I have a love/hate relationship with taking medicine for anxiety/depression.
Taking medicine for mental health reasons can make one feel... crazy. One might think that they've lost the battle, or that their brain must be broken if they have to take medicine.
My point is, it is already not an easy thing for some people to do.
Then, enter the internet.
Every little thing you type on the internet could be misinterpreted. Including this post. The internet can be a super helpful place, but it can also sink someone deeper into depression. So, just really try to think about what you're posting out there.
Many times, I will come across a blog post, Instagram post, or even just a random comment, and someone will be talking about mental health medicine. But not focusing on how it helps them. It will be a post on how they just stopped taking their meds and, they feel great, and they are SO glad they did.
Now, many of these posts have good intentions. They might even also include things like, "but I don't necessarily recommend that you do this!" Or, "but I'm glad I took the meds, they did help me through a rough time."
Still, the damage is done for some. You have put in someone's head a doubt. "Maybe I don't need MY medicine?" They think as they read your words.
Or, if it is a blog there's also the possibility that one post is about how the person stopped taking medicine. Someone reads that. But, what they don't read is the post three weeks later where the same person says never mind, I take back what I said.
I take a SSRI, and it works great. I've stopped taking it, even slowly as recommended, and my anxiety and depression gets worse. I'm a fan of medicine. For colds, cancer, depression, and everything in between. Science. Medicine. It's why we live longer than our ancestors.
And, this is tricky because one will argue that they should be allowed to celebrate going off meds online if they want. I guess I can't argue with that. But, I'll try... You can celebrate or whatever. But, first, does it have to be online? And if yes, just really think about all the people who depend on medicine. Maybe leave out any kind of talking the medicine down.
For example, don't say, "The medicine was good, it helped me through a rough patch, but MAN, I just wasn't myself!" You are putting a negative spin on it and possibly telling people that medicine is going to make them feel weird. That could be interpreted as all medicine, no matter who you are, will make you feel weird. Which isn't true.
So again folks, think before you type. I'm guilty of it too. I type out some pretty dumb things on the internet. But we all just need to try, including myself.