Seeing as this day marks my first discharge from hospital and the start of my recovery journey 5 years ago(!!!), Selfies with ma meds are compulsory because mental health doesn’t need to be a secret ayoooo (inspired by @lizeffe, such a strong sister)
For 6 years I battled professionals telling me to attempt medication. For me, a young and impressionable teenager exposed to the pretty extreme world of holistic and natural lifestyle bloggers, medication had been demonised for me. I’d been led to believe that medication was “bad for me” and that for every chemical solution there was an essential oil or a dietary change that would be the equivalent and if not better. Over the years, I have spent undoubtedly at least $1,500 on natural therapies. I’ve tried supplement after supplement, every diet and lifestyle change, spent hundreds on multiple naturopaths who were little to no help, and tried every essential oil under the sun. I reached my lowest point this year after giving up on yet another naturopath; a severe emotional breakdown led me to the decision to fuck off all the pre conceived ideas of medication and give it a go. It felt like my last option.
6 months later and for the most part I’ve had unbelievable progress. Medication lifted the metaphorical cloud that was suffocating me. I have clarity again and am able to actively work on improving my thought patterns and my outlook. Please don’t misinterpret me, natural remedies are great! They can be so helpful and I will always be an advocate for natural and holistic health, but I draw the line at the ridicule and demonisation of other options that don’t align with holistic beliefs. I know far too many people who have been subject to judgment by a minority of bloggers and influencers who believe their way is the “only way” in terms of living a healthy lifestyle and I’m so over it to be honest. Natural medicine can fix a lot, but It can’t fix everything! Take your meds, kids!! Because I can guarantee you that no essential oil can fix the significant Serotonin imbalance in my brain :)