posted on Dec, 13 2010 @ 06:29 PM
Tough question. I had a break 16 years ago. The meds helped calm some of the symptoms, but the root of the problem had to be addressed through
therapy and constant introspection. I have read David Burns book "Feeling Good", which lays out a plan for cognitive therapy that incorportates
writing down your thoughts and feelings and qualifying them. It works like a champ. A person's thought patterns have to undergo an unlearning of
unhealthy ways and a relearning of healthy behavior. More often than not, a fundamental change has to occur in a person's situation (i.e. a super
stressful job or an unhealthy relationship where you are being abused, etc), in order for any healing to occur.
The meds have their place in certain situations, but are not the end all and be all. I, personally would rather to not have to take them. I have put
a lot of work into it and have a long way to go. A psychiatrist told me one time, "it took 21 years of living to get sick, this will not be undone in
2 or 3 years". These words hold true. In my experience, I had to 1) go thorugh the grieving process of losing everything, 2) admit to and
identifying my issues, 3) figure out which ones I had control over and which ones I did not, 4) unlearn any behaviors, habits or thoughts that were
triggers, 5) minimize or eliminate contact with any people who contributed to these issues when possible, 6) relearn better thought processes and
behaviors. Not to mention the biggest part this process is the day to day maintenance. We are creatures of emotion. It is not like you can erase a
hard drive and load a fresh OS to the computer. It is not easy and I still have a long way to go. My thoughts go out to anyone fighting a mental
I want to reiterate, do NOT go off your meds! Although my hope is to one day be free of them, about eleventy billion things have to take place in my
personal growth for this to happen. Then again it may never happen. Go to your psychiatrist and therapist, listen, talk, learn and grow.
edit on 13-12-2010 by hooptie because: added stuff