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Have you ever heard someone say something and it keeps replaying in your head for hours or days later?

I heard someone speaking about an event that she is planning.  In her enthusiasm, she said “We check everyone out.  We don’t have anyone on crazy meds.”

W  o  w.

I get it.  There are some people who have issues beyond an administrator’s skills and it is important to keep everyone safe.

However, who determines which drugs are on the “acceptable” list?  Are all mental disorders considered “crazy” or only the presumed “simple” ones (as if) like anxiety and panic attacks?  Does a past history, kept functional and positive with continued treatment, count against a participant?

Perhaps it hit too close to home or this person has never had any kind of mental health issue impact them in any way.  But, for those 400 million plus worldwide who have, compliance, commitment, and courage are critical to recovery and healing.

When we continue to add labels of shame and stigma, people continue to fight alone.  They would rather stop taking their pills than ask for help.  If you have heard anyone crashing into mania and psychosis, you know that the first question is “Are you taking your meds?”

There is no magic pill and it takes a lot of trial and error to find a combination that an individual can live with and lots of advocacy and self-awareness.  Monitoring moods and triggers is a way of life.

Mental health disorders are caused by numerous factors including genetics, drug reactions, pregnancy, situational events, brain disorders, major illness, hormones and  numerous other tragedies.  People don’t gain attention because of their mental illness; They withdraw even further into fear and vulnerability.

Words have power and how we use them determines who we can support and encourage or who we will lose along the way.

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7 Comments

  1. Aptly said so…balanced verbal communication can heal half of the disorder….yes the medication is required…but then…it is towards improvement…and no one should come in the way….

  2. Well written, I hope more people hear. 🙂

  3. So true. Words can be triggers too, and so many people just simply don’t understand that what they say is accidentally harmful to others.

    • Yes, there is great insensitivity, and sometimes, ignorance as an excuse for cruelty. It is so nice to find a like-minded person who understands.

  4. Wow is right- what a comment to make… I think I would immediately cross myself off any guest list with that person. So troubling to know people still think this way.

    • I am so glad that you understand. Inclusion means many things and it did trouble me as well.


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