This holiday season I’m thankful for the antidepressants

This is the point in sharing my experience where I have to stress that it is, really, only my experience. I am (obviously) not a doctor or mental health professional in any capacity. I’m just sharing my own (limited) perspective and experience. Are there any risks associated with these drugs? Absoutely. It’s worth doing your own research, talking to medical professionals, and taking your time to weigh the pros and cons. I share my deep success with drugs to help break the stigma associated with the “need” for drugs and to show that sometimes these pills really do the trick.

For me, the first few days I started my meds, I was drowsy during the day and had difficulty falling asleep. I then switched from morning to evening intake and my symptoms disappeared.

I have been taking the same medication, at the same dose, for over a year now, and could not be more satisfied. I noticed immediate help for my anxiety symptoms, but over time I realized my overall mood was better – I became less irritable and less pessimistic. My social interactions felt a bit easier and I felt my social battery had improved. I would never have described myself as depressed, but I also have to admit that the medication helped improve my mood.

I joined groups of hikers and spent the day with strangers. I bouldered, discovered geocaching, participated in meeting groups. I interviewed a literary novel and signed with a literary agent. I submitted and published news and essays. I moved across the country. I (obviously) kept my job.

I put work into all of this, of course, and I can’t say that none of this would have happened without the drugs – I’ve always pushed myself, I’ve always been motivated and focused on my career. But I feel better about myself, have more hope for the future, and have more confidence in myself and my instincts every step of the way. I present myself as a kinder, more patient version of myself in all aspects of my life – those changes that I attribute to a simple prescription.

Are Psychiatric Medications Right For You? I have absolutely no idea. But if you think about it, I encourage you to speak to the healthcare professionals in your life who have an idea, or to make an appointment with someone new in the right field who can go over your history, needs and needs. your lifestyle in general. to decide what might or might not work for you. There is no shame in trying to improve and enjoy your life, even though wellness gurus want you to believe that all you need is green juice and a little yoga.

Everyone deserves this kind of health care – free (or at least very low cost), remotely accessible, affirmative and safe. Sign and send the petition to your United States Democratic senator (s): Climate cannot wait, health cannot wait, healthcare cannot wait, and immigration reform cannot wait. It’s time to pass the Build Back Better Act.

Be sure to check out our list of five free mental health resources, and don’t forget that you can reach the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 24/7. 7. It’s always free, confidential, and has options for both Spanish speakers and people who are deaf or hard of hearing.