Should I Ask The Doctor For Meds?

Discussion in 'Medication' started by janemariesayed, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    As most of you know on here already I am not one for taking chemical medication and shy away from it as much as I can. The problem is that I don't remember to take them every day. Even If I do take one I don't remember if I have taken it by the afternoon. I can take meds for a few days religiously without forgetting, then days or weeks go by and I suddenly remember that I haven't taken my daily pill for ages.

    With this new therapy that I'm starting, (I have my second one tomorrow) I have been getting pretty low. I have been trying not to think about it but I have noticed that I am getting irritable. I'm shouting at my dogs and my neighbour when they haven't really done anything to warrant such reaction from me.

    I've also been having flashbacks and dreams, or should I say nightmares that I'm finding are bothering me increasingly more and more during the day.

    Thoughts of harming myself seem to be constantly in my mind with a background thought constantly telling me that there is no point. Thankfully my dogs being beside me give me the ever so quiet voice in my head telling me to struggle on regardless. I feel like this is a wasted life and it would be much easier to end it all and just start again. Surely I don't really want that do I? Surely I must want to get myself as well as I can and live. Surely, it must be my mixed up mind giving me these depressive thoughts.

    Do the pills work? I read all of your posts discussing them and I just don't know what to think at all. Should I ask my doctor for meds? If he gave them to me, how can I remember to take them every day, and how would I remember if I had actually taken one or not? My memory is very bad which according to my doctor is because of my depression and mental illness and he tells me that I will probably never get better from that. So do I get meds or not, and how do I remember to take them each day? I've tried keeping a record in my diary but that didn't work at all. I'm also scared of chemical meds.

    When I was 16 I tried to take an overdose of pills with whisky. Obviously, it didn't work as I am still in the life today writing this. But when I do get meds, I tend to save them up to take all at once at a later date ~ just in case! Any ideas please?
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  3. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    To be honest, I think if you have got to the point where you are thinking about asking the doctor for medication, then you may well need it. Your first port of call though should be the doctor, and these days it's not like it used to be were the doctor would prescribe medication at the drop of a hat. These days it's gone the other way and you have to really need it before they go down that route, so explain everything to the doctor like you have on here, and then take their advice.

    Many people don't like taking medication for various reasons, me being one of them, but sometimes we do need that extra little bit of help to get through what we are going through, and there's nothing wrong in admitting that. We all need help sometimes, and prescribed medication is just that, a little bit of help when we need it the most.
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  4. Concernedgal

    Concernedgal Well-Known Member

    I agree with @pwarbi . If you think you need meds than you might need them. Go buy yourself one if those Sunday thru Saturday pill container's and pre fill your meds for the week. That way you will know for sure whether or not you've taking it yet.
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  5. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Oh yes what a good idea @Concernedgal to get one of those containers, I remember seeing them now. I think I may be able to get one in the pound store. One of those would really help me to know if I had already taken my pill or not.

    I have a doctor appointment in two weeks. I have to wait until then unless I see a different doctor before and but I would rather see my own doctor as he knows me. I will be open and honest with him @pwarbi as you have suggested. He knows how I am with pills and I'm sure he will know what to do.
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  6. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    I'm one of those people that doesn't always agree that the doctor knows best no matter what, but in this situation I do think that his advice at least should be taken on-board. Even after speaking to him the decision to take the tablets or not is still entirely yours, but at least then you will have a professional opinion from a doctor that knows you and your history.
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  7. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Thanks, @pwarbi I do understand that it is my decision at the end of the day. Having sorted out the forgetting problem, which I still have to remember to take them each day. The compartment idea will tell me if I have remembered or forgotten. I think the way to remember is to put the compartment on my desk so I see it every day.

    I'm paranoid about the side effects and being that 1% that the side effect happens to so I may end up trying out a few before I find one that suits me.

    I appreciate the threads on this forum about meds so I'll be reading through them too to get a better picture of what might suit me. Or what side effects to expect.
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  8. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    Another thing to think about is that there are more people on medication now than what thee ever has been I would have thought, it's just that people don't make it well known. Just because a person is on medication for ANY illness or problem, doesn't mean that you have to declare it to everyone that asks, and I think in the past that will have put people off using medication when they have needed it. There was a certain stigma attached to taking prescription drugs, and there was a lot of horror stories around about people getting addicted to them.

    As with most things though, it's only the bad stories that are mentioned and there are many more positive stories regarding people taking medication and it being effective. It's just that those people tend not to mention the fact they are on medication in the first place, never mind actually saying if it works or not.
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  9. janemariesayed

    janemariesayed Junior Member

    Well, I got one of those containers so I would be able to tell if I had already taken my pill or not. It was easy to find in the pound shop and takes pills for one month. I went to the doctor though and he says he's not going to give me any pills. He says he wants me to try the talking therapy first. He's trying to find me a therapist as well as they only do 10 sessions.

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