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  •  stigma (15+ / 0-)

    this is why i'm entirely too upfront about sharing my personal mental health struggles.

    I resisted taking any kind of med for severe depression for years. Destroyed a marriage, prevented myself from achieving nearly any goal...all because I viewed meds as weak. I truly thought everyone else felt this way and was dealing with it better than me, because I was a failure. Thanks to slow and continued talks with my therapist and loved ones, I am now on a pill (that existed when I was in college - I could have done this a long time ago). I am not typical, my experience with Wellbutrin is the stuff they base marketing campaigns around. It saddens me greatly that I could have had help years ago had I not been so taken in by the attitude that those who need help are lesser people.

    If only Michael Phelps hadn't smoked that pot...imagine what he could have accomplished with motivation and good lung capacity.

    by papa monzano on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 02:40:40 PM PST

    •  My grandmother was (14+ / 0-)

      clinically depressed for probably almost 50 years. It wasn't until she was experiencing senile dementia that my aunt could get her in to see a geriatric psychiatrist, who prescribed an SSRI. The last two years of her life were the happiest she had been in 50 years.

      I struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time, doing cognitive behavioral therapy, which helped somewhat but not enough. I was afraid of taking drugs--because of feeling like I just needed to "cowboy up" and that taking a drug would mean I was lacking in willpower or some stupid thing. Now I realize that much like my grandmother--and aunt, and mother who has had occasional bouts of depression, not to mention my dad's whole side of the family who are raging alcoholics and probably self-medicating mental health issues--I had a brain chemistry that didn't quite work properly. So I take meds, not a lot, but some, which have basically returned me to myself. Just as I take thyroid meds for my badly functioning thyroid. I refuse to feel bad or ashamed of it.

      And they'll pry my SSRIs out of my cold, dead hands.

      "No one has the right to spend their life without being offended." Philip Pullman

      by zaynabou on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:26:44 PM PST

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