confidentcrpdBeing 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  • Have you become socially withdrawn – Yes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?

Confident man photo available from Shutterstock

 







    Last reviewed: 25 Apr 2013

APA Reference
Loberg, E. (2013). Being Human – It’s Hard, Ok.. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 28, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/manic-depression/2013/04/23/being-human-its-hard-ok/

 

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