Being Human – It’s Hard, Ok.
Being a human being is hard, and sometimes we forget that living in a body and mind is not easy. We all experience an array of emotions, and sometimes it’s hard to know if your mood needs pharmaceutical attention, or not.
Recently I was up late watching TV and came across an ad for a prescriptive drug:
- Do you have trouble falling asleep – Yes
- Have you become socially withdrawn – Yes
- Do you feel sad, lonely, or depressed – Yes, Yes, Yes
Wait, doesn’t everyone feel these things? – YES!
When pharmaceutical companies push their products you can start to think you need help. As a culture, we tend to throw medications at a problem instead of actually taking a moment to acknowledge that you might simply be experiencing what it means to be a human being. When you look around there are people struggling with the same “symptoms” yet, they find a way to manage without using a drug. It is hard to face your emotions. It is hard to adjust your life to suite your needs. It is hard to make changes to help yourself. Being a human being is hard and requires personal attention outside of popping a pill. It’s not easy, but it’s better than a temporary solution that might become a life long addiction.
Next time you watch a commercial selling a pharmaceutical drug, take a moment and ask yourself: Am I just being human?
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Loberg, E. (2013). Being Human – It’s Hard, Ok.. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 27, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/04/23/being-human-its-hard-ok/