The Truth About Medication
I want to preface this, with the fact that I am by no means a mental health professional. Only a licensed Psychiatrist can evaluate and consequently prescribe if medication is right for you.
When you’ve been in the mental health circuit long enough, you’re bound to get a clinician that believes that you need medication. I was very standoffish on medication for the longest time, because that was just the way I was raised. It was drilled in my head from a very young age that you just need to “pick yourself up by your bootstraps” and rough it through everything. The harsh truth that I came to learn, is that I’m one of the unlucky many that will be dealing with my mental illness my whole life.
There are people out there that will eventually beat their illness with a lot of hard work and determination, and I hope that you are one of them. Coming to terms with the fact, that these deplorable feelings that you have will not go away, is a tough pill to swallow (pun completely intended). There is something that must be made clear, although it is probably common knowledge, but there is no cure for mental illness. Medication, at best, will make the symptoms of your illness more manageable.
I had this romantic thought when I was younger that medication would be life changing, that it would make me feel so much better that it was worth whatever cost. Sadly, I’ve come to learn that this is not the case. While it does make me feel better, and probably will for you too, it comes to feel like a drop in a bucket of the horrible feelings you experience.
The thing that I believe that I am missing, is that even with medication, a whole lot of work is still required. That may be common sense for a lot of people, but for me, it is a chilling fact that causes increased unease. My hope, that was medication would act as a catalyst to give me more energy to manage my conditions. For a while, there was energy, but I was focused on feeling good for the first time in a very long time, that I neglected the fact that I needed to put that energy towards management.
Take my tale as a cautionary one, that when starting a new medication, take those first few days of joy and elation, and put that energy back into yourself. Go to the gym, or hang out with some friends, anything that in the long run that can make you feel better. I hope that when I see my psychiatrist next week, that I can express my concerns with him, in order to achieve a stable level of energy. I hope that all of you can reach a level of content that continues to last.
We are in this together, and we help each other out. If you see anything you want to add, leave a comment so that we can better help each other.
Thank you all so very much,
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