Recently I’ve seen several status updates and blog posts about people wanting to come off their medication, lessen their medication or being generally fed up of their medication. People with mental illnesses who want to live a ‘normal’ life without being medicated and I couldn’t keep my gob shut any longer, so I’m blogging my thoughts.
Let me initially say I take medication 4 times a day for my variety of mental illnesses (anxiety, depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder). I have been on different meds, including ones that made me indistinguishable from a zombie, and I have luckily found some that suit me. I appreciate that that does make me lucky but it can be done.
Anyway, I take my medication and I am not ashamed to be on it because it stabilises me. It allows me to function almost like a ‘normal’ person most of the time and I don’t see what’s wrong with needing medication for that. My mother is diabetic and takes medication for that, no one expects her to aim to come off it in order to be ‘normal.’ My step-dad takes medication for his heart and cholesterol, equally no one assumes that he will eventually come off that medication.
Some diseases, illnesses, whatever, are lifetime things and require medication to treat them. Be it a disease of the mind or of the body I completely believe that we should do what it takes to have as good a life as we can and if that means medication then so be it. Some illnesses can be controlled by diet and lifestyle and that’s great, but it’s not better or worse than taking medication, and needing meds to make you better doesn’t make you a bad or weak person.
What are your thoughts on it? Are you trying to stop taking your medication, if so why?