Recently a fellow blogger-ette wrote about her experience with bipolar disorder and how she "came out of the closet". And I found her comments interesting because even though it’s 2005 it’s amazing to me the stigma that mental health issues still have for some people.
What I found ironic going through grad school though was that probably well over half of the students in the Clinical Psychology program I was in were on some type of medication for depression, anxiety or other mental health related issues.
In fact, we had one professor say at one point that medication for mental health was soon going to be considered the equivalent of taking vitamins everyday.
I’m not sure about that personally, but I can say that I’m never shocked when I’m told a friend of mine or even an acquaintance is on some form of medication for emotional help.
Which is why I try to urge my clients to get evaluated for medication if they are having issues. But even in doing that, I’ve found clients are resistant because they are convinced that they are "crazy" if they go on medication!
So to all of you out there who are taking some form of medication for mental health, I’m here to tell you that it is okay and nothing to be ashamed of. Keep taking the medication as long as it helps you and forget about what the others say who want to mock you or hurt you with their senseless words.
If you’d like to learn more about medication I’d recommend the book below.