Before I started blogging…….
about mental health and sharing my story about my own mental health journey, I was uninformed. I was uneducated and no idea about mental health and mental illness. I was pretty clueless. Was it my fault? Maybe. But there are so many misconceptions perpetuated by society surrounding people who live with mental health disorders. I can admit that I was a part of the problem.
When I received my diagnosis, I was in a state of shock.
I was in denial and I was concerned with what other people would think about me. When the doctor that diagnosed me offered me medication as a means of treating my illness, I fell deeper and deeper into denial. I succumbed to the stigma of mental illness that was so rampant. I thought that to take medication would admit that I was crazy. I was not keen on the idea of taking medication right away.
When I finally did take my medication,
I would take it, feel okay and then stop. This was a pattern that repeated itself for a long while. What I did not realize was that I was doing myself a disservice and I was only hurting myself and delaying my stability and mental health recovery. The problem was that I was giving into pill shaming. I was so focused on what people would say about me, that I let other people’s opinions become the focus. .
Pill shaming must end now.
Or we need to at least continue the conversation on how shaming people who take medication for their mental illnesses are affected. I can say, I take medication and for me it was the right thing to do. This does not mean that medication will be right for everyone. But, for the ones that do decide to take medication, they should not feel ashamed because they do so.
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