In the United States, more than 43 million people live with a mental illness.
There is a stigma surrounding mental health and it is completely debilitating. I, myself, waited [too long] to get the help I desperately needed because I was afraid of how people would treat me or what they would think of me. There are multiple ways people maintain their mental health. Medication is one route.
1 in 6 Americans have taken some sort of psychiatric medication. So why is there a stigma still surrounding taking medication for a mental illness?
There are many myths surrounding mental health.
Myth #1: taking medication is the easy way out
Taking medication is far from easy. Especially for those whom fear the side effects and constant medication adjustments. It can be scary.
Myth #2: medication changes who you are
Medication may change your aspect and outlook on life but it doesn’t change your identity.
Myth #3: taking medication makes you weak
If anything, it makes you stronger. Giving yourself and putting yourself in someone else’s hands is admirable.
Myth #4: taking medication for mental illness is different than taking medication for a physical illness
In reality, the circumstances may be different but taking medication for a physical or mental ailment is essentially the same thing.
These again are just my opinions. Thoughts?