I have recently quit medication. I was on the meds for a little less than 6 years.
It was for an acute psychotic episode, then a relapse a year later.
I have made a full recovery and haven't had any relapses in almost 5 years.
When I was really struggling back in '08, I had to go to a mental health hospital.
Being in there, for 6 weeks, I realised that I never wanted to return to that place.
So I did something about my sitch. I started exercising, eating well. I even got through
an apprenticeship, and now still work fulltime. I must say that the medication helped,
but it was really the self drive that helped me. Since all then I have been learning a
language twice a week at nights, riding my bicycle to work and married the most
important girl, who stood by me when I started getting paranoid ideas. I just wanted to
mention the pyschotic episodes were not drug related, they were brought on by daily pressures
compunded by a health scare. When I had the relapse, I also was battling Non Hodgkin's
Lymphoma. I must say having a good insight, having a great shrink (psychiatrist), a feeling of
worth ( a job) and good people near was how I quit medication and have been going up ever since.
Thank you for reading. If anyone needs some help I will do my best to offer some advice.