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.
Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)