To medicate or not to medicate

Hey everyone, I hope you’re all well and in good mental health. Today, I’m going to talk about medication and why it has such a bad reputation. I’ve also started to do a podcast, with a couple of people lined up to interview in the coming weeks.I see so many people slating others for being on medication. Some people need it to help them get back on an even keel, and only for a short period of time. I also know people need to be on them for a longer period, or maybe even for life, because of their mental health issues. When I used to go to the doctor, it seems like all he wanted to do was stick pills down my neck, but now this attitude is changing for the better

Social prescribing is now being used in a lot of areas, and I think this is a positive thing. A doctor can help or suggest different ways of getting help, or put you in contact with support groups in your area, or even help you to rejoin the community by recommending you take on a volunteer position. This will help you gain confidence, or even just connect you to social groups you may be interested in. You might not be offered any medication at all.

For some people, this might be enough to help them through their problem, and they won’t need to go back and see a doctor again because they’ll be in a better place. But some people still might need to, because they’re still struggling. A doctor might have to try various medications out on them to get the right balance which, in my opinion, is the right thing to do.

I had a lot of changes to my medication because initially they didn’t work. My psychiatrist told me one drug would work great, but instead it made me angry; I was snapping at people a lot, and that isn’t me, so I had to come off it straight away. I have been on tablets that made me eat a lot, but I don’t need any help in that department at all. I’ve been taking the pill I’m on now for about six months; they were increased by one a day to help me sleep better, and they seem to be the right mix for me. The hardest thing for me to deal with was that I wanted an instant fix, but when it was explained to me they take about six week to start working, I started to relax and not panic so much.

Thanks for reading. I wish you all good mental health.

7 thoughts on “To medicate or not to medicate

  1. I think it’s irresponsible when doctors tell someone a drug will work great for someone. It’s one thing to say that it’s worked great for a lot of their patients, or that they think it would be a good fit for you, but there’s no way of predicting that any drug will be the right fit for a specific person.

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  2. My life is better with my prescribed dosage of medication. My life was much harder to navigate without. Mind over matter did not apply to this area of my life. I hesitantly began taking my meds and slowly but surely began to feel positive results. I know people who have triumphed without medication as well. I think we should all do what is best for our situations and lifestyles. And for me, that was medication.

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      1. Thank you, I was talking with my doctor about seeing how things are in May. Then coronavirus happened 🤦‍♂️ you have to be sure you’re ready 👍

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