off (one's) meds

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off (one's) meds

1. Literally, not taking one's prescribed medications. I've been able to think more clearly after going off my meds—my mind doesn't feel as foggy. I knew as soon as she walked in that she was off her meds—she never acts that way when she's on her regimen.
2. Crazy or insane. Potentially offensive due to the implication of mental illness. She's off her meds if she thinks she can come in here and talk to me in that tone of voice! When Paul suddenly decided to pick up and move across the country, everyone said he must be off his meds.
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off one’s meds

phr. acting strangely. Man, what a temper! Must be off her meds.
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He says that he decided to name it that because he comes up with his funniest cartoons when he temporarily goes off his meds.
He is now in police custody as the prime suspect in both Ciara and Charlotte's kidnappings and has questioned whether he had an episode while off his meds and committed the crimes.
I suggest you educate yourselves and also learn empathy, a little bit of wisdom and a drop of humility Arran Lewis I would much rather give my children natural products than synthetic prescription drugs any day Kirsty Davies My grandson has ADHD and difficult behaviour, he was on medication for it which we weren't happy about, he's now came off his meds due to high blood pressure, which we are glad he's off them but now the difficult behaviour erupts!
I suggest you educate yourselves and also learn empathy, a little bit of wisdom and a drop of humilityArran Lewis I WOULD much rather give my children natural products than synthetic prescription drugs any day Kirsty Davies MY grandson has ADHD and difficult behaviour, he was on medication for it which we weren't happy about, he's now came off his meds due to high blood pressure, which we are glad he's off them but now the difficult behaviour erupts!
'' Most of the time he's cool, but he must have been off his meds
"'He was off his meds': Son charged in mother's murder" reports on a man in Worcester, Mass., who had "mental illness but had been off his medications." Allegedly, persistent thoughts of hurting his mother eventually led to actual assault, and he hit and stabbed her to death.
Add a few espressos, a teenage son or daughter, and a customer who is clearly off his meds, and now a two-hour learning curve for that software becomes the end of the world.
Cam is a schizophrenic who has come off his meds. Shaz is a pregnant Muslim lesbian who has run away from her family, while Dave is a former Army officer and ex-prisoner.
His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel "normal" again.
He has been on and off his meds because he wants to know who he truly is, so throughout this story readers follow him nine days med-free.
In 2012 he went off his meds because they made him feel groggy and listless.
It turns out Jerry is "off his meds" meaning he hears voices and embarks on a series of slayings that culminate in keeping his victims' heads in his fridge.
A Hitchcockian cast of characters who shift from good to bad, plot twists muddled by a patient off his meds, and mind games where you aren't ever sure who's winning or losing, keep the reader guessing until the very last chapter.
This time, Galifianakis' insufferable man-child Alan has gone off his meds and is out of control.
"[Taleb's] Everest-sized ego gives the book the tone of a brilliant dinner party guest off his meds. ...