Been taking it for I think 2 years now for bipolar II disorder. I'm starting to wonder if I really need it. A lot of my real bad hypomanic episodes were triggered by paradoxical reactions to benzos (2 days on Klonopin and I'm screaming at people and breaking shit), and high-stress women I have since eliminated. I've recently graduated, moved, and been trying to find a job. The downtime and all has given me a lot of time for self-improvement stuff. I've begun noticing that my memory and cognitive abilities have definitely declined over the past couple of years. This is beginning to impact my life more and more drastically. I become frustrated, and when I'm frustrated, I turn apathetic. Not really helpful. Not to mention, when I used to drink more, I started getting hangovers REALLY easily. Like 4 beers, and I'd feel like complete shit the next day. I'm only 25, BTW. It's increased my acne (and moved some to my chest and back), and may have given me some weight gain issues. Anywho, considering dropping it. I'm looking for an outside opinion, specifically from those who take/have taken this stuff. If it were easier to start taking again, it wouldn't be such a debate for me. I know the answer is normally to speak with a doctor first, but I know he will instantly say I should be on something. I'd like to consider myself a lot more familiar with pharmaceuticals and psychiatry than many others around me, so I'm comfortable making my own decision here, and setting up a discontinuation plan for myself. Input?