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17 Tweets That Get Real About Mental Illness Medication


Editor’s note: Please see a doctor before starting or stopping a medication.

Anyone who’s taken medication to manage a mental illness knows the process can be less than straightforward. In fact, sometimes the first medication you try isn’t right at all, and you’re forced to go through… a dreaded med change. For those who eventually find the right medication for them, this process is ultimately rewarding. For those who don’t, it’s frustrating. And overall, psychiatrists need to do a better job showing compassion for patients they’re putting through these med changes, which means being honest and clear about possible side effects, believing the person when they explain how they feel and seeing the person as more than the sum of their symptoms, but as a fellow human who wants to improve their overall quality of life.

We have a long way to go.

That’s why it’s important for people in the mental health community to open up about medication, and why #ThisIsWhatAnxietyLooksLike creator and Stigma Fighters CEO started the hashtag #ShoutOutYourMedChange. All last week people have been taking to Twitter and using the hashtag to a start dialogue about how different medications affected them.

It’s important to note that not everyone reacts to medication in the same way, so it’s not always wise to take anecdotes as gospel. But, hearing fellow medication-takers discuss how medication affected them can give you tools to talk to your own doctor, and will at the very least remind you you’re not alone if you can relate. You can see much more specific tweets about medication by checking out the #ShoutOutYourMedChange hashtag.

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