hello i just joined this community.
exactly 19 days i went off all my medication.
i have bipolar ll disorder, OCD, GAD and EDNOS.
strangely enough i feel exactly the same now as when i was on medication. and i really had quite a neat drug cocktail.
anyway i just thought i would say hello
Omg I am sooo happy this community exists! Every time I tell a dr. or friend that I do not believe in medication, they think I'm crazy or something.
I guess it all started when I worked as a pharmacist technician and the pharmacist told me that dr's don't know 90% of what drugs do to the body. He said they're not researched hardly at all. This really woke me up and then I took an alternative medicine class in college where my Professor was a Nurse practicioner for 25 years and then discovered hollistic medicine and swears by it. After what she taught, I pretty much realized when you're sick, it's your body telling you there's something seriously wrong and you shouldn't cover it up you should get to the bottom of why it's happening in the first place.
But now for my questions, I have mild to severe anxiety with the occasional panic attack. It has been happening more and more lately and especially I think because I have a big 15 hour flight coming up that I'm pretty nervous about. I went to a dr and they immediately prescibed xanax even though I told her I didn't want to take it. Is there an alternative to taking that? I have a friend who had to go to rehab for a year because he got hooked on xanax and I'm pretty hesitant about taking it.
I have also been diagnosed with a pineal cyst and was wondering if anyone knew about that and again, another alternative measure I could take to counteract that. I really appreciate the help and the existence of this community.
Im not medicated
I have been offered meds by a few GPs and psychiatrists for depression but I have always refused... im not sure why, fear? denial? I dont know but I have had depression for 4 + years and an eating disorder for 2 years.
Im concidering meds now though... and I just wanted your views on meds.
excuse the spelling.
Anyway, i'm starting to realize i have more than a few issues with angziety. Has anyone found a good way to deal with it without taking meds?
it will be over stupid shit ususallly but i can't get my brain/psychie to settle.