Mental Health Medication | Breaking the Stigma

There is soo much stigma around the idea of being medicated for your mental health. So much so that I waited for a ridiculously long time before talking to a doctor about my anxiety and wanting to try medication, and I was so worried that I didn’t even tell my parents when I started it. I really wish I had something like this to read when I was making the decision to give medication a try.

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I know you have heard all the cliches before, but honestly if someone had diabetes and was taking medication for it, do you think they would be judged? Would they be called weak for not just fighting it without the medication? Would people ask them, oh have you tried just getting more exercise or having a bubble bath to soothe your anxiety (or other disorder)? I really don’t think anyone ever would assume or suggest any of those things! So why is still so okay for people to question our decisions when we decide that we need to give medication a try or our mental health’s sake?

I am totally all for the idea that medication should go alongside many other lifestyle changes, such as seeking counselling and self care practises. And we need to remember that medication is not a fix all solution, you won’t be magically be cured! It’s just there to take the edge off and give you a little bit of relief and make your life that little bit easier to live! Mental health is so so important and if you need to take a tablet everyday to help yourself along then so be it.

When you want to start talking about the idea of medication, and what your options may be make sure you go to a GP that you trust and who will listen to what you have to say. It’s such a big step to take for you to step forward and ask for help, and the last thing you need is a doctor who has no empathy and doesn’t understand mental health (I’ve met a few grr). If you have friends who are in the same boat as you it might be a good time to ask them for advice on who to see, or use our wonderful friend google to look up local doctors and see if they specialise in mental health! There will be plenty out there, it just takes some research! They may refer you to a psychiatrist or other specialist, or sometimes they are trained enough to help you! Whatever the case is, just trust in your doctor and follow their directions and advice. You may not find the right medication for you the first time (sometimes it takes a couple of tries to find the right fit), but persevere! It will be worth it.

xo

Judy Maree