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    petral, Oh Mary Oh

    I am also Bi-Polar and have P.T.S.D. I was on Lithium.
    I was falling all the time and was told I was acting 90 years old. I went in to the hospital only to find the amount I was taking was wrong. I went off by choice. The Doctor said the last person like you to take himself off lithium killed himself. That was two years ago. I ran 10 miles yesterday and today I turn 64. I agree with all you said!
    Be well,
    Mike

    •  Well, some meds are good, even necessary, (0+ / 0-)

      in the right situations. And if I remember correctly, lithium is one of the drugs Dad feels OK about -- in general, he prefers the older drugs, since their actions (& interactions) are well-known. It's overuse, and more: not paying attention to drug interactions that's the problem. (Also, I know that for many drugs, simply stopping cold-turkey isn't recommended -- better to lower the dose gradually, so that your body gets used to the change.)

      Have to say, I don't have all that much sympathy for people who don't like drugs simply because they don't like drugs. Because of the way a specific drug affects you, sure. But then, I'm of a generation (and gender) in which taking a pill everyday throughout one's 'childbearing years' (that is, most of adulthood) is assumed normal. Taking meds to feel better, to deal with the world better, to prevent something like pregnancy or worse illness or whatever, that's fine.

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