Take your medicine
The number of people who don't believe in taking medicine... I get it, sorta. You do you.
The number of people who don't believe in taking medicine for their mental health though, completely numbs my mind. Like. How do you expect to feel better when you have a CHEMICAL IMBALANCE IN YOUR BRAIN? You can not "just get over it", "just ignore it", "just avoid it". You literally have something wrong with your chemistry. Medicine is NOT the ONLY answer. Therapy, lifestyle changes, etc...it's a whole package deal.
Coming from someone who has struggled with mental health since 13(my father dieing triggered depression...) and wasn't medicated til 17...and wasn't PROPERLY medicated til about 6 years ago, let me tell you what an absolute difference it makes on your life. I'm still a dumpster fire with a long way to go but I was a raging 2 acre landfill fire before.
It is not shameful to take a pill or 5 every day. It is not shameful to see a therapist. It is a chemical imbalance. Something is actually wrong with you. Like any other chronic illness. You got fibromyalgia? High blood pressure? Kidney disease? Erectile dysfunction? You take meds for those. It's no different.
The one med you tried didn't work? Guess what? It's a game. You have to try different ones because until they come up with an affordable, widely available blood test that tells you exactly what you should take, you won't know what works for you til you experiment like a junkie. Asking your friends is also useless. Their chemistry is not your chemistry. Their issues may seem similar but how your brain processes them is not.
The most frustrating thing about mental illness is that it takes time and effort to get to a point where YOU are happy with where you are with how you feel. But you have to be your own advocate. You have to build your own team. That takes time. That takes effort. That takes spoons you may not have, but I promise you, it's worth it to not feel like you want to unalive yourself every day or like the world is out to get you.
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