Pill Shaming is Toxic and Can be Deadly

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#StopPillShaming #StopTheStigma #EndPillShaming #EndMedicationShaming #YouAreNotAlone

Editor’s Note: Along with therapy, AA, my spiritual practices, service to others, fellowship, and a strong support network, medication is crucial to me remaining stable, grounded, and a functioning, contributing member of society. And staying alive.

Medication may not be the answer for some, but do you really want to be a suicide/self-destruction-enabler by convincing someone not to take their life-saving medication? Would you tell a diabetic they don’t need their insulin? I have been close with people who have died from mental illness. Shit’s real.

“Pill shaming is toxic and it’s time to break down the societal taboo. Having a mental illness is hard enough as it is without the pill shaming stigma that floats among those struggling. There is so much misinformation out there about antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs — being addictive or you being weak for taking them. I think this is inaccurate, and certainly not the case. Exercise or eating healthy and keeping busy are enough for some people, but others need that extra push, that extra bit of help to enable them to live a “normal,” happy life. Which, don’t we all deserve? A life neither ruled by fear, or crushed by depression and anxiety. In the same way you’d wear glasses to help you see better, some people take a pill (or six) to give them the assistance they need to help their mind. And that’s OK.

Just because it isn’t physical, visible or tangible, we have a tendency to treat it like it’s wrong, like mental illness is less of an illness than a visible one. There is no shame in accepting the assistance of medication. It doesn’t make you any less human, it doesn’t make you weak or any less capable of doing the job, writing the essay or completing the degree — the same way a person without a mental illness would. By acknowledging the issue and accepting the assistance of medication, personally, I think you’re admirable. Because it is often the people who take meds that are the strong ones, the fighters.” (Cherie Davies, The Mighty)

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