To Notice Some Of The Fogginess Disappear? (Week Six)

I don’t know that it ever really goes away. At least it hasn’t for me.

The fogginess is something that I grapple with every day, and I will get moments where I feel like I am really starting to get something, and then it’s time to take my meds again.

I cannot stress enough how it’s easy to feel imprisoned by your meds, yet it’s absolutely necessary to be on a good regimen with them.

It took me quite a few years to get to a place where I could be at peace with what I was taking.

That didn’t change the frustrations I had for needing meds in the first place, but getting to a good place with them, has certainly made managing chronic mental illness a lot more feasible.

What is your relationship with psychiatric drugs? How has it evolved over the years?

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  1. The last time I went off meds was in 2016. I had fired my psychiatrist and then 2 GPs in rapid succession. It wasn’t really a deliberate choice to go off meds; it was an unwillingness to have to find and deal with another doctor to get the meds prescribed. It was insomnia that eventually ended up motivating me to try finding a new doctor, and that was when I started seeing the gem of a doctor I have now.

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  2. I like your honesty here, and how you provide what seems like a good and real example of what life with mental illness can be like. I don’t know about medication fog. A family friend’s son I’ve heard is living with what might be schizophrenia (I’m not close to the situation). Word is some family members have discouraged him from accepting what he has as mental illness and taking medication. I worry about him and this idea that you might somehow be drowning or covering your real self should you take meds. But I know for some people this is not uncommon thinking.

    That said, I am not on psychiatric drugs (sort of, I think). Many many years ago I tried Zoloft but I didn’t like that it didn’t do anything for me. I was a teenager and while I was told in advance it could take time, I thought it was stupid. Now I am not to a point where I think I should take something versus taking action with and on my behaviors among other things. I have tried propranolol (very low dose for headaches and anxiety) and while I think it helped a little I’m not sure it was the fix nor do I know how much it did for my anxiety. (Turns out my Thyroid is a little out of whack.) I doubled it like they suggested and I just felt really tired and depressed so right away I said NOPE. When I look back I’m glad I tried it. I kind of was looking forward to the possibility of it helping my anxiety, something to help me hold the baseline when I might struggle. I unintentionally stopped taking it and might again at least during Covid times. I don’t think I need it for headaches at all, but anxiety, maybe.

    A big part of me wants to straighten a lot of physical/environmental issues out that I think are contributing to my anxiety, depression, and other things. That’s my biggest resistance to meds, I think there’s more to work with, in my case. Thanks so for sharing and asking.

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    • Your friend’s son absolutely needs meds if he has schizophrenia. That’s essentially my diagnosis. Actually, it is schizoaffective disorder, which is schizophrenia coupled with major depressive disorder. One should not fool around with not taking medications with this condition, as it will only worsen without them. This is the worst of the mental health diagnoses, and again, should be taken seriously. I know you’re not close to the situation, but that’s it in a nutshell. Anxiety… people can get by without meds… not schizophrenia. So, anyway, good, too, for you wanting to straighten out your environmental issues. That’s a good move, that a lot of people do not put enough emphasis on! 🙂

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      • Thank you very much for this information.
        Perhaps I will pass your site and your book after I’ve read (or link them to you) to his dad. It could help him to hear from someone who knows and lives with this. Thank you.

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