Conditions and Diseases, Endocrine Disorders, genetic makeup, health, high cholesterol, insulin shots, lifestyle changes, Medical School, Mental disorder, mental-health, Pharmaceutical drug, psychiatric illness, Psychiatric medication
It seems like EVERYONE has an opinion about psychiatric medication. Let’s go over some of them.
- I don’t believe in it.
- If you don’t take it you don’t have a real mental illness.
- It’s for the weak.
- Prayer is enough, if it doesn’t work you are not doing it right.
- It means you are crazy
…. and the list continues.
Ready to go through some of these things? Yeah me too.
1. I don’t believe in it – A belief is “Something one accepts as true or real; a firmly held opinion or conviction.” Quite honestly people have the ability to believe anything that they want, regardless of its accuracy. Everyday people believe in aliens, that the sun revolves around the earth, that witches are real etc. A large number of people believed that the world was going to end in December 2012, and even more people succumbed to the belief that it was going the end January 1, 2000 – y2k, anyone? The point I’m trying to make here is that people are always going to believe what they want to, but don’t let that keep you from getting the treatment that you need, because humans have an incredible record of believing inaccurate information. Take your information from your treatment providers and Doctors. The individuals that when to Medical School and have done years of training and studying in the very field that you are seeking their advice in.
2. If you don’t take psychiatric medication then you don’t have a real mental illness – Would you make the argument that if someone does not take insulin shots they do not have diabetes? No, because we all know that diabetes shows up in a variety of levelness of severity needed different treatment plans. Just like someone with high cholesterol might first work on lifestyle changes before going on a medication. Psychiatric illness works much the same way. It’s one of those “no comparison” situations. Comparing with the people around you is a bad idea because everyone’s body, environment and genetic makeup is completely different!
3. It’s for the weak – Is it week to take diabetes medication for your pancreas, or cholesterol medication to protect your heart? Is is weak to to put a cast on a broken leg? Or get surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from your body? Is it weak to get rehabilitative treatments after an accident? Then how is it week to treat you brain, another organ of your body if it is sick? See how that does not make sense? Getting help is in no way weak – it is actually the opposite of that. Getting help is incredibly strong. It is putting aside what everyone around is loudly chattering in your ear about and doing what is best for you: That is strong.
4. Prayer is enough, if it doesn’t work you are not doing it right – Would you decide not to get life saving surgery and solely pray for healing? Would you let your arm heal on it’s own (and pray) instead of both? Would you tell your daughter or son to pray harder to rid their body of cancer instead of taking the medicine? Then why would you do that with mental illness? People think that it mental health aloof not real science, solely environmental, but no, it is biological, physical and happening in your organs. To refuse the treatment the God has provided for you isn’t spiritual, it is an uninformed decision.
5. It means your crazy – Taking psychiatric medication means your as crazy as someone taking migraine medication, cholesterol medication, diabetes medication, pain medication, antibiotics, asthma medication, medications for high blood pressure, thyroid medication, or heartburn medication – which is NOT CRAZY.
My name is Erin and This is Where I Stand