Mood Altering Meds

Discussion in 'Health & Medicine' started by bankruptONselling, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. I was wondering what your opinion is on mood altering medication such as anti-depressants, anti-anxiety pills, bi-polar meds, etc?

    I know that some depression and anxiety can be brought down by other ways than medications but I'm curious as to more serious cases of chemical imbalances in the brain.

    I'd like to hear what you guys have to say about them. Narcotics or non-narcotics.
  2. billinthehills

    billinthehills member

    Not a big fan of them myself. I am familar with many who swear by their anti anxiety meds. Seems like there is a pill for everything. I have noticed a pattern of those who do feel the need to partake . All the ones I know who do take,1) they all seek counseling still on a regular basis. 2) they don't own motorcycles. 3) they don't smoke marijuana. To each their own. As for me. Well No shrinks in my future. and I love to ride. as for the rest..... that is another topic entirely;)

  3. Josephina

    Josephina Guest

    I think you've got something there on number 3! :D
  4. dukman

    dukman Greenhorn

    I was put on some back when I injured my back... It scared me so much that I never ever want to take any again. The first week or two was alright, but then one day I was having a bad day... I took a walk to cool my head and had to fight the urge to jump off the bridge I was walking over. I had never had much of an urge to jump before... :eek:

    Now that I think about it... that wasn't the only time I had to fight the urge when on them... :eek: :mad: Never again...
  5. insidethebunker

    insidethebunker Member

    If you need the meds, you need them. I never took any until in my 40’s but in my case they have saved my life. At age 40 (7 yrs ago), 21 years of marriage ended in a bitter divorce and I tanked my first company. Broke and rejected and almost homeless I had one meltdown after another. It started with attempted suicide and progressed to uncontrollable anger. It went on after I remarried the same year as the divorce. My anger exhibited itself in severe beatings I gave a very undeserving dog (never admitted that till now, wow) and severe belligerent tirades I took out on my new wife. Severe anger fits and eventually spending a day in the mental ward (1st time) after going outside the night before and firing my gun off making my wife think I had blown my brains out. That night was the first time I'd ever been handcuffed in my life. Nothing like a wake up call of having the police show up to your house and cuffing you. That night and day in a mental yard was a turning point but it still took a bankruptcy and complete collapse of my business over the next year to turn me towards counseling, medication and God. Now 7 years after the divorce and about 5 years from the trip to the loony bin, because of meds, my life is controllable. It’s still not perfect but controllable. I've partnered to start another business, work less hours then ever before and make more money then ever in my life. I have to check my anger all the time. It's not gone but I can check it. I fight less and I let a lot lay by the side. When I don't take meds and try to "be normal" my life begins to unravel. I'm not 100% but at least I'm functioning, well. My "new" wife trust me, loves me, and is patient with me. My kids accept me in a way they never did before because I've told them step by step everything I've gone through in hope that they can see it if it ever emerges in their life. Because of this we've also been able to diagnose my 22 year old daughters bi-polar and get her treatment too. She actually WANTS the treatment and meds because she sees how bad I got and how much they did for me. She can't afford the meds but gets the equivalent of $300 a month in meds from a clinic. (my insurance covers about $400 a month on me and they ARE narcotics). If you need the meds and can afford them do it.

    The hardest part is admitting you need them but life can be so much more rewarding with them.

    PS: This is the first time I've "told" this story in detail. However there must be a reason you asked and there must be a reason I'm awake at 1:30am make my first post in a forum I've never been to before. I hope this helps.
  6. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I know several people who have been on them and I have to say they are much better to be around when they are on their medication. Quite often they start to feel happy and stop taking the pills. That's the exact point they should keep taking the pills because it shows the pills are working.

    The sad thing is that everyone is way to polite to tell them they are more fun when they are on medication.

    As for the suicide thing I knew a guy who had all kinds of problems and was unmotivated. He took the pills and got motivated and energetic and hung himself in his garage two weeks later. If he didn't take the pills I'm sure he'd still be alive today.
  7. billinthehills

    billinthehills member

    Nice to see this thread take back off. Really informative What did people do before all these miracle meds you see on T.V.? Don't get me wrong i am sure to some, they are needed. Back when I was a kid moms were big on cocktails and valium I am to assume for the same reasons. I still believe that a joint a day keeps the voices away.
    Last edited: May 5, 2009
  8. Lucy

    Lucy Well-Known Member

    I want to commend you for telling your story. That is hard to admit openly. Thank you for sharing your story.
    I was just on the phone at this exact time. My son in law is where you were.... he is so angry, so depressed. Just sits and plays video games when he is home and yells at the games. She can't get him to get help because he thinks it is everyone and everything else that is wrong. So awful to see my sweet daughter and grandson living like this. I can't do much, other than pray for them. I live an hours drive away. I have health issues that keep me from doing as much as I would like in life. I am also teaching food preservation classes at this time, so I am busy, too. I do have my own life here. I can't live her life for her. I realize that, too. Still, it hurts to see her like this.
    I take Lexapro. Works wonderfully for me. I had taken a couple other ones, but not for depression at the time. It was for my chronic back condition. They were so awful ! I felt like climbing the walls on them. However, once I did become depressed, I asked for help. The Lexapro makes me feel normal. I don't even know I am taking it other than I feel like myself again.
    If you need help, then get it. Keep trying different things until you find what is the right one for you. I am not saying to not deal with things on an emotional level. Dealing with the root issue is most important. However, if medication is needed, that is good, too.
    Even pioneer women had drug addictions. I forget the name of what they took. They also used herbs, like some still do today. St. Johns wort, things like that. People used to work hard physically, so they worked off stress. They dealt with other things, like crop failures and ran out of water, etc. We don't work as hard these days, at least most of us don't. They also ate good food they grew, not this genetically modified Frankenfoods. We don't even have real foods anymore. No wonder we feel lousy and have diseases.
    Everyone, take care the best you can !
  9. HarpeR

    HarpeR Guest

    This was on an anti-depressant? They gave you them after a back injury? I think they got the bottle mixed up with the Vicodin bottle!
  10. Dana

    Dana Guest

    I want to commend you for telling your story as well, Bunker.
    I am sorry to hear about your daughter and her family, Lucy. I hear stories such as this all too often and it makes my heart very sad.

    I also take Lexapro for depression and anxiety. It helps a teeny bit with the anxiety but mostly the depression. I have found that it isn't as easy as used to be to start tearing up or get emotional over a tv show.

    Now my biggest concern is am I going to have to take them for the rest of my life? If I stay on them for a long period of time then ween myself off, will I become depressed again? Will I start feeling fatigued again? Can you take anti-depressants when you are pregnant?
    Ah, so many questions about my future on anti-depressants...
  11. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I'd say if they work stay on them. It's no different than being a diabetic and having to take insulin. There are many people who need to take medication to keep their body in a normal healthy condition. There's nothing wrong with taking the medication you need. Take them and don't feel ashamed.
  12. 10101

    10101 Guest

    Good for you man! Sometimes you need to let the weight off your chest, an semi anonymous survival board is only the start of a long journey through your sole.

    Mind altering Drugs will "get you back on your feet" but you are on your own for the long term, after awhile these drugs do very little for you and then your back at square one.

    Find a good hobby to keep your mind occupied (survival), and laugh as much as you can, laughter really is the cure all!
  13. dukman

    dukman Greenhorn

    Nope, I was also on Flexeril and later Skelexan for the injury as well. They thought it would help me cope with the physical therapy baloney. I've only been prescribed Vicodin with dental work..

    I find nowadays that just going for a walk helps clear my head quite a bit and can be somewhat of a drug in itself. Maybe it is just that extra oxygen getting to the brain :D I really need to get onto the "salad a day" diet I put myself on at one time... it was amazing what good nutrition can do to ones outlook on things.
  14. Battly

    Battly Guest

    Looking into meditation might be a good idea as well. It can really help you calm anxieties and help get you feeling better about yourself and your condition.
  15. insidethebunker

    insidethebunker Member

    I'm appreciate the encouraging words. It hasn't been a fun journey but it's nice to at least understand why "I am who I am" and that's better then being lost in a fog.

    Also I'm glad to contribute... it's like those old sayings that start with "If I touched just one person" with my post I'm happy.

    I hope bankruptONselling found what he was looking for, here, or somewhere.

  16. rodgwo

    rodgwo Guest

    Xanax is one of those medicines which help in relieving anxiety and depression, but this medicine should only be used for small duration as this is habit forming drug and sometimes the withdrawal symptoms can be more depressing. The withdrawal from this medicine is a slow and gradual process rather than abrupt. Xanax works by slowing down the nervous system and hence relieves anxiety. The best way to get over anxiety and depression is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem.
  17. Nadine

    Nadine Guest

    I that may be spam above. Why would you say it's addictive then post a link in your signature trying to sell it to us?
  18. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

    I had an ex girlfriend who was on xanax. She stopped taking it and she went crazy.
  19. OldFashionedMama

    OldFashionedMama Partyin' like it's 1699

    thread revival.....

    Anxiety disorders run in my family. My mother has panic disorder and takes Zoloft. She feels "ashamed" that she has to take it, and has tried to take herself off it many times and ends up having more attacks. I started having depression issues when I was 16, but they were manifesting in not-so-regular ways. I tried several things but ended up taking St. John's Wort. In 6 months I was fine. Then when I was 20 I started having panic attacks-right around the age my mother started having them. I took something called Lorazepam (similar to Valium) whenever I started feeling like an attack was coming on. They seemed to go away and I haven't had one in a long, long time.

    Then I had kids.

    My kids are 4,3, and 1. The oldest two are 11.5 months apart in age. It has not been until VERY recently, like, the past two or three months that I've started to feel like a sane person again. Because of serious hormonal imbalances brought on by closely spaced pregnancies, I had plunged into this anxiety-driven rage cycle that subjected everyone around me to unspeakable anger and violence. I've been taking hormone therapy since January and I feel SO much better. My doctor knows that I can't keep taking the pills forever, and that if these symptoms return after I go off the pills we will need to do something more permanent. Basically ovulation turns me into Satan, so its either get my tubes tied or have a or the other will be a definite in my future.

    I feel especially bad for women because we seem to bear the worst of the emotional/mental ailments, and too often we don't seek help or don't try to understand the causes behind our troubles. I waited far too long to see a doctor, and the treatment was so simple-why did I wait??? No matter who you are, if you feel like something "just isnt' right" PLEASE do not wait until it gets bad. Seek help NOW.
  20. cattlefarmer

    cattlefarmer Guest

    I have been diagnosed with bipolar, ADHD, and dyslexia, but more or less I’m just a manic person. I have taken a bunch of different meds and have found that mild doses of epilepsy meds work best for me.

    There have been a few times that my manic went over board and I flopped right into a bad depression like episodes. I did end up with a tempory detaining order after 5 weeks after a medication change. I went 5 days without sleep and my shrink was out of town and I drove my self to the ER. I ended up getting locked up in a nut house for 18 days. The first 3 days I didn’t sleep. Once my shrink came back into town she was able to play with my meds to get me back to normal.

    Most shrinks will only use a set of drugs that they like and will not go out side of there realm. All metal problems are caused by misfiring in the brain just like epilepsy. Thyroid problems can show up as metal problems some times. If you’re having problems with side affects it might be worth looking at epilepsy meds but might have a hard time getting a shrink to try them on you.