Saturday, December 3, 2022

Comments by SA1983

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  • That is a travesty. I am very sorry your sister died of psychiatry‘s Incompetence. I, too was misdiagnosed with Bipolar, ADHD, and Epilepsy and by age 36 was on 7 psychotropic medications against my will. I have since successfully tapered off all but one. Now I am not even on a therapeutic dose and have had no mood problems or recurrence of symptoms for a year and a half. My story will go public shortly. I am currently working with a Mad In America editor. I hope to help and inspire others in the same boat. Thank you for sharing.

  • I was on Adderall, Abilify, Seroquel, Zyprexa, Lamictal, and Vraylar at the same time since 2015. But my “forced intoxication” began at the age of nine 25+ years ago and needs further explanation. I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 9. Put on Ritalin and an antidepressant. By age 10, they diagnosed me with early-onset childhood Bipolar with psychosis and a seizure disorder. I was in and out of institutions over a dozen times the next 15 years. By my early twenties, five medications by age 30, six medications. Then 14 months ago, I had a bowel obstruction and was off all meds for seven days due to being NPO in the hospital.
    The doctors were baffled—no evidence of Bi-Polar, psychosis, or seizures. When I left the hospital, they put me on 6mg of only Vraylar. I have never been this stable!
    My family and I decided we needed a second opinion. My psychiatrist of 25 years said I have Bi-Polar and need the Vraylar for the rest of my life. My family and I disagreed and found a new holistic therapist.
    For four months, I’ve been tapering off the Vraylar, and again no mood problems or psychosis. I’ve not been on a therapeutic dose for two months. Another month I’ll be off Vraylar totally!
    I have worked full time the last six months and am getting off disability. I’ve been on disability for 20 years.
    I am concerned by the disturbing information in this article. Being on six psychotropic medications for over 20 years, do I need to be concerned about early-onset dementia? I had severe obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, and cholesterol most of my life. Since getting off all these meds, I have lost 70 pounds in the last 14 months, and recent blood tests are normal. My new holistic therapist believes I was misdiagnosed and was never mentally ill with Bi-Polar in the first place. Thank you for reading my short story. I hope I can help and inspire others in the same boat.

  • I was diagnosed with ADHD at age 9. Put on Ritalin and an antidepressant. By age 10 my behavior became worse and I developed Bi Polar with psychosis and a Seizure disorder. I was in and out of psychiatric institutions over a dozen times over the next decade. By age 25 I was taking 7 medications at once. A variety of 4 antipsychotics, 2 seizure meds, and Adderall. A year ago the most incredible thing happened. My body gave in. I had a massive bowel obstruction and was taken off all meds for 7 days cold turkey while in the hospital. No evidence of psychosis, Bi Polar, or seizures while off meds. When I left the hospital they put me only on Vraylar 6mg and I have never been this stable the last year.

    Now my psychiatrist insists the Bi Polar is in remission but my family and I believe I could have been misdiagnosed. I am working full time now and in the process of getting off disability I have been on since turning 18. I am now almost 38 years old. I am now seeing a holistic therapist who is working with me to see if I can get off the Vraylar long term. I am tapering down from 6mg to 1.5mg since May. I hope to stop taking the Vraylar in another month. He also believes I may have Asperger’s Syndrome not Bi Polar. Even that may be inaccurate?

    My family and I are mystified and frustrated why I had to take excessive amounts of medication for 20+ years. I hope to go public with my story to help others in the same boat.