Pharmacotherapy

Did you take your meds today?

That’s it. That’s the post. Go take your pills.

Kidding!

Let’s talk medication.

I’ve been aware of medication for mental illness since I was quite young. Mental illness is prevalent in my family. I am no exception. Throughout my life, medication for my mental illness has been, at times, helpful and others, not so much.

The thing with meds is getting them right. The right dose, the right time of day, right combinations, etc. That itself is enough to make you go off the rails.

Changing meds is hard. But I think it’s important to hang in there and be sure to communicate how your are feeling to your healthcare team. Medication is and can be extremely helpful if taken correctly, life changing even!

I’m sure you have read posts pushing toxic positivity. It’s all the rage these days. Just choose to be happy, right?! No!

This isn’t the case for people with mental illness. You can’t just choose to feel a certain way if you have chemical imbalances in your brain. Just like you wouldn’t tell a cancer patient to think about getting better and magically somehow, they will.

Listen, there isn’t anything morally wrong with trying to manifest a positive outcome. But taking care of your mental health first is paramount. Spiritual Bypass is a real thing. Some people skip straight to the “feel good stuff” without putting in the work necessary to actually get to that point.

It’s okay to take your meds (under the supervision of a physician you are comfortable with) and it’s okay to take the steps needed in order to heal.

I hope this post finds you well. If you are feeling depressed, talk to someone and get help.

If you or someone you know are having thoughts of suicide call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 in the USA.

-Kylie


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