I have come to the end of my experiment. I’ve decided that although I have had to deal with the side effects of not taking my antidepressant, it’s better than the side effects I endured while taking my medication. I’ve learned that side effects are a real thing and can amount to turmoil and personal dilemmas. And, depending on which particular side effects you experience, it is up to each individual to decide for themselves whether or not they are going to put up with side effects of their medication, or not. People may have their opinions but only you live in your body and mind and so however you decide to handle managing side effects is a personal choice, and one to be made on one’s own will without pressure from others to stay on a med if you don’t feel that it’s right for you.
There are a lot of opinions and stigma attached to med compliancy. It is important to remind yourself that only you can decide what works best for you. If online support groups aren’t for you then don’t join them. If friends or family members apply pressure then kindly ask them to back off. Feelings of guilt, fear, pressure, and expectations from the outside world with regards to your mental health are not going to solve your dilemmas when it comes to handling your medication. So, it’s important to keep that in mind the next time you find yourself weighing the pros and cons of side effects.
It’s your personal journey, despite what the rest of the world thinks, so don’t be afraid to do whatever works best for you.
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