Just Take The Meds

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Ashamed Of Taking Medications

The stigma marches on . . . the shame of having a mental illness and the embarrassing thought of having to go see a psychiatrist who will prescribe you medications. You look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, “How? Just how in the world did I become like this?” Does it really matter how, Johnny? Jenny? At this point, you are suffering in pain and you need help; stop denying it.

But no one has to know; not your friends, not your family, not your siblings, not your significant other. No one! In some states, minors are allowed to seek mental health therapy without their guardian’s consent. You have to understand that performing a root cause analysis on yourself by attempting to discover the origin of your mental illness will not do you any good; you’ll likely never find out the reason why you became sick!

But being sick does not mean that it’s the end of the world; many are mentally ill all around the world and continue to lead normal lives. Some are mentally ill and more successful than you will ever be; they’re accomplished actors, celebrities, politicians, businessmen, doctors, lawyers, you name it! Being mentally ill and success should not be combined in the same basket; one has to do with luck, hard work and connections, while the other has to do with a malfunctioning circuitry in your brain.

But can you pick the common denominator of success and mental illness? It’s called, “blessing.” Just because you have a mental illness does not mean that you do not have food on the table, shelter, warmth, family, friends, an education, etc. You are blessed regardless of whether you have a mental illness or not. So stop being ashamed of your new reality and go seek a psychiatrist who will prescribe you medications; you won’t regret it if you are honest with your therapy and yourself.

For some reason, the stigma of mental illness is still alive and kicking. It’s going to take many more years until people no longer feel ashamed of their internal mental battles. It’s going to take an international platform like The DSM Ready Community to bury the stigma of mental health and allow the citizens of Earth to proudly stand on their rooftops shouting, “I have a mental illness and I am not ashamed of who I am!”

Take the meds.

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You’ll Never Outrun Your Mental Illness

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Addressing Your Mental Illness

A mental illness is an intruder; it invades your headspace and starts to slowly take over. How you feel and what you want no longer matter. It’s as if an outside life-force has entered your mind and is taking over your life; your perception begins to change in the process. At first, you may not even know that you are suffering from a mental illness. Some know but are in denial, refusing to accept their newfound reality.

One thing is clear; you’ll never outrun your mental illness because there’s nothing to run from. It lives inside your mind like the coronavirus infecting your cells and causing multiple blood clots in your lungs. People try all the time to outrun their mental illness, but how far do they really get?

Some may continue to live years without addressing their mental illness, but do you think that they are living in good spirits? Burying your mental illness in the closet is not a tactic that has proven to work; it will only haunt you with every passing day. What you need to do is to address your mental illness.

But addressing your mental illness may prove to be a bigger challenge than you originally thought. This is because you have to be honest with yourself by accepting the fact that you truly have a mental illness. The first step is honesty. If you can do that, then you’re heading in the right direction.

Your mental illness will feel pain when you confront and talk about it; it does not want you to recover. So every time that you resist confronting your mental illness, it grows in power and endurance. This only makes it more difficult for you to address it in the future. The goal is to see humanity addressing their mental illness within the first 24 hours of symptom onset; this will help prevent unnecessary suffering, pain and suicides.

You should not be ashamed of addressing your mental illness by relying on psychiatric medications or psychotherapy. If these treatments will provide you with peace of mind, why in the world would you reject them? Your ego? Forget your ego. Are you willing to risk your sanity because of your ego? Let’s keep it real.

There is nothing better in this world than maintaining your sanity for many years to come. Once you lose grip with reality, your chances of recovering become slimmer. Why put your mind at risk of no return just because you don’t want to take a few pills every day? Just because you take psychiatric medications does not mean that you have to be on them for life. Your outpatient psychiatrist will work with you to manage your medication regimen.

Overall, the sooner that you accept your mental illness and share it with the world, the quicker your recovery will be. Stop hiding behind the curtains where it’s lonely and dark; this is a feeding ground for your mental illness. Remember that your mental illness has one objective; to torture you for good with the end goal of you committing suicide. Don’t become a victim to mental illness.

Address it today.

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Embarrassed About Being Depressed

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When Depression Eats You Alive

Many people continue to suffer from depression in silence; they have no one to talk to because no one will understand. That is their belief. They also tend to believe that being depressed equates to being weak and that people will look down upon them if they find out that they are feeling depressed. But the truth is that many people around the world are currently depressed; it’s not something to be ashamed of.

The psychology behind being ashamed about depression has to do with the ego or the persona that you present to the world. When you feel depressed, you don’t have your best mask on to present to the world; whatever is lacking on the inside tends to manifest on the out. So for people who care a lot about their image, it becomes overwhelming to share their depression, so they either hide it or kill themselves to escape their reality.

But that’s exactly what makes depression a difficult disorder to deal with; it does its best to kill you within by first isolating you from the rest of the world. It’s very difficult to be depressed and continue living your normal life at the same time; the two pictures are no longer congruent. On the outside, everything keeps moving forward while on the in, everything is slowed down as if you’re turning into a corpse.

When this happens, depressed people start to fall behind and self-isolate. They start to feel hopeless for the future and begin to entertain suicidal ideations; they see the darkness as no way out but by only ending their existence. And it’s much worse for people who are ashamed of their depression; they’re definitely not motivated to even admit that they’re depressed in the first place.

People who are ashamed of their depression will deny feeling depressed or minimize it at the very least, “I guess I feel sad but it’s no big deal! Can I go home now? Can I be discharged?” The dangerous thing about these depressed people is that they sometimes hide their symptoms very well, fooling many around them into believing that they are not going through anything out of the ordinary.

If you are suffering from depression, please don’t be embarrassed to share your experience with others. You are doing yourself a disservice if you continue to hide your symptoms in the shadows. You deserve the help and support that is available from psychiatrists and other mental health workers. Don’t torture yourself behind the curtains; pull them wide open and let the sun into your life!

Please share your stories of depression with The DSM Ready Community!

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Never Be Ashamed of Your Job

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Respect Yourself in the Process

You are never too good for a job! If life brings you to the point of working in McDonalds, bartending or washing dishes, learn to accept the present situation and stop fighting against yourself; everything happens for a reason! This does not mean that you must remain at this job indefinitely, but while you do, do it with passion while being proud of yourself!

Always be thankful for having a job and somewhere to work; being homeless or struggling with an addiction in the backroom of your home are much worse situations! Go to work every day and put your best foot forward; new doors will open up if you maintain a positive and optimistic outlook.

Do not compare yourself with others; everybody has a destined path in life. Your focus should be on bettering yourself, performing well at your current job and moving forward in life. The moment that you become ashamed of your job is the moment that you will start attracting negativity; positivity cannot dwell in someone who is ashamed of themselves.

Keep in mind that most of us have all worked in a job at one point in time that we didn’t enjoy, but we did something extra on the side to pick us up from that situation, and that helped us move forward in new directions. Until then, keep your head up, do the best that you can and stay positive.

Always remember one thing: never be ashamed of what you do!

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