One blogger's depression battle is inspiring others to share their stories
The year: 2003. I made an appointment with a doctor with the intent of getting a prescription for an antidepressant. The boy I was in love with all through college had figuratively sliced through my heart with a knife when he showed off his new flame in front of me.
I'd faced depression before, but the weight of that heartbreak left me looking for other options. Luckily, the doctor was sympathetic and I walked out of there with my first prescription for Paxil.
Since then, I've been on various antidepressants with periods of no medication. I've since decided that it's better for me to be on meds to help me "round out the edges" in my moods and keep me thinking clearly.
I'm not alone. Late last month, blogger Erin Jones posted a selfie with her prescriptions for antidepressant and antianxiety medication after a particularly painful battle. "I have tried living this life without prescription help," Jones wrote in a Facebook post. "It seems to have me on top of the world one minute and rocking in the corner the next. There is no consistency. I’m done with that. Anxiety and antidepressant medication to the rescue. Sometimes, folks, we just need help."
Jones' honest post inspired a new Twitter and Facebook hashtag — #MedicatedAndMighty — where people share their own stories and reasons for taking medication.
And it's sorely needed, even in today's culture of oversharing. When I first started taking antidepressants, there was no way I'd admit it. I felt like asking for medication was showing my crazy, even though, looking back, it showed my strength and determination to get better. Over the years I started opening up to friends about my own battle and, surprisingly, plenty of my friends and acquaintances were in the same boat. This helped me feel less alone in my battle, so if these #MedicatedAndMighty stories can help one person suffering from depression and anxiety feel better, then the hashtag has absolutely served its purpose.