If you want to tick me off… post this or one of the similar ones out there. Depression medication shaming is a thing.
By far the worst meme I have ever seen on Facebook was once again posted in a support group. In an actual support group. Seriously, people?
I have made an alternate image on my Facebook page
I will not be med shamed for taking a medication to help with my Major Depressive Disorder. It likely has saved my life. And it certainly has helped me manage and cope with depression.
You know I have done therapy as well and it is massively beneficial. And yes, many people do not need medication at all and therapy alone is sufficient.
I also meditate and that helps with stress management and pain perception.
I do various self-care techniques to assist with mood management.
And I do many things to help cope and manage pain, which directly helps me manage my mood.
And I take medication. Because, for me, I need it to manage the suicidal ideation and intent.
Will I need it forever? Not likely. But I will need it for a time.
The absolute worst thing someone can do is shame someone else for taking medication.
Oh… Big Pharma is making money off of us.
Oh, the side effects.
Oh, just life-long addiction.
Oh, why not try the natural approach?
First, you have no right to judge how others survive their chronic illness
Second, what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another
Third, maybe a natural treatment worked for you but maybe it simply isn’t sufficient for another.
Fourth, it is dangerous with depression to tell someone they simply do not need medication when in fact their very severe depression may very well need it.
Fifth, yes, companies make money off of us, but when we need medication to function it is moot. Many medications are necessary. Many save lives.
Sixth, some of us do many things from alternative treatments to supplements, to medications to manage our chronic illnesses. And none of that is wrong. We all have different approaches and plans to treatments. If it works, then keep at it.
Seventh, shaming people is what makes them hide their depression and not seek treatment. Makes them think they can just deal with it on their own because it is seen as a ‘weakness’ that surely they can just ‘deal with’. Promoting this stigma is massively harmful.
We do not need anymore stigma with depression. We get plenty. Let alone medication shaming for when we Treat our depression.