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One Size Does Not Fit All

denim jeansI am sure if you had the opportunity that you might ask me what my mental health regimen is – what medications in what dose I take, how often I submit to psychotherapy, and how often I see my psychiatrist (among other things).

I am wearing a pair of jean capris a few sizes smaller than my skinny jeans. There are no standard sizes in womens’ clothing. Did you know that? I studied apparel design and production at university. It’s fact. Every designer or brand or label figures out what their size 10 is.

So what works for me – my size 10 – may not be what works for you at your size 10. Get it?

What I am trying to articulate is that there are no rules. Everyone’s brain chemistry is different. And even after awhile of stability, you may need some medication maintenance. That’s okay. That’s to be expected.

My regimen could wreak havoc on your precious brain because I require meds that push the limit. My good friend who also has mental illness is very sensitive to medication. We marvel at how one medication affects both of us in different ways.

Psychiatric care is not a one size fits all. Some may need more therapy. Some may need more meds. Some may need less of either. Don’t compare yourself to anyone. Don’t think that just because it didn’t work that nothing will work. I was once labeled “treatment resistant.” And here I am, still alive, still fighting the fight.


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One Size Does Not Fit All

Elaina J. Martin

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Martin, E. (2015). One Size Does Not Fit All. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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