Thank you for sharing your story and exemplifying the idea that your voice can be your greatest strength. I have seen so many of my black friends struggle with the stigma of mental illness in communities that demonize them for their “weakness”.
They do not seek treatment and they refuse any medication or even the mention. Medication is of course a very personal choice and I will always respect that. Only you know what works for you but should you decide in favor of it, you should not be penalized.
These are not casual acquaintances, these are the people that I call my family and I desperately need the community, outside the confines of our family/friendship, to support my loved ones. Like many of my friends I have PTSD, Anxiety/panic disorder and major depression (there might be more..its late and this is plenty). I have struggled with the stigma of medication but in a completely different way. I did not struggle with all of this AND being brown skinned…I am just a shade darker than Snow White.
It took me years and a kind, generous and patient friend for me to learn that though we struggle with the same illnesses, I am more likely to have access to mental health care. I am more likely to have a dr prescribe the medications I need and in the dosages I need without much question.
I know my pharmacist and she knows me because much of my medication requires a physical prescription. I would like to think that my own, trusted psychiatrist, would treat my friends equally if he did not know we were friends. But honestly, not only does my gut say it’s unlikely, statistics say the same thing.
I need the quiet, well intentioned and self righteous racism to stop hurting and hindering those that I love.
In that spirit I’m going to retweet the F$&k out of this 🤓😉