Although I don’t currently take medication for my mental health problems – if you’ve read my previous post, ‘Anti-Depressants And Me: My First Run In With My New Mental Health Trust‘ you’ll know why – doesn’t mean I don’t think pill shaming is wrong. Medication might not work for me, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t be allowed to take the medication they need to help them function shame-free.
For a lot of people suffering from mental health issues, medication is the only thing allowing them to function, to hold down a job, and have a family. There should be no guilt, no shame, in taking medication in order to do that.
Even though my own personal experience with medication has been one disaster after another (Anti-Depressants And Me: My First Run In With My New Mental Health Trust), I have been wondering if it’s worth risking trying medication again to help me function better. I’ve been struggling to get by with no professional help for a long time now because the Mental Health Trust has admitted they’re unable to help me at this time, due to the complexity of my issues: I even have that in an official letter.
This lack of support caused a nosedive in my mental wellbeing over the last few years. Which resulted in a close encounter with almost trying to take my own life last summer. This situation led me to question if it’s worth the risk to try taking medication to help me because I can’t afford to get private counselling. So far, I haven’t, because the risk of the medication causing psychotic episodes frightens me. Or worse yet, I lose access to my medication again and I go through months of a continues psychotic episode again.
Pill shaming is wrong, it doesn’t help anybody, it only leads to people being ashamed of using what could be a life-changing medication for them. Medication that could make their quality of life far better, and for what, because some ignorant person wants to feel superior by making others feel bad for taking medication for their mental health? Get off your high horse and allow people to do what they need to do to live a better quality of life.
What does shaming people for taking medication for their mental health even achieve?
What makes people think that mental health isn’t as important as physical health problems? You wouldn’t shame someone for taking medication for diabetes or a heart condition, so let’s not do it to those taking medication for their mental health problems either.
The lack of understanding around taking medication for mental health can be staggering, ranging from people comparing it to drug addiction akin to being addicted to cocaine or that you simply need to do a lot of running in a forest as a natural anti-depressant. Just don’t let such views put you off doing what’s right for you, and what could give you a much-improved quality of life.
It doesn’t make you any less of a person to accept the assistance of medication to help you function, or even to consider taking medication as an option. It doesn’t make you weak, no matter what other people may say or think.
It. Doesn’t. Make. You. Weak.
I’m not guiltless here myself, in the past I saw taking medication as being weak, but I was so so very wrong. But I can admit that. Over the years I’ve grown as a person and have come to understand the benefits of taking medication can have on other peoples lives. They’re not just using medication to hide from dealing with their problems.
To those reading this who have been lucky enough not to have mental health problems, or were lucky enough not to need medication to assist them in handling their mental health problems, I say educate yourself. Understand where people might be coming from before you offer your two cents because what you say could have a very negative effect on someone you care about.
So let’s step up and show people theirs nothing to be ashamed about if you take medication for your mental health. Let everyone know in the comments below that it’s nothing to be ashamed about and reduce the stigma of pill shaming and mental health together.
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