the kilmer cure (thekilmercure) wrote,
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Let’s talk about drugs.

Drugs are a fact of life for the bipolar patient. I have said it before, but mental health professionals basically have one mode with bipolar patients: drug and release. If you are going to be in treatment, you will be in treatment your whole life. And this means being on drugs for your whole life.

A still from 'Thunderheart'
In Lakota, the pipe is called channúnpa wakhan. Val’s expression is called hilarious.

Which would be fine, if being on psych meds was like popping a daily low-dose aspirin: good for you, and with minimum side effects.

It isn’t.

A still from 'Wonderland'
I’m glad I’m not a heroin addict. It seems really inconvenient.

Even when they’re working properly and you’re taking them exactly how you should, psych meds have an enormous number of side effects. I’ve lost weight, gained weight. I’ve gone weeks without sleeping, and then they put you on sleeping meds and you still can’t sleep, so you’re just the walking dead. Depakote made me feel nothing. Cymbalta made me feel so much—everything—that I had to be tranquilized.

If you are going to be in treatment, you will be in treatment your whole life.

This means being on drugs for your whole life.

Tags: bipolar disorder, drugs
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