Treatment plans for mental health care differ from situation to situation. In some cases, it calls for therapy and in other cases medication is needed. This doesn’t mean that when you wake up feeling sad, you call the doctor and start popping pills. However, when depression or severe emotional behavior begins to affect your daily life, work and relationships, it is time to seek help. There is no shame in taking medicines if needed. If you get the flu do you take meds? Yes. So what is the difference when it is the flu of the mind. There is none. Would you blame someone who lost her husband in war for seeking out medication for anxiety? Would you judge a woman for taking antidepressants who lost her child 2 months shy of his 1st birthday to cancer? We all want to end up at the same place, but some need to take a different route to the intersection of happy and healthy. There is no shame in that.
Reasons why people feel uneasy taking meds for the head…
I don’t need a pill to make me happy.
Lets do a word replacement, instead of happy, lets put healthy. I don’t want to take a pill to make me healthy! Make sense? Happy and health go together like PB&J. Think about people from the past, who would have done anything to receive treatment to help them maintain a stable life with a mental disorder. Virginia Wolf is shaking her head.
I feel like I am weak if I have to resort to medication.
Are people who have diabetes weak because they have to resort to insulin in order to survive? It is all about how you frame it. You are not weak, you are honest about your situation and health. A strong person acknowledges their pain, and does something about it.
I am afraid people will judge me.
Okay, write out those people who you think will judge you. Now delete them from your phone. People who love you won’t judge you. I hate to tell you, but when you get a prescription you are not the headline on the 10’oclock news that night. If you fear judgement…dont tell anyone. You will be pleasantly surprised that over half the people you fear in opening up to, are going through a similar situation.
I don’t want people to think I am crazy.
What is crazy is having the available resources to receive good mental health care, and not taking advantage of it. Reaching out for help is far from crazy. People will get wasted, and have sex without a condom with the first person they meet at a bar (no judgement) and that is not considered crazy. However, taking anti-depressants for depression, YIKES that is insanity! Think about it.
I don’t want to stay on medicine long-term.
Okay, do not jump the gun. Get to Point A before jumping to Point Z. You may not be on medicine for the long-term, but if you are so what? If you feel like your life, relationships and your day to day has improved since taking a medication than why would you stop. Again, everyone has to take a different route to happiness sometimes. Do not be ashamed of the route you take.