Antidepressants: Yes or No?

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Today is going to be a very frank chat about my personal view on antidepressants. I understand that opinions vary wildly on this subject, so I’m just going to throw my 2 cents into the mix. For many people, taking antidepressants/other medication for mental health is an extremely private affair, which I totally respect. However, if you feel comfortable talking about your own experiences, please go right ahead as I would love to hear your thoughts! This is a judgement-free zone.

Before I get into it, I just want to state that I am by no means a medical professional, and anything I write below is purely an opinion, not a professionally supported claim. Please do not take anything I say as medical advice! If you think you would benefit from an antidepressant, be sure to talk to your doctor about the right prescription for you.

Right, let’s get to it.

I’ll begin with the fact that I am a massive believer in medicine. This probably has something to do with the fact that my father is a doctor – if I had been the daughter of a naturopath or a herbalist, I would probably have a completely different view, but this is not the case. Of course, Dad doesn’t go dishing out pills left right and centre whenever we have a slight ache. I haven’t been raised to reach for a painkiller at the slightest sign of a headache, because I don’t see the point in putting a foreign ingredient into my body for a totally manageable about of pain. But when medicine is necessary, I gobble it up like a Hungry Hungry Hippo.

Let’s make a note of that word: necessary. It’s pretty important.

In early 2013, I had a laparoscopic surgery after years of crippling stomach pains. I would miss at least three days of school a month when my cycle began, and would lie on the bathroom floor crying for hours on end. The surgery revealed endometriosis, which, if you’re not familiar, is when the lining of your womb spreads and grows on your other organs, sticking them together. I had the growth cauterized (burnt off), and now take a bunch of pretty little pink pills every morning to stop it from growing back. Apart from the odd twinge, my stomach is pretty much normal now, and I can do so much more without the restrictions of that unbearable pain. Is my endometriosis medication necessary?

“Of course it is!” “You poor thing, how lucky that there’s a medication available to help!” “You would be silly not to take your pills, we wouldn’t want you that ill again!”

In November 2014, I got tonsillitis. My throat was so swollen I could barely breathe, and I cried in pain every time I swallowed. My doctor prescribed antibiotics and a throat rinsing solution. Within a couple of weeks, I was back to normal. Was my tonsillitis medication necessary?

“Absolutely, sometimes our bodies need a little help with things like that!” “Of course it was, everyone knows tonsillitis won’t go away on its own!” “For sure, antibiotics are miracle-workers!”

In July 2012 I had a cystoscopic hydrodistension, a surgery which involved my bladder being blown up like the grossest balloon there ever was. After I woke up from the surgery, I was in huge amounts of pain, and was prescribed a strong painkiller that made me fall asleep almost instantaneously. Was this pain medication necessary?

“Um, helloooo, of course it was! You were in extreme pain! What were you supposed to do!” “Obviously, I mean what other option was there?” “Of course! That’s what painkillers are for!”

In August, 2008, I experienced the worst pain of my life. But it wasn’t physical pain. It was crippling, crushing, leaden, ice-cold emotional pain. It was pain that rendered me unable to stand, eat, go to school, wash myself, speak, or see anyone. All I could do was cry and sleep. I lost so much weight that I could barely function. I was drained. This pain was called Depression. A disease more deadly than anything I had experienced previously, or have experienced since. So what did I do? I began taking antidepressants. Was my depression medication necessary?

“Just look on the bright side, it’s not that bad!” “Oh… I wouldn’t be putting that stuff into your body if I were you…” “…umm, are you sure you need to be taking those? Like, they really change you as a person…”

YES, THEY DO CHANGE YOU, THAT IS THE ENTIRE POINT. Do you think I WANT to stay a depressed, crying, unmotivated ball of panic for my whole life?! Newsflash: I don’t. I have had it up to here (you can’t see but my hand is touching the moon. My extendable telescopic arms come in handy for demonstration such as this) with people who have NO idea how it feels to be mentally ill, preaching about why you should avoid antidepressants at all costs. Imagine if the response to my endometriosis medication was “um, no offence, but you really shouldn’t be taking that. It makes you someone you’re not”. YEAH, I KNOW, it makes me a functioning, pain-free human being, instead of a useless, wobbling, crying heap of pain on the bathroom floor, getting in the way of people trying to use the toilet. Imagine if any time you reached for a painkiller, someone tutted and said “errr… have you tried just like, thinking positive? Maybe your migraine will go away if you’re a little less pessimistic”. WELL HALLELUJAH, I never thought of that! Thanks so much for shoving your comprehensive medical knowledge down my throat!

I’m sorry to rant and rave. I know I am getting carried away. But my point is, antidepressants are a legitimate form of treatment for a legitimate illnessDepression is classified as a “mental illness”, but those of us who have experienced it know that it is far from being all in your head. Depression has caused some of the worst physical symptoms of my life – the feeling of suffocation, the cold, hard lump that sits in my chest, the sensation that my veins are full of lead instead of blood, the racing heart that tells me I am about to cry for absolutely no reason. These symptoms are no different to someone with asthma, or someone with chronic fatigue, or someone with an arrhythmia. Yet somehow, when it’s a mental illness, you’re supposed to just tough it out unassisted. It’s ridiculous.

Now, I am by no means saying that you HAVE TO or SHOULD take antidepressants/anti-anxiety medication/anything else in order to get better. Everyone is different, and everyone responds to different treatments in different ways. For some people, exercise is the key. For some, cognitive behavioural therapy works best. For me, it’s a combination of all three. All I am saying is, if you feel you would benefit from some medical intervention, go for it. I, for one, will be cheering you on from my computer screen, because ANY decision you make is a step towards feeling better and you are an absolute champion for having the courage to do so. It is not easy to admit to yourself that you need help, and this ridiculous stigma surrounding mental health makes it so much harder. Just do what feels right for you! Of course, there are side effects, and yes, some people don’t like the idea of becoming “a zombie” or “a robot”. But this doesn’t happen to everyone, and every antidepressant works differently. If one type makes you feel numb and robotic, it doesn’t mean they all will.

For me, antidepressants are a vital part of my life. I have regular appointments with a therapist where we work on cognitive strategies to deal with my emotions, but the medication puts me at a level where those strategies are far more likely to effectively sink in. I have been on six different antidepressants over the last eight years, and have only just found one that feels right for me. I started taking Citalopram (a.k.a Celexa) a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t put into words the relief that comes with finally finding something that “clicks” with me. For anyone out there who is struggling to find the right approach to their mental health struggles: please, please know that it can and it will get better. I have lost hope so many times over the past eight years, and told myself that I will never find a way to feel better. For the first time in almost a decade, I feel like I’m actually getting somewhere, and I want you to know that it will happen for you, too. It might take a bloody long time, but you will get there. I promise.

If you would like me to write another post about the various antidepressants I have tried over the years, please let me know in the comments! I have experienced a vast array of side effects which I would be happy to discuss if you have any questions! Feel free to add your view in here – it’s ok if it’s wildly different from mine, I totally respect your opinions! I would love to hear anything you have to say on the matter.

Thank you for putting up with my ranting today, and just remember that you are NOT a weakling or a cop-out if you get help for how you feel. You are brave and strong and I am here for you if you need to talk.

All my love and thanks for reading,

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30 thoughts on “Antidepressants: Yes or No?

  1. Your blog has taught me a lot about people going through depression. I didn’t think that it could be so complicated and so difficult to overcome. I’m ashamed to say it but I was one of those people who thought that all they had to do was be a little more positive.
    Thank you so much for teaching me otherwise.

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    • You have no idea how much this comment means to me! I really appreciate your honesty, that is something you didn’t have to admit and it means a lot to me that you did. I don’t begrudge you one bit, for people who haven’t experienced depression it is nearly impossible to grasp. So don’t feel ashamed or guilty! Reading back over this post it seems a bit attack-y towards people who genuinely just don’t know, so I’m sorry if I made you feel bad about yourself! It wasn’t my intention, sometimes my frustration just boils over. I truly value this comment, thank you so much! x

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      • On my first visit to your blog, I am going to disagree with you.

        Wait for it. I do NOT think this post was “attack-y” at all! Rather, you found the perfect way to make the case for antidepressants for YOU. You made a clear and logical case for medical assistance. The way you describe the way medication helps the process of therapy is enlightening.

        I’m glad I stopped by.

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  2. Francesca, I love this post! Although I don’t have depression myself, I do agree with you that there is so much stigma around mental health and people seem to think that those going through such experiences just ‘need to cheer up’ which is disgusting. I have never had antidepressants, but I agree that they are are legimate- if it makes you feel better, how can it not be described as medication of some sort? Once again, great post!

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    • Thank you Nazmin! It is something that I feel very strongly about, because I know SO many people who just don’t get it. People who say things like “happiness is a choice” are one of my greatest frustratations – umm, excuse me, but if I could CHOOSE to be magically happy all the time, don’t you think I would have done that blimming ages ago?! It amazes me that people can have such a simple view on mental health. I really appreciate your encouragement, thank you for reading and commenting!

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  3. I agree, there is an unreasonable stigma around antidepressants. It’s a hangover from the use of benzodiazepines in the 60’s and 70’s which got people addicted and didn’t necessarily help the underlying problem, so older generations are scared of them. Knowledge of brain chemistry has moved on a lot since then and there are so many new medicines. As time goes on no doubt there will be new knowledge too. I think the other thing for people is understanding the difference between being a bit down (where CBT and learning to change your perspective can help) and clinical depression where people cannot function. In the UK clinical depression is recognised as a disability under the equal opportunities legislation.
    I’m glad that you have found something that works for you. Some of my patients have a history of mental health issues as well as breast cancer and those who are self aware, get involved in their care (and if they are lucky have a supportive family/friend) seem to manage the best. I think that the future looks positive for you in that respect. 😊 Keep up the good work!

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    • Thank you so much for your comment, and it seems like you know a great deal about this subject so I really value your opinion! I didn’t realise the origin of the stigma was the benzodiazepines, so thank you for clarifying that for me. You’re so right about the distinction between clinical depression and just feeling a bit down – I have experienced both and they are worlds apart.
      I really appreciate your encouragement, and I am lucky to have a very supportive family like you say. Thanks so much again!

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      • I’ve been a practicing doctor for 25 yrs and I’ve met a lot of people! I’m an INFJ so I like to listen and read and understand what’s going on with people and share what I’ve learned from them. One of my best friends is a psychiatrist so I like to talk to her too. There’s a lot I don’t know😳 But when I see someone struggling or working to overcome a struggle I want to at least try to support them even if I don’t always get it right. Thanks for your feedback, 😊

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        • Oh wow, that’s great! What kind of doctor are you? I am an INFJ too, it can be tricky sometimes to find people you click with but when it does happen, it’s so special. I appreciate your support very much!

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          • I’m a surgeon specialising in breast cancer. I recently met an occupational psychologist who told me that he’d never met an INFJ surgeon before!! I wasn’t surprised I’ve always felt like an outsider☺️ But trying to use the advantages of a different point of view😊

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  4. I’m so so glad you posted this Francesca. Thank you so much for putting into words what I haven’t been able to! Thank you! Taking antidepressants should never be frowned upon. There’s an awful stigma surrounding mental illnesses, and this encompasses the use of antidepressants too. But why? It’s much better than methods used in the past to ‘treat’ depression, like ECT. I read The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath years ago, but I’ll always be haunted by the words of Esther’s mother: “I’m so glad you decided to be normal again.” Normal. As if depression is a choice. Would anybody choose to feel like that?
    For years, a friend of mine has suffered from depression, and it’s insane how many people have ridiculed her and told her to get over it. How is that okay? You wouldn’t say the same for a physical illness, so why is it acceptable for mental health? I can’t say antidepressants have always helped her, though.

    I’ve had a lot of trips to the hospital, and every time I go there, I’ll be given medication. Nobody questions it. For the most part, I forget what happened to me months after. When I’m depressed or feeling anxiety, I can’t say the same. I don’t forget. The feeling doesn’t go away. I can’t stop the pain.
    Also, I just want to say – I feared that I had endometriosis once. I had horrible pains that wouldn’t go away for days. I’d always go to the doctor to see what was wrong, and every time they’d tell me it was nothing and hand me some pills. The pills never helped. I still have the pain. What I hate the most is when people tell me it doesn’t hurt that much and that I’m exaggerating. Really? Are you in my body? Are you me? When I used to take time off school, I could never give it as a reason because they wouldn’t believe me.
    We have a lot of ignorant people in the world.

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    • Thank you so much for this honest comment Fatima! It is not easy to acknowledge our mental health struggles and it means a lot to me that you took the time to discuss some of your thoughts and experiences.

      You are so right about The Bell Jar thing, I re-read it just a couple of months ago and that very sentence stuck out to me too! It’s chilling. And the descriptions of ECT are just terrifying, it’s so hard to believe that’s what actually used to happen. I’m sorry to hear that your friend has been treated like that, it constantly amazes me that even now, in 2016, people can still be so ignorant about mental illness. I would have thought by now this ridiculous stigma would have died down but nope, so many people are just as pigheaded as ever.

      As for what you said about endometriosis, I’m so sorry that you haven’t been taken seriously when you’ve been in pain! Perhaps seeing an OB-GYN instead of a regular doctor might be better? No doctors took me seriously either until I went to an OB-GYN, who immediately agreed with me that it sounded like endometriosis and started making plans for surgery right away. I think the problem is, females are expected to have menstrual pain anyway, so it’s hard to convince people that it is more than just regular cramps. I told my doctors over and over that I seemed to be in way more pain than was normal (compared to my friends and sister), but it was just dismissed as “lady troubles” until I went to the specialist. So I totally know what you mean about people claiming you’re exaggerating! It’s beyond frustrating when you can’t convey how you feel, just because it isn’t visible. You’re exactly right, like dude, are you me? Is my uterus in your body right now? Yeah, didn’t think so. So shut your flipping gob. Some people!!! Anyway, I would really encourage you to keep trying until someone takes you seriously, because you shouldn’t have to live with pain like that. I know how you feel and it royally sucks! Thank you so much again for your comment, and I hope you’re having a lovely day 🙂

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      • I’ll take your advice! Thank you so much 🙂 I did have a scan once, but it didn’t reveal anything concerning, so I really don’t know what the problem is. All I can say is that the pain is unbearable. I think the worst comments are from women who also get pain, but not to the extent that we do. They think they can talk for all women. “Shut your flipping gob.” Exactly! But thank you so much again for posting this. It’s the first time I’ve talked to someone with pains like mine.

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        • Unfortunately with endometriosis the only way to tell if you have it is through surgery – a scan wouldn’t show it even if it was there. Such a pain right! (literally…) But if you suspect you have it, you can probably still get some medication for it without having the surgery – I mean, it puts you out of action for a wee while as you recover. Maybe talk to a specialist and just see if there is a way you can just assume you have it and get some medication? I am happy to talk any time if you have any questions about it, it’s a really horrible illness and no one should have to suffer it alone!

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  5. I’m so glad you wrote this post. It’s ridiculous that any medication you take for any illness people are okay with, and even view you as a little crazy if you decide NOT to take it, but it’s completely different with psychoactive medications. (Although this very day I had someone tell me that I shouldn’t take medication for my migraines *heavy eye-roll* and so I guess some people just have opinions no matter what.)

    I really did well on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. OF COURSE they changed me! They changed me into someone who wasn’t so full of anger and fear and sadness that I could hardly function. They changed me into someone who didn’t think about killing herself constantly.

    Besides, I would argue that they don’t really change who you are, but just change you into who you would be without your illness. Like, if someone is born without a limb and then they go to get a prosthesis, no one is going to say “But that’s going to change who you are!” If anyone does, they deserve to get punched in the face. Because that’s stupid, and stupidity of that level can’t just go unpunished. I’m sorry. Psychoactive drugs are like prosthetics, they fill stuff in so that you can live your most functional life. I guess you could say they complete your brain in a way.

    I also love what you said about how they make it so other strategies are likely to be affective. That was so true for me. I’ve been compulsively picking the skin on my fingers to the point of severe bleeding since I was in first grade, and I’ve never been able to stop it with any amount of will-power or cognitive behavioural strategies. It’s kind of serious because first of all it looks awful and second of all I’ve actually lost some of the sensation in my fingertips. After about a month of sertraline and bupropion, I was able to use strategies successfully and stop completely. After over ten years of being unable to. That’s huge. The best part is that was just kind of a bonus thing I wasn’t expecting to get help with.

    Unfortunately, I had to go off of my medications because they were giving me side-effects. I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of what’s sometimes called brain zaps or brain shocks, but it’s basically a thing with your nerves that feels like, well, being zapped or shocked, and can be a side effect of some medications, including the ones I was on. I haven’t gone on anything else yet, because I wanted to see how I did without them (and my primary doc wanted to make sure that the brain zaps were caused by the medications) and so far I’ve been doing okay, but I would certainly not be opposed to going back on something in the future, because I still have my moments.

    I would, however, find another doctor to manage my meds, because I wasn’t a fan of my previous one. When I said I didn’t want to try anything else for the time being, she got really irritated. I think she took it personal and it was just kind of weird. I still have my visit summary from her, because she had typed “Good luck with your mental health.” I couldn’t stop laughing because I could just hear the sarcasm. Ah. Fun times. My mother and I still laugh about that.

    Anyway, really enjoyed this post! Very important.

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    • Thank you so much for sharing Chloe! It means a lot to me that you took the time to type out such a thoughtful and thorough response. I know it’s not easy an easy thing to broadcast and I appreciate that you did. The thing you said about the prosthesis is soooo accurate! Haha what an amazing way of putting it! And seriously, someone questioned MIGRAINE medication?! What the heck do they suggest you do instead? Ugh. Some people.

      I am really happy to hear that being on medication helped with your finger picking, that sounds like such a painful habit you poor thing! I don’t have an example like that but I did try many different CBT counselors before finally going on medication and for me, I needed it to give me that extra boost.

      I’m really interested to hear that Sertraline gave you brain zaps – they are horrible right! Such a bizarre feeling, and so hard to describe. I was on Sertraline for a while and my main side effect was EXTREME sweating, particularly at night. I had to change my sheets every single morning because I would wake up to them literally soaked. I could wring out my pajamas like a washcloth. It was super disgusting. But then I tried another one called Venlafaxine, and that was the one that gave me the brain zaps! And migraines. And fainting. Needless to say, I didn’t stay on that one very long 😛 Finally I have settled on one that feels right, aside from the occasional morning headache I seem to have avoided any drastic side effects this time around! Sixth time lucky 😛

      That doctor sounds ridiculous! I hope you find another one you like. It astonishes me how people in the medical field can still be so ignorant when it comes to mental illness. When I went to my ex-doctor for the first time about my depression, his genuine advice (delivered while smirking) was “oh sweetie, you just need to have more sex.” I wanted to punch his smug little face right there! Like, seriously?! THAT’S your magical cure? Thanks a whole bunch. Hence, EX-doctor haha.

      Thanks again for your comment!

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      • They didn’t suggest anything instead. There was a not-very-subtly implied, “it’s just a headache.” Which was hilarious because it’s the first time I’ve had someone treat a physical illness the way a lot of people treat mental illness. That was an interesting experience!

        Yeah, it isn’t my favourite thing, and now that I’m off medication I’ve started doing it again. Might end up going back on it for that if nothing else.

        Yes! They are awful and I felt like a crazy person trying to explain them to my doctor, who thankfully knew what I was talking about. My primary doctor was kind of concerned because my mother has MS and so anything that is remotely neurological has her wanting me to get an MRI, but it ended up definitely being the medication. Glad you finally found something that worked! That’s the hard thing is all the experimentation and awful side effects you have to go through, but when you find something that works, it can really be worth it!

        Um, yes, I’m going to need the address of this doctor so that I can PUNCH HIM IN THE FACE WHAT THE HECK?! Not even a little bit okay.

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        • Seriously?! Just a headache? Yeahhh… pretty sure that person needs a hasty migraine so they can see how it feels. Not that I would wish a migraine on anyone, buuut… some people just need to know what it’s like in someone else’s shoes! You poor thing, how infuriating.

          Also, I’m really sorry to hear that about your mum. I don’t know anyone personally with MS, but I know it’s a debilitating illness and I’m sorry that it’s happened to her. I hope she is doing ok, I’m sending my love and thoughts to her and your family through cyber-space!

          Ugh, I know right. I basically ran out of that appointment and refused to ever see him again. He was a class A jerk.

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          • Hehe, I was amused more than anything, but yes, perhaps they should have a migraine! And thank you! She’s actually doing pretty good; her last MRI didn’t show any more damage to her brain or spine over the last six months, so we were really happy about that. I’m glad you dind’t go back, and I hope all of his patients end up doing the same so he only has himself to give jerkish advice to. 🙂

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  6. I am so glad I found this post. I am in my second week of my first ever antidepressant and it feels like I can finally see life the way it is! My emotions no longer control me – I am in control of them. With a mixture of therapy, socializing with good friends, exercise and medication I feel I have finally found the missing piece to my life puzzle. Thank you for writing!

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    • Hi Justine, thank you for your thoughtful comment! I am so happy for you that you are finding antidepressants to be beneficial – don’t let anyone tell you that you should stop taking them! If they’re working for you, that’s all there is to it. It is really scary taking them for the very first time, I remember being terrified when I began my first ever prescription. You are brave to take control and take this step towards feeling better! You have an internet friend in me any time if you want to talk, I’ll be checking out your blog in just a minute once I’m done replying to these comments! Love to you, and lovely to meet you 🙂 x

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  7. Fascinating post and equally as interesting commentary. I have dealt with varying levels of depression for several years, working through it initially with counseling and psychotherapy with mixed results and the resultant roller-coaster of emotional upheaval. I worked so hard at feeling better that in some ways I feel I lost a part of who I am in the process.

    I, like you, have long been the type of person to hold off on taking medication (or even visiting a doctor) until my situation reached a point where the pain and/or discomfort was unbearable. Dealing with mental illness simply fell into that same pattern and as much as I realized that something was wrong it took a complete bottoming out for me to finally reach out for the counseling. Like I said, it helped but certainly didn’t solve everything. Over that time I also ended up trying a number of different anti-depressants, all to no avail. I had been forewarned that adjusting to them would be rough, but in each case I basically had no trouble with them, which should have been a big red flag.

    Fast forward to this past Christmas where I once more reached the bottom and ultimately ended up being faced with hospitalization and/or medication. I diligently attended sessions with a psychiatrist and after discussing medication again he had me try Venlafaxine. Similar to your observations I experienced horrible side effects and spent the next six weeks feeling like I wanted to die. But I had been told it might happen and that the strength of the side effects should be taken as an indicator of its effectiveness. I was advised to give it the full eight weeks before trying something else.

    Well I must admit that I now have energy to do things again, go out and do things and my relationship is much better now. The side effects have now disappeared and I have a much more positive view on things. I still deal with anxiety to a degree, but overall I am finding me again. I also found out recently that I might have a heart condition, but instead of panicking or avoiding dealing with it I have gone to all of the tests and appointments and am taking the blood pressure meds as prescribed. Sometimes, even if you would rather not, taking medications really is the best alternative.

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    • Darcy, thank you so much for taking the time to leave such an honest and detailed comment! I am always amazed that people even read my writing, let alone leave such thoughtful comments. It means the world to me. I’m so glad to hear that Venlafaxine feels right for you – for me, that was my least effective one, which just goes to show how different every person is! It’s awful that you felt so bad this Christmas, but it sounds like you made the right decision in going back onto medication. It’s definitely not for everyone, but if it’s working for you, then that’s all that matters. I wish you all the best and that your mental health continues to improve… I am here if you need to vent! Thanks again for stopping by 🙂

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  8. LOVE this Post ❤ ❤ ❤
    As a person who suffers with depression and anxiety I can totally relate to the stigma of those who think we can "Just Get Over It" or "Thing Happy Thoughts" & we will be fine. It is quite ridiculous!!! I am sorry you struggle as well but I can totally understand the crippling ball of tears you're talking about. You are not alone. You are doing the right thing and getting the care you need!! That itself is a very hard step. Love your writing style and your blog!! You have a new follower!! Feel free to check out my blog as well 😉

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    • Thank you so much for your comment, and while I’m sad to hear you too struggle with mental health, I’m glad you could relate to this! This was such a lovely and uplifting comment and I’m so grateful to you for stopping by. I am here any time if you need an internet friend to talk to about this stuff! It’s not easy trying to do it alone. Heading over to your blog now! ❤

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  9. I really enjoyed reading this post. I’m sorry that you suffered from depression, I’ve never suffered from it personally but one of my really close friends has and I can’t imagine how awful it must be. I have anxiety and I was given the option to have medication but I chose to just have therapy as I didn’t know how they would make me feel. However, I think it is important to have therapy too as this helps you to learn to deal with it in certain situations. But I think its a personal choice and I completely understand why people would choose to take medication because I’ve seen how much it can help. 🙂

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    • I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment, thank you so much! I am sorry to hear that you suffer from anxiety, it is such a tough thing to deal with. Well done you for making the decision that felt right for you – like I said, medication isn’t for everyone, and you’re so right that therapy is just as important. I hope it is working for you! And I totally respect your decision to not take medication. Thank you again for your thoughtful and honest comment! 🙂

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