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In which it’s bullshit in Homeland

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You know what I hate? I hate when you’re watching a show on TV and the writers do something that is ridiculous and you really like the show and you just want to yell at it.

 

Case in point: HOMELAND.  Now if you don’t watch Homeland you’re probably thinking blah, blah, blah and “I don’t care about this post, etc.” but I have a point.  Well, I hope I have a point.

 

Other than the fact that I hate half the storylines and I totally wish they would kill Brody off something really bugged me the other week. You see, they say that Carrie is “bi-polar” and they have her go on and off her meds.

 

The thing is that as someone who is somewhat bi-polar (not like her though) I know for a fact that just cold turkey stopping meds is really, really asking for trouble.  I am, in fact, very reactive to changes in medication and have been told on good authority that most people with “bi-polar disorder” are also very reactive to medications.

 

One of my greatest fears is going on a trip and forgetting my meds.  Why? Because if I forget a dose and meds drop then I get dizzy and nauseous and it’s just plain bad news.  Therefore, if I was on meds and literally just flushed them down the toilet (as Carrie did) then I would probably be ill in bed within the next 24-48 hours.

 

But not her, no she was just fine.  And that’s a problem for me because they like to say that they paint a realistic version of a person with this disorder and they certainly make her manic A LOT but if she was that drugged up and just quit she’d be sick in bed and not running around catching spies.

 

It really bugs me that they portray the whole thing as something “fixable” and not as what it really is which is a “day by day” tweak where you’re fine and functional but you still have mood swings but they’re just not as bad.

 

One thing that must be done is to maintain your meds on a consistent basis.

 

Ok, I’m done. It just annoyed me because I don’t think it’s true that you can just quit and be fine.
I would be curious to hear what you guys think, not just about Homeland, but about just quitting meds.

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10 Comments

  1. Mayor Gia
    November 7, 2013

    As far as Homeland goes, I am JUST SO SICK OF DANA WHY IS SHE SO IMPORTANT WHY WHY WHY?!

    As far as meds, I can’t personally speak to that but I’m sure you’re being more realistic.
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    • Lynn
      November 7, 2013

      Hopefully Dana is gone now

  2. Gerri
    November 7, 2013

    I agree with you! I’m not bi-polar, but I do take meds for depression. If I miss one dose, I’m dizzy and have a pounding headache. I can’t even imagine how sick I would get if I quite cold turkey!

    • Lynn
      November 8, 2013

      i know right? when she flushed them down the toilet i thought “I’d keel over and die” from withdrawal

  3. Name *
    November 7, 2013

    Well, it’s definitely a better show than Sleepy Hollow.

    You should watch this, “Homelamb”: http://youtu.be/v1zL106SGZ8

  4. Julie
    November 7, 2013

    I would go as far as to say it is enormously irresponsible. It sends a very wrong message.

    • Lynn
      November 8, 2013

      agreed

  5. Renee
    November 9, 2013

    I don’t watch Homeland, but I totally agree. You just cannot fuck with your meds. That shit is dangerous and if you are on medication you need to be weaned off.

    Flushing your meds is something only a crazy person would do.

    (Cracking myself UP here. I have done that, I’ve seen it done, and it ain’t pretty.)

  6. Andrea
    November 15, 2013

    Huh. See, as someone who is NOT bi-polar, when I see Carrie go off her meds, my reaction is: uh oh….sh!t is gonna hit the fan now! I admit i’m not looking at it through the eyes of someone who can relate, just wanted to let you know that what I’m taking away from it is Carrie goes a little…intense…when she’s off her meds, and usually nothing good comes from it.

    • Lynn
      November 18, 2013

      exactly…but it’s HOW she goes off them that bugs me

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