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Self Medicating your Mental Illness

Updated on April 25, 2012

What is a Mental Illness

We hear about it all the time Mental Illness and what the effects of not getting treatment for your mental issues. Now television makes mental illness sound like something you should be ashamed to admit that you have. In the midst of having a mental illness i.e. depression, bi-polar, anxiety or some type of personality disorder to name a few, we feel ashamed and alone. In feeling ashamed we don't go and get proper treatment for our illnesses from a doctor, we turn to self medicating ourselves. What is self-medicating? Well lets see, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine's, or some kind of prescription drugs that don't fit your illness. What happens then, we are suddenly hooked or addicted to this drug and it has taken over our lives because we are trying to "feel normal."

Getting the proper treatment from a doctor that specializes in Mental Illnesses can prevent despair, devastation, ruined relationships, death and everything else that comes with doing drugs. Don't you know that getting treated for your Mental Illness can let you enjoy a long productive life? What is there to be ashamed of? Okay you get a little depressed sometimes, you have panic attacks every now and then, you are moody sometimes. These are all normal behaviors that are treatable with regular medications. Sometimes, people will say what's wrong with you, what do you have to be depressed about, just STOP IT. You tell them, can you stop having high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes or any other physical illness? Neither can you just stop having an mental issue, without medication. Have a normal productive life...Get treated...take your medication...IT's OK....

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      Spolitte 5 years ago

      Great Job Girl !

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      msmacy 5 years ago from Killeen, Texas

      Thanks Spolitte, my first one~~

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      Tab 5 years ago

      Great insight Auntie! So proud of u!

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      angela 5 years ago

      That is great, keep up the great work sis I am proud of you, love you

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      lionel 5 years ago

      great work baby WELL SAID!!

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      Toya 5 years ago

      This is great Macy! Very well spoken. You are so right. It is okay to seek and get some help; whether it be therapy and/or medication. There is such a stigma attached to being diagnosed with a mental disorder that some people believe if I don't accept it, or noone tells me that I have it, then it's not true. Noone wants to be called "crazy." Either way you will be labeled as something because of your actions if you do not get some help; whether it be alcoholic, dopefiend, etc. you will still have a label. Prescription medication will help to stabilize the chemical imbalance that produces the symptoms of the disorder, but I also believe therapy is needed and necessary. Therapy will help an individual come to grasps with the underlying issues that a person has not been able to cope with.

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      TLC 5 years ago

      I can relate to what was said. It is just like any other illness and no one would tell you not to take your asthma meds, but often times, people do not understand that you may need meds along with counseling to treat whatever is going on.

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      msmacy 5 years ago from Killeen, Texas

      Thanks everyone...more to come.

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