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Hi there

My name is Kelly and I live in Victoria Australia,

I have found Doctors in Australia and Great Britain love to give prescriptions to me without asking a great deal of questions. If I don't tell them I was diagnosed with Bipolar 2 disorder back in London in 1997 they will treat me completely different. I have found a few wonderful caring and more holistic style of GP over the years. I find that working hard eating well and getting plenty of sleep and exercise helps me a hell of a lot more than drugs they love prescribing to me. Luckily I have generally cut down on Meds as soon as possible and don't appear to get horrible repercussions after weaning from them and generally feel ok

one side affect I experienced in lock up in London was lock jaw with the most petrifying hallucinations... It was that moment I made up my mind to try and take the least medication as possible. I found a chiropractor 5 years ago who was adamant that giving drugs to depressed or hypomanic people will cause multiple problems with our mental health and that stress and trauma almost always are a key factor. A body with pain and mentally disturbed behaviour has so many avenues that need be be explored without drugging people against their will and locking them away.

I was so glad to be contacted through messenger by a member of another group inviting me to another page that teach a much better approach that has already proven to be better for us that says it's ok to stop medication and not push it... And the proof that Psychiatric Doctors are only making money for pharmaceutical giants. I will happy if I never have to take Meds after I am completely drug free.

than you

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Hi Kell and welcome to SA (from another Aussie),


It sounds like you are taking proactive measures to look after yourself as best as you can.  SA strongly encourages members to learn and use non drug coping skills.  Non-drug techniques to cope with emotional symptoms and learn Acceptance


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Hi there,

so in November 1997 I was hospitalised in London under a Section 2 for 28 days.

I was given Helaperidol and Thiamine B1.

Interesting time as they would not let me out as I did not like the side affect from the medication and I am Australian and they told me I had no Rights under the Mental HealthAct.

I was commenced on Lithiam and my brother rescued me on Christmas Eve and we flew back to Australia. I have a few years of so called normal moods and the fact I knew I was getting into a hypomanic state, I decided to find a new Dr. who was so understanding and encouraging. I commenced Tegretol which was ok and then found out I was pregnant so stopped taking it? My daughter is 20 now and all the drugs the Doctors have told me to take have been awful and had terrible side affects. Resperidone made my brain short circuit and Seraquel made me fat.. Prozac did nothing and epalim was useless. Aropax, Olandzapine, Lamictal etc make me want to be more dead than having nothing.. I having found stress free healthy living and eating well are the key.. Plus Good sleep habits

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Hi Kell, @Kell

And welcome.

Yes, it's okay to try to get drug free!

It sounds like you may have been re-medicated after you gave birth 20 years ago......I can't quite tell.

If you have been on and off many medications for 20 plus years, it is best to take time to educate oneself, prior to getting off your remaining medications.


I can give you some links to some of the key information topics that I hope you will take time to become familiar with before commencing tapering again.

And I commend you for already finding some non-drug things that help......reducing stress, healthy living and eating, and good sleep habits.


What is withdrawal syndrome?

lot's of other topics of interest indexed in the first post there


Why taper by 10% of my dosage


Can you tell us what drug(s) you are on now?

You'll see a post above your last one, with links to doing a signature.  Just follow those instructions, and that should provide the information, as far as what you are on now, and a brief history.


This is your introduction page.  Like your own little home here.   You've introduced yourself to the community, and this is the best place to post any questions around your specific situation, as well as keep a record of your journey from here on out.   Welcome aboard.


Best, Love, peace, healing, and growth,

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Rounding up to 30 years of medications(30 medication trials, poly-pharmacy maximum was 3 at one time).

5/28/2015-off Adderal salts 2.5mg. (I had been on that since hospital 10/2014)

12/2015---just holding, holding, holding, with trileptal/oxcarb at 75 mg. 1/2 tab at hs.  My last psycho med ever!  Tapered @ 10% every 4 weeks, sometimes 2 weeks to

2016 Dec 16 medication free!!

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Herb and alcohol free since 5/15/2016.  And.....I quit smoking 11/2021. Lapsed.  Redo of quit smoking 9/28/2022.  Can you say Hallelujah?(took me long enough)💜

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