The Truth About Taking Medication for Mental Illness

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As people with mental illnesses, we’ve heard it all.

“Medications for mental illness are dangerous and addictive!”

“You don’t really NEED that!”

“All you need is nature, and fresh air!”

“It’s all in your head!”

It’s time to put a stop to spreading false, harmful information about those who choose to take medication.

Mental illnesses are illnesses which effect the brain. The brain is an organ, just like your heart. If you wouldn’t shame someone for taking medication for a heart condition, you shouldn’t shame someone for taking medication for a mental health condition.

Isn’t it funny how if pretty much any other part of our body is sick or hurt, there’s no stigma, but when it comes to the brain, there’s a ton?

No one who takes medication to help their condition should feel ashamed for doing so. It does not make them weak, wrong, or misguided. While not for everyone, medication can and does help lots of people in huge ways. 

I, for example, have had my life totally changed with the help of the right medication. Sure, it took a couple different tries to find the right one for me. Yes, there were some minor, annoying side effects. But my medication, in addition to good therapy, gave me my life back.

Many people fear that taking medication will make them a different person, but my medication allows me to be myself.

There are risks and different things to consider before trying medications for mental illness, just like there are for any medication for any type of condition. But if someone who is struggling wants to consider this option and talk about it with their doctor, there should be no stigma holding them back.

Everyone should feel free to explore all their treatment options, including natural remedies, talk therapies, and medications, without being judged or harassed.

Let’s stop giving unsolicited advice to people about the way they handle their own health.

Let’s start educating people on the truth about medication for mental illness.

Let’s start treating mentally ill people with respect.

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