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Taking Medication for Mental Health is Okay!

The thought of taking medication for a mental health condition can be nerve wracking; in fact, many people even feel shamed by society for doing so. Just like the stigma with mental health in general, there is also a stigma around taking medication for mental health conditions. We want to break this stigma.

You may have read in our previous blog post titled “You are Not Your Diagnosis” that mental illnesses are often caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. You cannot cause it and often, you cannot control it on your own. Sometimes, the only way to fix this chemical imbalance is with medications that targets certain receptors. Think of it as taking an antibiotic when you are sick. In this scenario, it is needed to fight off a certain bacterium. Mental health is no different.

Mental health is often seen as secondary to physical health. However, as you may have seen in our previous posts, mental health is just as important as physical health and should not be seen or treated as less. Mental and physical health often work together to keep the brain and body in sync. When mental health is off, physical health can decline, and vice versa. Sometimes, physical conditions can even cause mental health conditions due to different manifestations and again, chemical imbalances. Therefore, it is not always possible to treat mental illnesses without medication, just as it is not always possible to treat physical illnesses without medication.

You never know how someone’s mental health condition came to be or which chemical imbalance they may have, if any. Their condition could be genetic, caused by a physical illness, cause by a traumatic event, and so on. Therefore, one should never assume that mental illness is a person’s fault or that it can always be treated without medication.

Finally, we know that taking medication for mental health conditions can be even more overwhelming when you are trying to find the medication that is right for you. If you are struggling with this, know that we are here for you. Give us a call at 610-891-7200 to learn more about our FDA-approved research studies for different mental health conditions.


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