Medication helps me manage my anxiety – so why are we so scared of it as a treatment?
If you live with chronic anxiety, you’ll be used to people giving you well-meaning solutions. All the solutions are thrown at us – be at one with nature, eat clean, get a dog. We’ve heard them all and believe us, we’ve tried.
Funnily enough, the one thing that people rarely suggest is the one that can really help – medication. Given how well some medications can manage anxiety, why the reluctance? If someone is diagnosed with diabetes, no one would suggest that they should do without their insulin and just get out more, so why is it seen as acceptable to say such things to those of us who suffer with anxiety? And ‘suffer’ is the right word – anxiety can be downright awful.
Most good doctors will recommend the sleeping / walking / eating better methods before they suggest the medicated option. And even when they do suggest meds, you have to find the drug that works for you.
Regardless of the arguments for and against antidepressants, when you have exhausted all the holistic options they are sometimes the only solution – and they can be a very good one.You can read the full article here.
What are your thoughts on medication? Have you faced resistance from others about taking medication for a mental health diagnosis? Why do you think that some people are scared of medication as a treatment? Let us know your experiences.