So I got thinking earlier after @jenniely posted on Twitter about medication being used to treat mental health. This is something I discuss quite a lot, plus my job as a dispenser involves a lot of medication!
I take two different medications for my conditions that I discussed in a previous post for this week – one is an anti-anxiety/antidepressant and the other is technically an anti-psychotic which makes it sound worse than it is! Basically, the two together help to keep my moods on an even level; one brings me up and the other stops me from going high. I’ve been on various antidepressants for 5 and a half years, and I honestly don’t know how I’d cope without them, and anti-psychotics for a year. The two together, although they make me a bit drowsier sometimes, work really well!
So, as you can probably tell, I’m very much in favour of medication being used in mental health conditions. I don’t understand why there’s such a stigma; if you had a broken leg, no one would bat an eyelid at you wearing a cast, so why should antidepressants etc be any different?! In the interests of fairness though, I shall put across both the positives and the drawbacks.
- you don’t feel as depressed or anxious or high or out of control
- they help to “normalise” your moods and get you back to feeling like yourself
- they help you to go about your daily life without having some sort of breakdown every five minutes
- you can get stuck in a cycle of dependency
- they can stop working so you end up upping the dose, meaning it’s harder to come off them
- It can take a while to find the right medication, and some medications can make things worse
What do you think about the use of medication in treating mental health disorders? Have you got experience of them working or not working?