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Medication Reduction

This morning I had a psychiatrist appointment. I was nervous. Very nervous. I was psyched up to ask, for the third time, for my medication to be reduced, in the hopes that less medication in my system would ease the side effects of fatigue, lack of concentration and memory loss.

Today, after he explained it was a choice between being emotionally stable & struggling with the side effects, or risking my Bipolar mood swings coming back and hopefully being able to function more with fewer side effects, I told him in no uncertain terms that I wanted to try a reduction in meds. I was thrilled, over the moon and generally ecstatic when he said we would give it a try! So my medication has been halved, all of it, starting today!

Alongside that, my Step-dad and I are going to start going swimming in the hopes I can shift some of this weight I have put on over the past 3 years, and I am starting a walking group run by the psychiatric team to get me out without my parents and challenge my anxiety. I am stupidly nervous about that, terrified in fact, but it needs to be done and I feel in a place now where I might be able to do it.

I came out this time feeling empowered, feeling heard. Some of you will know that, for a few appointments I haven’t felt that way, this time I felt listened to.

So, maybe this is my turning point. Maybe this is where my life begins. Maybe this is my chance to shine.

Please note: I am not anti-medication, I know that I will probably be on medication for the rest of my life due to my mental ill health. This was not about that, it was about the struggle with the side effects ruining my life more than the illness had been.

6 comments

  1. Steve

    Thats great news Livi. So happy for you. I know these are massive steps you are taking, so because of that I am so proud of you. Wishing you the very best of luck and encouragement.

    1. Mrs TeePot

      Thank you so much for your encouragement! It means so much to know I have people in my corner supporting me 🙂

      1. Steve

        Thats no problem at all. Just know that we all love you

  2. Sheri Kauffman

    I completely understand. I just went through a major med change, still am. Do you have levetiracetam available there? It’s an anti-epileptic drug, but approved by the FDA for use as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder…no weight gain. Also, what about trying Weight Watchers, is that available? That’s the only way I was able to lose weight (medically approved). Swimming is great for both mind and body, I love it. Keep on going!!

    1. Mrs TeePot

      I honestly don’t know what’s available here, will do some research. I’m on Depamide, Seroplex, Abilify & Temesta at the moment. I know it’s not all the meds fault, but I’m sure some of it is caused by them.
      Weight Watchers is an option but I’d be wary of going to group because of a) cost & b) strangers. Will see if I can do it on my own for the time being.
      Hope you’re doing well with your med change, I know it can be very stressful and hard going.

  3. Tina

    Livi this is great news. Feeling heard is such a fab thing, I know what it’s like to walk out and wonder what just happened? I’m not anti-meds either but the side effects can be so hard to bear, I know where you’re coming from. Wishing you all the best, sounds like you have a great plan in action.x

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