Going off my meds!


I will admit I am scared, but we (the psych nurse and my family) have decided to let me try life without meds. It will take a while to wean me off of them. Hopefully nothing weird happens.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

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40 thoughts on “Going off my meds!

  1. TheFeatheredSleep

    Big step but not necessarily wrong step. I have known people to be able to do this, just take it ONE DAY at a time, do not panic, do not stop taking care of yourself. Eat right. Get lots of sleep. Drink lots of water. Take a good high dose of Vit B 12 and I wish you all the luck possible my friend

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  2. donnainthesouth

    Tessa, I’ve actually never been on meds, since I quit taking them after my hospitalization, with certain people’s consent and approval, (but not a doctor – but that’s a long story) but I didn’t they would ever do that; but then that’s been a long time ago; do believe the B-12 is important; hope things go well!

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    1. Tessa Post author

      Thanks, I do have consent of the psych nurse who prescribes them for me. We had a talk about it and won’t know if it works unless I try it.

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  3. Carl D'Agostino

    I know I’ll be taking mine the rest of my life. Important to realize that our mood changes are affected by the meds or lack of use of the meds. You should not be unwilling to change course if necessary and then you seem quite secure availing yourself of the healing power of Jesus.

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    1. Tessa Post author

      Thank you Carl!. I believe Jesus will get me through this and if it is worse without the meds I will restart them. How would I know if I can go without them without tryings. I have gone many years without them. I will keep everyone advised of how things are going.

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      1. Carl D'Agostino

        A funny story:
        After about year and a half of psych meds I told the therapist I was feeling better now and wanted to stop. She replied in a friendly way “Carl you stupid jerk. The reason you feel better is because you take the meds.”

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        1. Tessa Post author

          Funny story. True, but i am not feeling better. I am tired of going to the hospital and being jerked around with medicines that don’t work for me.

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      1. 2angelsandablackdog

        I can understand your frustration l’m still ironing out medication “glitches” for want of better word. Having someone who understands you and medications available is essential. Sounds like your feeling confident so you go girrrl! Power to you!

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  4. bringbackhisgirls

    “He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'”
    (Exodus 15:26)

    Tessa, I am praying that Jesus would lead and guide you and your whole family, as well as your psych nurse, in knowing what is best. We cannot be perfect; may His Grace give you Rest and Peace through this!! He knows your whole body and chemical make-up!! Keep close to Him and those who know and love Him and you, and He will make all things clear. 💗
    Love you, praying!!
    Your sister in Christ,
    Annalee

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