One of the many decisions that a lot of people suffering with mental health conditions face is whether or not to take medication to help them through it.
This was a big decision for me and I thought about it for a long time before I actually decided to try it. I worked through CBT, increased exercise and really tried to break through it on my own but it wasn’t enough for me. My diagnoses was down to a chemical imbalance which meant that no matter how hard I worked I was going to struggle to beat it on my own. So, 6-months after my initial breakdown I went back to the GP and discussed my options. The difference has been amazing!
I’m in no way saying that taking tablets is the answer to these things, everyone is different and the reasons behind people feeling the way they do differs from chemical imbalances to situational emotions. You have to find what is right for you. For me it was a little tablet everyday to help me stay level and clear the fog.
I was very lucky with my diagnosis, I wasn’t just offered pills as a solution. I was offered help and support. I know that there is a lot of stigma around whether or not people should take tablets for certain types of mental health but the way I see it, if you have diabetes you need insulin to help you everyday so why should it been seen any differently when talking about mental health conditions?
The experience I have had has made my life a little bit easier, it has reduced my depression and helped to clear my head. This has meant that making small decisions has become easier and I am not so afraid of moving forward. Im not sure whether I will be on them forever but for now, they are right for me and are helping me to deal with what has been a life long condition.
I needed to find a place in life where I felt safe and steady. There are such huge expectations now around what life is “meant” to be. You should have everything all the time and if you don’t then it isn’t enough. If you haven’t followed what society is saying is the correct path then you aren’t living your life the right way. To me, this couldn’t be further from the truth! You need to find your own happy, choose which door to go through to keep you grounded and make you feel safe. If other people see that style of life as boring or not full enough then that is their look out. I need to remind myself that you can’t please everyone all the time and you have to make decisions for yourself and not for other people.
Having been very sad and not sure where I should be or what I should be doing there is a lot to be said for finding a place that you are comfortable – even if that is in a den with your dog and a good film!
So, as usual I would say do what is right for you and if you aren’t sure about whether you should be taking pills to help you through then don’t be afraid to talk to people and see what they recommend or how they are experienced things. Try and avoid Googling it, people are far too fond of sharing horror stories and this only fuels the stigma around things!
There are a lot of decisions that we face in life, whether to spend time focusing on ourselves for a little while shouldn’t ever be one of them!