Dear Depression, how does medication help control you?

Medication; antidepressants to be specific; help your brain produce the chemicals that it is lacking like Neuropenephrin and Serotonin. Since I lack both of those, I take Sertraline (Zoloft), along with a low dose of Aripiprazole (Abilify). There are so many different points of view when it comes to taking medication for depression.

The first one I always hear is people think that the medication will “heal” you, or “fix” you. I can tell you right now, that is won’t. No medication can do that for you, it isn’t magic like my mom says. I have been through five different medications for my depression, some of them even made my depression worse because I started to gain 20 pounds over time. I felt so hopeless after going through so many and none of them working. Now I am on a fantastic medication. Everyone’s bodies are different and react differently to certain medications. What works for me won’t necessarily work for you. What mine helps me with, is simply having that motivation to get up out of bed in the morning and go do something. Whether it is to go to school, go to the gym before school, ride my bike, paint, etc. It just gives you a little push to allow yourself to enjoy the things you love doing again. You’ll still get sad some days, but that won’t go away because it isn’t magic. But it really gives me a big boost.

The second one I also always hear is people think that they don’t NEED medication for their depression. I mainly hear this from my stubborn male friends that struggle but “don’t want to rely on medication to make them happy for the rest of their lives.” Even some females that think they can’t struggle in life. They think they have to be perfect and strong for their family and friends. in my opinion, I do think it is needed because for me at least, I don’t think I would be here if it wasn’t for my medication and counseling to help me because I was just stuck in this deep, dark, black hole and that was scary. Nobody should ever have to get to that point or advance past that point in their lives. It is a real disease and it shouldn’t be embarrassing to get help for that. You need to know that you are loved and you need to be happy and enjoy life as much as you possibly can. You deserve that. ❤

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“Medicine 02” by Taki Steve under (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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