Why people with mental illness stop taking their medication
Most of us, at sometime, have not taken our pills exactly as the doctor said
to. For example, many people stop taking the number of
antibiotics once they start to feel better, even though the doctor said to take
Why may people with mental illness stop taking their
There are many reasons why people with mental
stop taking their medications. Some of them are listed
|They feel better now and so they think they do not need the
|They do not think they are mentally ill.|
|They do not think the pills are helping.|
|They feel embarrassed about taking the pills.|
|They do not like the side effects, such as weight gain or
When are people with mental illness more likely to take
|If they are educated about the illness|
People with mental illness need to know that they have a
medical condition and that they need pills to treat it, just like other
people need pills for diabetes.
|If they have a medication schedule that is as simple as
If possible, the person should try to talk with the doctor
about taking pills only once or twice a day.
|If they take medications at regular times|
Taking medications at the same time every day helps it to
become a habit. For example, if someone takes medications 3
times per day, they might want to take them with their meals.
|If they use pill minders|
Many people find it helpful to use a pill minder for their
medications. A pill minder is a container used to sort out their
medications for a week at a time. Some have one compartment for each day of the
week and some have three compartments per day. pill minders
can help people to remember that they did take
their medications. If the person is not sure if they took their
medication, all they have to do is check if the box is empty. If
it is the medication has been taken! The person can ask their
doctor or nurse for a pill minder or buy one at the local
|If they use written and verbal reminders|
It may help to keep a medication log that can be checked off
after each dose is taken. Also, family members can remind the
person with mental illness when it is time to take medications, if
the person wants help.
|If they are given praise and rewards for taking
Everyone likes to hear that they are doing a good job. If
your relative is taking their medications regularly, let them
know you are proud. Getting praise makes people more likely to
continue doing what they are doing.
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