The to-Temazepam or not-to-Temazepam Debate

I have been prescribed some Temazepam, to help me sleep.

It sits, alongside all the other well-intended treatment, in my kitchen cupboard, whilst I toss, and turn, and wait for the panic to wear itself out–

I have never been very good with medication.

I don’t trust that it will do what it’s supposed to do and I’m not very good at giving up control. I am particularly cautious with anything that threatens to change my mind – or alter my mood – or moderate my feelings -

Nope, I’d rather toss– and turn – and sweat through the anxiety because, however uncomfortable that feels, it is, at least, more comfortable then letting go –

Or giving in –

Or accepting help.

Which I don’t do well.

So, instead, I struggle through – because I can get there on my own, thank you very much – and I remain adamant that I will find the cure. By my self. I grin and bear it – because it’s better the devil you know – and I maintain a precise control of the workings of my mind – which belongs to me.

I have stayed away from psychiatric drugs (with the added fear of weight gain); snubbed the support of nicotine patches (which might be deceptive); resisted the name of the antipsychotics (who, me?); got far too anxious even considering anti-anxiety meds (which defeats the purpose); and remain a bit wary of anything sleep related (because I might not wake up)…

It would be interesting to back track and see what would have happened if I’d said yes – instead of no.

There’s no disputing that free choice is essential – only I couldn’t guarantee that my choice has been freely made; because, really, my cupboard full of medicine is not an advertisement for psychiatric drugs or chemically coated cures, but a metaphor for how difficult it is to –

Let go of the control –

And commit to something different –

And accept a little help.

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2 Responses to “The to-Temazepam or not-to-Temazepam Debate”

  1. Caitlin says:

    I totally identify with this. I was a staunch advocate of the anti-psychiatry movement and believed drugs were the easy way out. Like you I was scared of what they would do to me. I gave in when I realised my life could be no worse. It has taken years to find the right meds, but I could not survive without them. Your post reminded me how sorely I wish I had taken the meds prescribed when I was 15. I am more than twice that now and have ended up on the same ones I refused as a teen…..if onle I could get back those years!

    Now, i say ‘yes’, to almost everything. I I don’t like it, if it doesn’t work – I stop.

  2. melissa says:

    I think that approach is true for all of recovery…I was so busy looking for the ‘perfect’ answer first time round that I forgot to do the crucial trial and error learning. There are no wrongs and rights really – it’s about learning what helps you, as an individual.