Medications should not only improve your condition, but should also serve to maintain your sense of well-being. This means that you also have to take the medication even if you feel better. The idea of having to take one or more medications for a longer period of time frequently causes the afflicted person to be surprised and to become afraid. This is understandable and fully comprehensible!
A negative attitude toward medications "in itself", having heard about this medication from others that it supposedly "alters your personality" or "makes you dependent" and, last but not least, the belief that the development of a sense of well-being "no longer makes this therapy mandatory", are only a few of the reasons for rejecting the use of such a medication. Here, it is important that you speak about your fears openly!
Frequently, the correct information will allow you to alleviate your fears. The development of a particular concept of your illness is hereby important. Many of those who are affected nevertheless find it difficult to accept that they have a psychological illness. Suddenly, one should be one of the "crazies", your world view and self perception begin to become unhinged. When you are diagnosed as having a bipolar disorder, inform yourself about this illness, ask your therapist or one of the "old hands" in the self-help groups, who have had a great deal of experience with the illness and know how to deal with it.
There are also some affected persons, who do not take their medicines at all or only very irregularly. Thereby, however, there are reasons why such individuals should or must take their medications.
Here are some examples: