I’ve never fully opened up about this to anyone, because there’s often such shame attached to needing something outside ourselves to survive — even more than that, there’s shame attached to WANTING something outside ourselves to survive. When the medication you take is to soften the edges of your anxiety, or to make the dips of your depression a little less severe, you’re often accused of taking the easy way out, especially if you’re one of those people with mental health issues who can put on a really good face.
Me & my meds
Rosemary Donahue

What’s more painful is when someone shames you for taking care of your health. They act like they are holier than thou. They look at you like, WTF is wrong with you. Why do you have alarms and medication with you. Do you eat more pills than you do food? I’m to the point where if they don’t like it, carry on. I’m not a fit for your life. Now if you take the time to ask and know, I’ll happily share. But don’t put your shame on me or others for things that are beyond our control.

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