There are commonly two ends of the spectrum when it comes to people taking medication. You have those that will willingly take medication prescribed to them in order to heal their ailment and those that do everything they can to find a natural alternative to cure their ailment and avoid taking medication. As long as there is no abuse of medication occurring neither of these methods or avenues are bad. What is bad however, is the rising stigma against mental health disease.
We may not be aware but we all know someone that suffers from a mental health struggle of some kind. We likely aren’t aware because of the shame and stigma that surrounds mental health in our society. Last month a women named #ErinJones became tired of that stigma. Posting a photo of herself holding her anti-depressants she spoke out about her personal mental health journey. This post has now inspired thousands of other people to respond with their own photos and stories. From this single post the hashtag began of #medicatedandmighty. This hashtag isn’t about glorifying pharmaceutical companies, it is about recognizing that there is nothing wrong with those that need a little extra help with what they are facing in life. Needing anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication, or anything else for mental health, doesn’t make one less of a person or less of a fighter and survivor.
Three emotionally and physically challenging pregnancies, surgery struggles, illness, difficult relationships, and a myriad of other things in life left me foggy and unable to understand why day-to-day activities were such a struggle. I fought alone for many years before recognizing that there is zero shame in needing a little extra help. Placing myself on anti-depressants was one of the best choices of my life. Allowing me to be a better mother and a stronger women I felt myself returning to a state of normal. A state I had not felt in a long time. I was able to be off of them for over a year before life events made me notice somethings in myself I was not okay with. I was continually anxious and my moods were struggling. I was able to acknowledge that at that point, with everything life was throwing at me, I needed a little extra help again. I put myself back on my anti-depressants after speaking with my doctor and have noticed a huge shift in how I am processing myself and the world around me. I am no longer ashamed of needing that extra help because it makes me a better person and a better mother when I take care of myself.
- It does not make me weak.
- It does not make me a druggy.
- It does not make me incapable.
- It does not make me unhealthy.
- It does not make me brainwashed.
- It does not make me crazy.
It does however, make me strong, and capable and fierce. It reminds me of the battle I am fighting and winning every single day of my life. The mark of a strong person is one that can ask for the help they need even if others have something to say about it. So stand up! Receive the help that you deserve and do not be afraid. The stigma for mental health must come to end.
I am STRONG!
I am FIERCE!
I am LOVED!
I am a FIGHTER!
I will WIN!
I am #medicatedandmighty
Together we can end the stigma on mental health. Together we can change the world. Together we can heal.