Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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This is the email I sent that inspired this podcast episode.
I wanted to share a little bit about my journey with anti-depressants and why I decided to go back on them. PLEASE NOTE-I am not a Doctor or mental health professional. I’m just sharing my personal experience but everyone is different. I feel like I owe so many of the great experiences I have had in my life to being on the right medication. Anti-depressants helped me dig myself out of a very deep dark hole that I lived in for a long time. However, I had been on them for years and I was doing better than ever. I decided to talk to my Doctor about getting off my meds. This isn’t a dramatic catastrophic story. Basically, I was able to manage my depression without medication but it took a ton of time and energy.
I struggled with the decision to go back on my medication because I felt like going back on them would be admitting defeat in some way. Other women I follow online were talking about how they had healed from depression and were able to live medication free. I felt like if I went back on my meds it meant I wasn’t actually good at managing my mental health or that I hadn’t come as far as I thought I had. The stigma in our culture runs so deep I had to take a step back and ask myself why I felt compelled to stay off my medication even though it ultimately I knew my life would be better if I went back on anti-depressants.
It can be hard to do what’s best for you. There are tons of people online and in our real life who will quickly give us opinions about how they think we should be managing out mental health. Ultimately, I feel like my quality of life is better when I am on my medication and that is what’s best for me. I thought I would share this story in case some of you were struggling with the stigma around medication. Even after years of being an advocate for mental health and medication I still had feelings of guilt and failure come up when I decided to go back on it.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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