Research Medications.

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I used to get my meds tweaked way too often. I blame most of that on how young and uninformed I was. I was put on benzodiazepines immediately after having one panic attack. I was only 19 when I was prescribed klonopin 6mg a day as needed for anxiety. That is a ridiculous amount. I did not know benzodiazepines were dangerously addictive and nearly impossible (I’ve tried numerous times) to stop. The withdrawals are unbearable.

I have been prescribed everything under the sun for anxiety, ADD and of course mood stabilizers and antipsychotics. Some work very well, others just made it worse.

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We also can’t rely solely on psychiatric medications to maintain our lives. We have to do the internal work on ourselves as well. I still take medications, but I take half of what I used to. Research and ask questions about any meds that are being prescribed to you because you don’t necessarily have to take what a doctor suggests, there may be other alternatives.

Published by capricious.capo

I am diagnosed as Bipolar 1. I am an advocate for mental health awareness and have helped fundraise towards nonprofit organizations like NAMI. I write about my own personal struggles and success stories to help end a national stigma that hurts and alienates those who battle mental illness. Beyond fighting for mental health awareness, I am tech nerd, hair enthusiast, film buff and music lover. I love my family and support system with all my heart. I have green hair and tattoos because I want to. I’ve always stood out in one way or another. I studied photography and received an associates degree. I have my high school AP literature teacher to thank for inspiring me to pursue journalism, and for writing me a heartfelt letter of recommendation that I still have as a reminder. High school was a decade ago, but in times like these, Publishing an opinionated, personal and maybe controversial blog about living with a mood disorder seemed like a good enough start.

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