Taking pills for me is the equivalent of using an umbrella. You still have to walk in the rain, but the walk is a little easier and more comfortable when you use an umbrella. Yes, you can choose to walk in the rain without an umbrella, but the journey will be much tougher.

Belief: 

I don’t need medication, it’s just in my mind.

Reality:

heart-1698840_1280Yes, it’s in your mind, but it’s no different than taking heart pills. If your doctor prescribed you medication for your heart telling you it will help you live longer and feel better, would you take them? If you said yes, why is depression or anxiety any different?

In my case, my brain doesn’t create enough serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps turn off the brain’s stress response. Low serotonin levels increase a person’s vulnerability to the kind of out-of-control stress response that leads to the onset of depression. Taking medication coaxes my brain to create more serotonin. Stopping medication, may not affect you immediately as it takes time for your brain to register the absence, but slowly it will go back to its old habit of not creating enough serotonin and you will be back where you started.

Stopping medication, may not affect you immediately as it takes time for your brain to register the absence, but slowly it will go back to its old habit of not creating enough serotonin and you will be back where you started.

Fear:

The medication will render me numb. Somebody told me they tried them and they felt nauseous and numb.

Personal Experience:

The depression & anxiety pills that I am taking do not numb me. They stabilise my ups and downs so they are more controllable. I’m still me, emotions and all.

medications-257344_1920That somebody probably felt this way because the medication was not right for her. My doctor warned me it could happen and told me to let him know if it did. They are several types of medication for depression and anxiety and since we are all unique human beings not all of them will agree with our bodies. We might need to try another kind. Please don’t give up and tell your doctor about your experiences.

Myths about antidepressants.