I Don’t Want To Be Ashamed Of Taking Antidepressants.

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I have been on and off antidepressants for about 3 years. I suffer from generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. I try to combat it with counseling too but I need the medication for the extra help. I can’t help feel a slight bit of shame that I need antidepressants to feel like I can get through the day. I don’t tell any of my friends I take them, it almost feels like my dirty little secret.

It is daunting to me that I need a drug to function properly. I always find myself asking, “Why me?”. It’s not easy to deal with mental health. The stigma is still so strong in our culture. I don’t think anybody would care or judge a diabetic taking insulin, so how are antidepressants any different? I know taking them doesn’t change me as a person but I fear the judgement from others.

It is clear that my antidepressants make me happier and healthier. I shouldn’t feel I’m cheating in life. Everyone has something they need help on ย and I just happen to need help with my anxiety.

This is a lot of rambling. I guess what I’m trying to get at is that I should be able to accept these medications. I have no problem with others taking them but it seems like a deep rooted issue with me taking them.

Having to take antidepressants doesn’t make you are a failure.ย 

8 thoughts on “I Don’t Want To Be Ashamed Of Taking Antidepressants.

  1. Muchacha Diaries says:

    I remembered my best friend because of your post. Ever since she has accepted the fact that she needed treatment and medications on her anxiety/depression for life, she has since openly told us about her feelings which made her feel better and at least us friends know how to help her out when she needs it. There’s nothing to be ashamed about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Chanel Bailey says:

    You are absolutely right! There are so many judgmental people when it comes to taking meds to control or treat mental health issues. I think you are brave and one of the stronger ones. It takes a great deal of courage to admit there is an issue, seek help, try meds and then write about the experience. I have suffered from depression for over 29 years. I tried meds but they affected other areas. In forced to treat naturally and have finally found what works for me. Keep your strength and transparency. It’s much appreciated!โ˜บ๏ธ

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  3. jodieclairee says:

    I wrote a post about mental health a little while back.. Please read it because I think I make a good few points about how people with anxiety/depression are made to feel and how people should view it instead. Your right.. It’s not given the same importance as a diabetic, etc. It’s just not a visible illness that people can actually see and so they stupidly think that it’s not real. You should never be ashamed because we all suffer from mental health issues at some point in our life and the way we manage them is very individual and shouldn’t be something to be judged. The fact that your on antidepressants just shows your fighting spirit and that’s never anything to be embarrassed about ๐Ÿ™‚

    J

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  4. HipsterThrifterGirl says:

    Hey , I just graduated fashion school and worked in it. I now see a shrink and take anti depressants. I want you to know, you aren’t alone. I freaked out so badly that I was told not to work because I need help .

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