Mental health conversations have come a long way. People are more and more willing to talk about what is going on in their life and if they are struggling. People are able to get help. So, it surprises me when I still hear some people talk about a fear of taking medication.
Taking medication for your mental health is not a sign of weakness. In fact, it is a sign of strength. It is a sign that you are willing and able to acknowledge that you might need help and get the assistance you need to improve your life.
If you had a cut on your leg, it might be small enough to heal on its own with maybe just a bandage you can get at the store. But what if it wasn't healing? What if it got infected? What if it got so bad that you couldn't walk or it affected your job? Wouldn't it be appropriate to see a doctor to see if it might be infected and get some antibiotics?
If you are experiencing a mental health struggle, you might be able to deal with it on your own with a relaxing weekend in bed with some ice cream and good movies. But what if that didn't make you feel better? What if instead you felt way worse? What if it got so bad that you couldn't get out of bed or it affected your job? Wouldn't it be appropriate to talk to someone about how you are feeling and get some insight or even medication?
It's completely ridiculous to me that taking medication for an illness is seen as a no-no. I see it as just one more tool to help you feel your best, so you can live the life you want.