posted on Nov, 30 2011 @ 05:03 PM
I have never posted anything in my many years reading this site, but I really feel I should post now...so, here it goes...
A LOT of people on ATS tend to be incredibly against medication for most conditions, particularly psychological ones. My personal belief is, many of
them would greatly benefit from said medication.
Please excuse my long winded post, but I feel you need to hear an honest success story amid all the negativity that you will be fed here.
However, my boyfriend has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia as a 16 year old and has been sent from one awful clinic/doctor to the next. They
basically experimented on him, because his mother didn't really know any better nor feel the need to do anything about it.
The main medication though was Risperidol, which didn't really help. It actually made matters worse.
When I met him later, at age 23 he was off his meds, but in a phase where he didn't have any psychotic episodes. He only had some mild facial ticks,
which I personally thought were related to some previous injury. I suggested a neurological examination and he agreed. We didn't get to go because
about 4-5 weeks into our relationship, he started hearing voices.
Threatening, evil voices cursing at him and telling him all kinds of awful things about his father especially. He at some point also thought he had an
antenna on/in his head, so evil extraterrestrials could locate him.
He would roam the streets, screaming at the voices to shut up and leave him alone. He could not stay in the house for more than 5 minutes...I walked
with him most of the time, as I thought some one might feel threatened by his screaming and call the cops have him taken to some asylum like
institution where they would continue their experimenting and lord know what else they would do.
I slept briefly, in full clothing and shoes so I could fallow him when he would just up and go. Running after him at 3 am, through the snow, in a
t-shirt and socks taught me that lesson.
Meanwhile, I was scouting for a GOOD psychiatrist for him and a GOOD clinic.YES, THERE IS SUCH THING!
When I finally found one, after a long search aided by my mother who is a physician, I took him there and I aswel as him fell in love with the place
and especially the doctor.
They kept him there 4 weeks. I went to visit him every day. Luckily I am self employed and have the type of flexible occupation.
I noticed a change after the 1st week. A SIGNIFICANT change after 2 1/2-3.
When he got out, there were no voices, no antennas, no screaming or roaming or anything else. Just somewhat sleepy for about 6 weeks.
One more thing was, he would hold on to me while we slept like scared baby. After about 2 months that stopped too.
He has been given (and taking until this very day), Olanzapine at night and Aripiprazol in he morning.
He is not sleepy or strange in any way, he is not some weird android like being . He is who he was before the break out and who he was always supposed
It's been two years now.
Nobody who doesn't know would think he has any psychological issues. At least not any more then the next person.
He has gained some weigth, but other than that, there are no side effects and his blood tests are great.
I don't know if the Seroquel is the right medication for you, but if you trust the doctor who prescribed it, by all means take it and see how you
Generally Neuroleptica, ( most antip-sychotic- antidepressants), take up to 6-8 weeks for your body to get used to it and the substance to take full
It is usually best when you can spend the 1st couple of weeks in a controlled environment, so if you can and know a clinic you feel comfortable with,
may be you should give that some consideration.
Lithium is/was a great thing for it's time, but there definitely ARE several and strong side effects. The new generation of substances tends to be a
Many people will tell you that those who are on psycho-medication are constantly in and out of clinics and/or doing bad.
The reason for that is simply that A LOT of people do not take their meds as they should and/or drink alcohol and may be even take other
There is a stigma attached to psychological problems, and that is so sad, because really there should be no difference made between a person with a
chemical imbalance in his pancreas, (i.e. a diabetic) and a person with a chemical imbalance in his or her brain.
I wish you nothing but the best and hope the medication is right for you or that you will find the one that is.
I also hope that my story helped you a little bit. I don't usually share it, but if it can even remotely help any one reading it, I feel I have to.