The perception of compliance deserves a more far-reaching value for the benefits of those who embrace it. Compliance represents an essential step needed to be taken in order to properly manage a mental condition especially in the case of bipolar patients. To embrace compliance serves as a lifestyle bridge to stabilization and recovery. The “on and off” effect of not following the medication treatment plan of your doctor’s orders is the catalyst for producing self-induced, “rollercoaster pikes” in the arrival of your symptoms. The management of symptoms can only be accomplished by total compliance. There is an unfortunate, growing trend with consumers to discontinue their medication when they arrive at “feeling better”, which often leads to detrimental relapse consequences. Meaning, it is truly risky to stop your prescribed medications that help maintain your functional stability due to the unpredictable episodes that are likely to occur. I am a living witness that non-compliance can rob you of time to live a fulfilled life in the overtaking way of how the condition can consume your quality of life.
My past personal encounter with concluding that I could resolve my symptoms by means of my own efforts only yielded me frustration and disappointment. Non-compliance can result in the continuous cycle of being readmitted into psychiatric hospitals, known as my dad’s coined phrase, “the revolving door”. I have experienced how not complying with your treatment plan leaves you continuously swirling down away from the wholeness of recovery and remission. With carelessness, I have experienced repercussions for these actions that were sometimes very severe in my failure to adhere to mental health advice and plans. During my season of non-compliance, I often “played doctor” by taking myself off my medication by my own will as denial continued to deepen. Now, as a recovered, highly-productive individual in society through many lessons from the error of my inadequate application of compliance, I realized that stability is only possible by addressing the potential hindrances that hold you back. Hence, I have concluded that there are 3 steps to help consumers defeat non-compliance.
Acceptance- Dismiss denial by facing your diagnosis head-on
Attentiveness- Devotion towards self-care and learning more about your personal symptoms
Activation- Discipline to adhere to your treatment plan and build a relationship with your doctor
Ericka Nicole Gillard, B.S.
Excerpts from her upcoming book,
“The Blessing Lessons: From Battles to Blessings”k here to edit.