Pill Shaming

Pill Shaming

Although I don’t currently take medication for my mental health problems – if you’ve read my previous post, ‘Anti-Depressants And Me‘ 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), 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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10 thoughts on “Pill Shaming

  1. This is a great post, and I absolutely agree. Initially, I was iffy about taking any sort of medication for my depression and anxiety. But, it did help me a lot, so I’m glad I did. 4

    I think you make a great point in saying that taking medication for psychological disorders is really the same as taking medication for a physical disorder. Thanks so much for bringing more awareness to this!

  2. I’m sorry you had such a bad experience with medication. I used to be in it, and the first time had some adverse side effects but they werent unbearable, however, the second anti-depressant I was on a few years later suited me perfectly. Although I’m not on anything anymore (unless it’s a xanax to fly) but they’re always an option for me if rock bottom ever starts creeping back up. Some people are on medication for good, and that’s fine, for me it’s just a thing for when times are particularly bad.

  3. Thank you for sharing your story – glad you found your right “mix” and hope others do as well. In whatever healthy form that takes, and if that’s medically prescribed pills, that is what they are there for.

  4. I’m sorry medicine hasn’t been able to help and I’m sorry about your issues at the moment. I hope it gets better for you <3 But thank you for bringing up this topic. I've always felt some shame for being on anti-depressants, though in reality, why should I feel guilty for something that makes me feel better? Could I live without the pills? Yes. But would my life be be better without them? Hell no. It would be hell for me and everyone around me! So I'm glad I'm on medication. I can actually function in day to day life and HAVE a life now. But I have been pill shamed before: by exes and even by a therapist, of all people!

    Thanks for writing such a great post!

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    • Thank you for sharing your experience. I’m shocked that a therapist would pill shame you, that is unacceptable behaviour from a professional, and I’m sorry to hear that you’ve also had that experience with your ex’s.

      You have no reason to feel a shamed or to be shamed for taking medication that improves your quality of life

  5. Thank you for posting this. I agree, mental health is a big ussue. There is so much stigma around it, and all of it is unwarranted. The good thing is: talking about it chips away at the stigma, one step at a time. I think a lot if the haters “doth protest too much” meaning they may have underlying issues, and are putting up a smoke screen.

    I finally found medication that doesnt cause unbearable side effects. My G.P is good, and had me try out a few before I found something that worked.

    • That’s possible, I know for a lot of people that putting up the machismo front is more important than seeking help, because they don’t want to be seen as “weak”

      I’m glad you found a medication that works for you though 🙂

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