Don’t hide behind your computer screen or tablet or smart phone. Don’t judge me because of a hashtag. The #medicatedandmighty movement isn’t all bad. Some people need to realize that there is more than just medication being discussed here.
It’s about removing a stigma for asking for help. Help needed because of severe anxiety. Like debilitating can’t function anxiety. Help needed for those who are clinically depressed because of said anxiety. Help needed for those who are on the autism spectrum and FEEL so deeply that it actually impedes their functionality. And let’s talk about those who’s depression gets so bad it’s life or death on the line. They need help sometimes too.
The most courageous thing someone can do in those situations is to ASK for help. For some, therapy will help. For some it’s counseling. For some it’s herbal or supplements. For some it’s chiropractics and acupuncture. For some it’s going to be medications. And for others still, like Emelie, it’s a combination of things.
Medication was a last resort. BUT if it helps her and allows her to channel her coping mechanisms, why should I take away an opportunity for her to live her life? Because the person judging me thinks they know best? You haven’t met Emelie then.
She feels what is going on around her. She is in tune with others emotions in addition to her own. She has a good support around her. She has people who love her. She has dreams and goals but finds her anxiety in her way. We do a balanced approach.
Sure she uses medications. LIMITED and LOW DOSES. She also uses supplements. She has had counseling and we are re-adding it. She’s got therapies. She sees her psychiatrist (who recommends supplements and therapies before medicating Em) regularly. She sees her pediatrician regularly (who works closely with the psych per my request as they aren’t even in the same zip code). She sees a chiropractor regularly (who I keep in touch with both the psych and ped). We watch her diet and exercise and make sure she gets enough sleep.
So you see, if you haven’t walked in my shoes of answering a phone to a child begging you to help them or crying in your arms that they need help, how could you understand? If you haven’t watched your child rock in pain because they are overwhelmed by their environment and can’t help them because it’ll add to it, what gives you ANY right to judge?
Best of all… how do you know we didn’t do everything else we could first if all you do is judge and make people feel horrible for doing the best they can with what they have in the confines of their lives?
You can’t. You still will. And I won’t pretend to think you heard a word I vented in this blog. But you know what? That’s ok. Because those who DO get it know exactly why I wrote this.
Get off that glorious white horse of yours and realize, life isn’t black or white. And we are all entitled to provide the medical care that we deem necessary with our doctors of choice and guidance to survive. Even if you don’t like it or agree with it.