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Medication Has Helped Me so Much

I am an amateur writer aiming to break stigma and generate more understanding and informative content about mental health.

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Around the internet you will find tons of different opinions about medication for mental health conditions.

Medications don't always work for everyone. Sometimes you have to experiment with different medications in order to find one that helps you. This is something that I personally had dealt with all of my life.

When you have a hard time finding the right medication it can be extremely discouraging for you and you may wonder if medication even truly works.

Sometimes the side effects of different types of medications can be too much for you or your doctor's liking.

Growing up with ADHD and other mental health conditions, I am no stranger to medication used in my treatment. I have noticed a pattern when it came to my meds such as mood stabilizers and anti-depressants. I have noticed that I will feel better for the first few months on them but then it's almost like that just suddenly comes to a halt and I end up feeling more negative side effects than positive.

This is something that I have constantly dealt with over my life-time and it's extremely frustrating to say the least but many times when this happened I have made the dangerous and unwise decision to stop my meds cold turkey.

Now for me personally, stopping my meds cold turkey did not cause any adverse effects that I noticed in myself but still DO NOT DO THIS.

As I got older and wiser I started to wonder if perhaps my sudden desire to stop my medications all together is only a symptom, one that I needed to suppress until I talk to my therapist or doctor about how I'm feeling.

Always talk to your healthcare providers before stopping or changing your medication dosages.

My Experience With My Current Medication

I believe that I have finally found my "miracle" drug but in all actuality, there is no such thing as a miracle drug.

But this is probably the closest I've ever had to one.

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It's called Zoloft. (Sertraline)

Because of this medication, I can do things that I never even imagined being able to do before in my life.

I have motivation to do things that I have never even had the desire to do in the past such as going to the gym, having friends over for sleepovers, going over to friends' houses, learning new bus and public transportation routes and even writing on HubPages.

I have also noticed that I am not as disturbed by certain things anymore. Minor slip ups don't seem like the end of the world anymore, disagreements with family or friends doesn't automatically mean they hate me anymore.

I used to be very disgusted and grossed out easily. I had a very hard time with doing dishes and cleaning up animal poop or puke, or anything that resulted in having to touch or be in close proximity to something I felt was gross.

Although I still don't like doing those things, I noticed since being on Sertraline, that my tolerance for doing those things is better. I no longer feel the need squint my eyes closed while gagging while doing those things.

I feel like I am a normal person again but unlike a "miracle" drug, I am not completely cured, I still have my ups and downs, I still struggle particularly with anxiety, and I still get my dark, low vibe thoughts and feelings from time to time but the difference between now and then is incredibly noticeable for not only me but my family as well who have expressed how excited they are to how well I'm doing now.

I can cope with things I was unable to cope with before and that to me makes the biggest difference in my quality of life.

Anyone who is struggling with mental health conditions I urge you to please seek treatment from a mental health professional and if you are having a hard time with medication or your current treatment, keep trying different things with the guide of your doctor.

Do not give up.

You are worth recovery.

This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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