Have heard others talk about people who have to take medication for mental health issues? I, like most people, was extremely afraid to be put on some medication that I would be dependent on for the rest of my life. My bigger fear though was, what if others found out I have to be on medication?!?! What would they think? What would they say? Would they think I’m crazy? For someone already dealing with anxiety the decision to start medication can seem like a mountain you can’t get over on your own.
The good news is my mom and my husband cared about my fears. They helped me understand that together we wouldn’t give up until we found away to deal with this and not be on medication for the rest of my life. I just had to be willing to put up a fight and face my fears. When we finally found a doctor that I was comfortable with and that was open to the fact that I didn’t want to be on medicine my whole life, we just started from the beginning and formulated a plan. The first step in this process was telling the doctor EVERYTHING and being courageous enough to hear what she had to say.
As a team we did decide to start me on some medication so I could get back on a routine and a sleep schedule. In the meantime, they knew I was going to continue to research and study all the information I could on this subject. I wanted to incorporate more natural remedies as we went along with the hopes of one day ending the medication and letting the natural supplements take their place.
I’m happy to report this plan worked and I am now medication free!! I got my life, my happy, and most of all my hope back. It was no easy road but with the right help anything is possible, but you must be courageous enough to ask for the help.