I was requested to write a blog post on my medication that I take.
About 18 months ago It was suggested that I began to take medication, I was very apprehensive and nervous for the idea. Here I am, 18 months on and I can honestly say, despite the comments or shaming to medication; I honestly wouldn’t be as strong as am today without it.
I started off having a consultation with my mental health doctor who recommended I began taking Sertraline.
Sertraline: Sertraline is a type of antidepressant known as an SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor). It is often used to treat depression, and also sometimes panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I began taking 50mg a day. This was a huge step for me, as I was so scared to be putting new hormones, and chemicals into my body.
With medication, you are usually advised to give it 2 to 3 weeks to ‘enter your system’ before assessing whether you feel it has worked in a positive manner.
After noticing a positive effect for some time, I realised that being on medication was helping me to keep my head above the water. It hasn’t made me better, but I find that I can control my emotions better, I can battle each day with more motivation and I can be braver. You can do this too!
I would advise not to read into the side effects and details of medication on a high level, because this can be daunting and you must remember that you have been advised (by a specialist) to try the drug for a positive outcome. It is not a magic pill and will take time and patience to work.
Around 10 months ago, I had another update with my doctor, and I realised perhaps it would be beneficial if I tried 100mg, instead of 50mg. This was simply, just because I had dipped a little more in my depression.
Although, It has helped me moving onto a stronger medication, this makes it even more important to take each tablet everyday. This has become a part of my day, and I personally like to take this at night because I yawn as a side effect of taking the tablet. This means that I can relax a little more at night, before I switch off and head to bed . It is also important that I take the tablet at roughly the same time each evening, as the drug is a strong hormone in my body (for my body mass, against the strength of the tablet) that I need to make sure the right amount is being balanced in my body, not too much, but enough. Not taking the tablet can result in different withdrawal symptoms for different people. For me, missing my tablet for even one day, I can feel my mental strength deteriorate, and this is scary. Taking tablets is important.
Being advised to take medication does not make you weak, this does not make you a failure but this makes you strong for realising that you my need a helping hand. This is fine, I promise.
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