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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]].
29th Aug '16 2:46:11 PM DocProfessor
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* WebVideo/GameGrumps: Danny's story about beating his depression during a trip to France, finalizing it by throwing his medication in a lake as a sign he no longer needed it. Later, he clarifies that not everyone should do this and that he got extremely lucky with being able to get away with it without repercussion.
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23rd Aug '16 11:49:18 PM Morgenthaler
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* The [[AnimalCollective Panda Bear]] song "Take Pills" is about getting off of antidepressants.
* The {{Switchfoot}} song "Mess of Me" states "There ain't no drug to make me well".
* {{The Wall}} directly mentions this in the form of Pink's {{BSOD Song}} The Wall Part 3. "I don't need no walls around me./I don't need no drugs to calm me!/I have seen the writing on the wall./Don't think I need anything at all!" By this point Pink has finally realized that he must come to face with the problems of his life that lead him to build the eponymous wall having been removed from the hedonistic lifestyle he built up as a rock artist to escape it, making this instance especially poignant. Somewhat {{justified}} in that even those drugs that aren't flat-out illegal are given to him by a quack who cares more about getting him back on stage than about his well-being, although in RealLife rehab overseen by a competent professional would probably have been a smarter option than self-administered cold turkey.

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* The [[AnimalCollective [[Music/AnimalCollective Panda Bear]] song "Take Pills" is about getting off of antidepressants.
* The {{Switchfoot}} Music/{{Switchfoot}} song "Mess of Me" states "There ain't no drug to make me well".
* {{The Wall}} Music/TheWall directly mentions this in the form of Pink's {{BSOD Song}} The Wall Part 3. "I don't need no walls around me./I don't need no drugs to calm me!/I have seen the writing on the wall./Don't think I need anything at all!" By this point Pink has finally realized that he must come to face with the problems of his life that lead him to build the eponymous wall having been removed from the hedonistic lifestyle he built up as a rock artist to escape it, making this instance especially poignant. Somewhat {{justified}} in that even those drugs that aren't flat-out illegal are given to him by a quack who cares more about getting him back on stage than about his well-being, although in RealLife rehab overseen by a competent professional would probably have been a smarter option than self-administered cold turkey.
18th Aug '16 10:05:23 PM TheCuza
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* Depicted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with Lily Bowen. Like most Nightkin, Lily has schizophrenia (she hallucinates that "Leo" is telling her to "do bad things") and sometimes goes into psychotic fits where she becomes violent and uncontrollable (such as when she's reduced to 1/4 health). However, she keeps some semblance of sanity due to her medication, but she only takes half the recommended dosage. You can advise her to keep doing that, take the full dose (which causes her to stop having psychotic fits, but makes her forget her grandchildren), or stop taking the medicine altogether (which causes her to have fits at 1/2 health, but buffs her stats permanently). If you tell her to stop taking the meds her ending shows that [[spoiler:her sanity kept slipping until she became [[SplitPersonalityTakeover permanently stuck in the psychotic mode]]]].

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* Depicted in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with Lily Bowen. Like most Nightkin, Lily has schizophrenia (she hallucinates that "Leo" "[[SplitPersonality Leo]]" is telling her to "do do bad things") things) and sometimes goes into psychotic fits where she becomes violent and uncontrollable (such as when she's reduced to 1/4 health). However, HP she will lapse into a psychotic UnstoppableRage and be until every enemy in the area is dead, preventing you from bringing up the companion wheel and giving her orders or healing her (and as she is below 1/4 HP this may be a problem). She keeps some semblance of sanity due to her medication, but she only takes half the recommended dosage. dosage because taking the full dosage makes her memories hazy and she starts to forget her grandchildren. You can advise convince her to keep doing that, take start taking the full dose (which causes stops her to stop having psychotic fits, breaks but makes lowers some of her forget her grandchildren), or stop stats), keep taking the medicine altogether half-doses, or go off her meds entirely (which causes triggers her to have fits psychotic breaks at 1/2 health, HP but buffs some of her stats permanently). If you tell stats). [[spoiler:If she has gone off her to stop taking meds, the meds her ending shows narration reveals that [[spoiler:her sanity kept slipping until her mind eventually deteriorates completely and she became [[SplitPersonalityTakeover permanently stuck in the psychotic mode]]]].becomes little more than a howling, bloodthirsty animal.]]
21st Jul '16 6:38:29 PM rcobleigh
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When a character takes medication for a mental illness, they might feel that something that [[BroughtDownToNormal made them unique is taken away]]. Alternatively, the side effects make them miserable, or they might [[ConsultingMisterPuppet miss their friends]]. It is also common both in reality and fiction for individuals with a mental illness to get on their meds, become functional, then decide they are "cured" because the symptoms are gone, and come to the conclusion that they don't really need the medication any more. Other frequent causes for people deciding to stop taking their medicin includes getting [[EpiphanyTherapy some kind of epiphany]], or believing to have found the AllNaturalSnakeOil. So the character (or sometimes a parent/guardian) decides to drop the BlessedWithSuck meds, and live life insane but alive, often accompanied by a shot of the character throwing the bottle of pills in the trash.

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When a character takes medication for a mental illness, they might feel that something that [[BroughtDownToNormal made them unique is taken away]]. Alternatively, the side effects make them miserable, or they might [[ConsultingMisterPuppet miss their friends]]. It is also common both in reality and fiction for individuals with a mental illness to get on their meds, become functional, then decide they are "cured" because the symptoms are gone, and come to the conclusion that they don't really need the medication any more. Other frequent causes for people deciding to stop taking their medicin medicine includes getting [[EpiphanyTherapy some kind of epiphany]], or believing to have found the AllNaturalSnakeOil. So the character (or sometimes a parent/guardian) decides to drop the BlessedWithSuck meds, and live life insane but alive, often accompanied by a shot of the character throwing the bottle of pills in the trash.
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