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).