A gentle reminder that stigmatising anti-depressants and other meds contributes to the reluctance of many people to seek help
Warning: this post discusses mental health and medication stigma, and a general discussion of depression.
Disclaimer time: I am not any sort of mental health, psychological, or medical professional
This is a gentle reminder that stigmatising anti-depressants and other meds contributes to the reluctance of many people to seek help which could literally save their lives.
I needed help — and yes, that help in my case was meds.
Anti-depressants don’t work for you? Fair enough.
Honestly, everyone’s different: different things work for different people — to act like there’s a one size fits all treatment here is deeply harmful.
Anti-depressants work for you? Awesome!
You do what you have to FOR YOU. You are not weak. You are not drugged out. You are amazing.
Anti-depressants work a bit but you wish they worked better?
Fine — keep going, & discuss other options with your doctors. This is about YOU.
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