This may be due to a variety of reasons, such as 1) fear of stigma, 2) prior negative experience with medications, 3) concern about side effects, 4) fear of being labeled crazy, 5) fear of not being in control of your life, 6) feeling that medications make you powerless or weak and not able to handle this yourself, 7) fear that medication could make things worse, 8) shame over your illness 9) feeling that taking medication makes you a failure somehow.
Fortunately, current medications are generally well tolerated, even at higher doses. If you are wondering whether medication would be helpful for your symptoms or not, below is a list of symptoms that are associated with a positive response to medication. The symptoms on this list are biologic in nature, which is why they respond well to the biologic intervention.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you might want to discuss this with your healthcare provider.
Symptoms Associated with Positive Response to Medication*
I hope this helps make the decision a bit easier for you.
Remember to do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Talk to someone who is informed and who understands.
*Adapted from This Isn't What I Expected by Kleiman & Raskin (Da Capo Press)