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1st Mar '17 6:26:52 PM elemt
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* In ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' one of Rebecca's first acts on moving to West Covina is to flush her all medication down the sink. Unfortunately most her problems came with her, and tossing out her anti-depressants and other meds wasn't a great idea. [[spoiler: To begin with, they were apparently what stopped her from having musical fugue episodes.]]
18th Feb '17 1:42:09 PM neckinhalf
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* A really dark example in ''Film/TheVoices''. Jerry takes medication at the behest of [[ItMakesSenseInContext one of his dead victims]] one night to help with his mental illness. When they kick in, they [[spoiler: reveal that his home is not a comfy, tidy spot where he has room to cut up his victims and hide them. It's a filthy hole and the mess he made trying to cut up his victims is right out in the open. He flushes the meds down the sink and everything is back to "normal" the next day.]]
8th Jan '17 12:49:01 PM Kinola
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In one notable incident, a young girl's medication actually disrupted her synesthesia. In her case, the shock of the loss cancelled out any good the medication might have done. Her doctor had to wean her off the medication as quickly as possible, afterwards, her synesthesia returned. Subverted in that the doctor later found a medication that would address the symptoms without impacting the patient's synesthesia.

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* In one notable incident, a young girl's medication actually disrupted her synesthesia. In her case, the shock of the loss cancelled out any good the medication might have done. Her doctor had to wean her off the medication as quickly as possible, afterwards, her synesthesia returned. Subverted in that the doctor later found a medication that would address the symptoms without impacting the patient's synesthesia.
30th Dec '16 4:25:09 PM nombretomado
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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Flash villain The Trickster isn't actually a bad sort, but only taking his medication when he's "feeling down" means he's also open to the delusions that make him go out and commit crimes. At the time Flash confronts him, both over the medication and to find out information, he isn't even aware he's in costume until it's pointed out to him. Said scene was an in-joke of sorts to the dramatic difference between the short-lived live action ''Series/TheFlash1990'' series, which portrayed Trickster as an insane Joker-rip off and the comic version of Trickster, who is more or less a villainous conman, who by the late 1990s had fallen into AntiHero territory as far as aiding the Flash against his former villainous allies. The fact that cartoon Trickster was voiced by MarkHamill, who played the live action version of Trickster (as well as voicing the Joker in the {{DCAU}}) added to the wink-wink to the audience.

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* {{Deconstructed}} in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'', Flash villain The Trickster isn't actually a bad sort, but only taking his medication when he's "feeling down" means he's also open to the delusions that make him go out and commit crimes. At the time Flash confronts him, both over the medication and to find out information, he isn't even aware he's in costume until it's pointed out to him. Said scene was an in-joke of sorts to the dramatic difference between the short-lived live action ''Series/TheFlash1990'' series, which portrayed Trickster as an insane Joker-rip off and the comic version of Trickster, who is more or less a villainous conman, who by the late 1990s had fallen into AntiHero territory as far as aiding the Flash against his former villainous allies. The fact that cartoon Trickster was voiced by MarkHamill, who played the live action version of Trickster (as well as voicing the Joker in the {{DCAU}}) Franchise/{{DCAU}}) added to the wink-wink to the audience.
5th Oct '16 2:24:05 AM foxley
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* Averted in ''Series/NewTricks''. If Brian "Memory" Lane stops taking his meds then, as he puts it himself (when he was speaking to a medicated schizophrenic), "I turn into Mr. Loopy, like you." A couple of episodes demonstrated this; when he didn't take his meds, he was intensely manic and unstable, and thus no good at his job whatsoever.
%%* Leads to tragedy in more than one episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}''.

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* Averted in ''Series/NewTricks''. If Brian "Memory" Lane stops taking his meds then, as he puts it himself (when he was speaking to a medicated schizophrenic), "I turn into Mr. Loopy, like you." A couple of episodes demonstrated this; when he didn't take his meds, he was intensely manic and unstable, and thus no good at his job whatsoever.
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* ''Series/{{CSI}}'': In "Recipe for Murder", a bipolar couple decide
to tragedy in more than stop taking their lithium together. The man goes completely manic, while the woman seemingly commits suicide. [[NeverSuicide The suicide ultimately turns out to be murder]], but one episode of ''Series/{{CSI}}''.brought about by her decision to stop medicating.
1st Oct '16 6:36:44 AM DesertDragon
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In fictionland, this tends to result in, at worst, hangover-like withdrawal and possibly a grudging admission that the medication helped, and at best, the pills having been only a MagicFeather and it was all in their heads. Cue CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and roll the credits. [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Reality, however, does not work this way]]: going off of psychiatric medications without medical supervision[[note]]Or at least, weaning yourself off rather than going cold turkey like the people in these examples[[/note]] [[DontTryThisAtHome can cause serious harm or even death]].

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In fictionland, this tends to result in, at worst, hangover-like withdrawal and possibly a grudging admission that the medication helped, and at best, the pills having been only a MagicFeather and it was all in their heads. Cue CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and roll the credits. [[TelevisionIsTryingToKillUs Reality, however, does not work this way]]: going off of psychiatric medications without medical supervision[[note]]Or at least, weaning yourself off rather than going cold turkey like the people in these examples[[/note]] [[DontTryThisAtHome can cause serious harm or even death]].
death]]. If the medication is a burden or its side effects are worse than what's being treated, alternatives may exist if one talks to their doctor.
16th Sep '16 1:48:43 AM herpderpded
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*Averted during ''{{Fanfic/Uplifted}}'s'' final installment Arrival. John Hoch is one contemporary drugs to keep himself from total collapse. Problem it the only option available is ''Pertivin'' an early form for methamphetamine. His Industrialist son, John is also on prescription stabilizers in the 1990's, but with him mixing it with booze and cocaine, it seems more like genuine addiction compared to needing it.
11th Sep '16 11:16:23 PM BlueCyth
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In one notable incident, a young girl's medication actually disrupted her synesthesia. In her case, the shock of the loss cancelled out any good the medication might have done. Her doctor had to wean her off the medication as quickly as possible, afterwards, her synesthesia returned. Subverted in that the doctor later found a medication that would address the symptoms without impacting the patient's synesthesia.
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10th Sep '16 10:23:49 AM maxwellsilver
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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', Reid's schizophrenic mother went without her meds when she was pregnant with him. She goes off them again during the timeline of the series in an attempt to remember an event from Reid's past.

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* In ''Series/CriminalMinds'', ''Series/CriminalMinds'':
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Reid's schizophrenic mother went without her meds when she was pregnant with him. She goes off them again during the timeline of the series in an attempt to remember an event from Reid's past.



* This is one of Series/{{House}}'s reasons to stop taking the Methadone, which cured his pain in the leg better than Vicodine, but he also felt that the lack of pain affected his deducting abilities. He uses the same argument in the first episodes of Season Six when Dr. Nolan insists in giving him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_serotonin_reuptake_inhibitor SSRIs,]] he's afraid of losing himself and his abilities. He ends up taking them, anyway.

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* ''Series/{{House}}'':
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This is one of Series/{{House}}'s Dr. House's reasons to stop taking the Methadone, which cured his pain in the leg better than Vicodine, Vicodin, but he also felt that the lack of pain affected his deducting abilities. He uses the same argument in the first episodes of Season Six when Dr. Nolan insists in giving him [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selective_serotonin_reuptake_inhibitor SSRIs,]] he's afraid of losing himself and his abilities. He ends up taking them, anyway.
10th Sep '16 5:15:03 AM 0nyx
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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[EruditeStoner Gamzee Makara]] is a nice guy who considers everybody his friends and would rather eat soporific slime pies with {{Mooks}} than fight them. [[spoiler: [[MonsterClown Then]] [[KillEmAll he]] [[AxCrazy runs out of slime...]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Gamzee''':"there is no more slime, brother. AND ANYWAY. shit was motherfucking poison, didn't you know?[...] it rots you. RUSTS YOUR MOTHERFUCKING THINK PAN. and the floor all stares back at you through the motherfucking hole. BUT THERE IS NO HOLE NOW]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': [[EruditeStoner Gamzee Makara]] is a nice guy who considers everybody his friends and would rather eat soporific slime pies with {{Mooks}} than fight them. [[spoiler: [[MonsterClown Then]] [[KillEmAll he]] [[AxCrazy runs out of slime...]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Gamzee''':"there is no more slime, brother. AND ANYWAY. shit was motherfucking poison, didn't you know?[...] it rots you. RUSTS YOUR MOTHERFUCKING THINK PAN. and the floor all stares back at you through the motherfucking hole. BUT THERE IS NO HOLE NOW]].
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