So I’ve decided that I am going to be fully prepared for when I go to the doctor to get meds. I already know SSRI’s are out, and I know (from my research), that there are three classes of meds that are helpful with the symptoms that I experience (and that are associated with BPD): Antipsychotics, Mood Stabilizers, and a few Antieonvulsants that they’ve found have worked for stabilizing moods.
I’m collecting a list of each medication in each class (because each class of meds helps with a different set of symptoms…I’m prepared to hear that I may need to start more than one medication), and I’ve made a list of my symptoms. I’m going to research each medication and find out its common side effects (I’m really set against not gaining a bunch of weight just to feel better, because that will make me feel worse), and decide which meds I definitely don’t want, etc. Regardless, my goal is to know these medications so when he tells me what he is thinking he may put me on, I will be knowledgeable and will know what I’m getting into and can maybe even discuss the options rather than just taking whatever he gives me and calling it a day. I want to make an educated decision.
So that’s my homework for this weekend. I’ve already got it started.
Update: I’ve already decided this is a really bad idea and I’m not going to do it. I’m freaking myself out with all the crap I’m reading. I think I’ll just tell the doctor my concern with the weight gain type meds, and let him direct me from there. Case closed!