OK, duty is done, sister has been to doctor and hairdresser, prescriptions filled and brought home. And with that thought, I'll resume my White Paper On the Subject Of Mental Health Medications. Or something like that, LOL.
I honestly don't know what's up with people who think drugs are the answer to everything. If I had my druthers, I'd be on NO meds, because I really hate spending my hard-earned money on them (one of my psych meds is $165
for a 30-day supply!!) and I loathe
having to take pills in order to be 'normal'---normal blood pressure, normal blood sugar, normal breathing, normal moods and mental function. There are several residents at my assisted-living community who are in their 90s and don't even take Tylenol for a headache; I can't even imagine that. But it would be nice to not have to be on so many (12 Rx, 3 OTC).
However......I have this funny thing about sanity. Now that I've experienced it, I've come to like
it and really want more of it, so I take four different drugs to maintain it (five if you count the OTC melatonin for sleep). I did NOT accept this reality easily. For years, I denied even the possibility of being bipolar because I didn't want to take lithium, which scared the pants off me. So I went on and off antidepressants for a decade---I'd switch into what I now recognize as mania, and stop them because I feared they had something to do with the crazy feelings I was having; then when the inevitable happened and I crashed into a blubbering, raging, desperate episode of depression, I'd call my internist and get a new AD prescription.......lather, rinse, repeat.
So when I was told that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life, my first instinct was to rebel. I wasn't about to become "dependent" on meds just to function......and yet, time and experience have proven that I absolutely, positively MUST be medicated in order to live my best
life. And isn't that what we all want?
Yes, there are times when I'm uncomfortable, sad, anxious, blue, upset, distressed, angry, and disappointed; these are emotions that everyone
experiences, and they can't---and shouldn't
---be medicated away. But when one's mental issues are overwhelming to the point that they are affecting every area of life, it's time to think about getting help, and a combination of therapy and pharmaceuticals gives us the best chance of accomplishing our goals.
And that's all I have to say about that.