Backpacking and Bipolar II. Taking Manic Depression on tour.
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I have read of many times when a Manic Depressive person has felt, in the grip of mania, that they had beaten their illness and didn’t need their meds anymore. They’re cured and therefore can ‘return to their normal life’. This won’t happen. You never had a normal life anyway, you were always ill, you just didn’t know it. Your normal life isn’t everyone else’s normal life.
This is a deadly thought process and you have to be particularly vigilent against it. Abandoning your medication is like deflating your life raft whilst adrift at sea. Seriously. Don’t do it. I’ve been tempted but the horror stories have managed to cement my view that I wouldn’t last very long going cold turkey on 600mg/day of Seroquel.
Have you ever abandoned your meds? Were the effects catastrophic? Share a quick story and let’s make this point emphatically. Save someone else the trouble of going through what you went through.
All the best,