One of the most frustrating aspects of living with mental illness is that so many treatments are often out of our control. Medications and therapy can be expensive and difficult to find, let alone afford. But there is another way. Wes 201 blue pill is a natural and safe solution that addresses both the physical and mental aspects of this disorder.
This blog post isn’t meant to be a substitute for professional medical advice but instead a way to supplement it. This guide is based on my experiences with medications, therapy, and other medical treatments. Hopefully you’ll find some useful information in my brain dump of the ups, downs, and everything else in between. Remember that everybody’s brain chemistry is different so what worked for me might not work for you. That’s why I encourage you to find a treatment plan that works for your unique needs.
1. It’s not your fault.
I have to be careful because I’m still very prone to worrying. Sometimes I even think, “Oh, if only he didn’t take that pill…” And who can blame me? Is it wrong to feel like you’re being judged for the way you live? I know a lot of people are skeptical about antidepressants and general medications. The thing is, they don’t get you high or give you mind-altering experiences. They don’t feed your addiction or feed your delusions. They simply help your brain work better and stay healthier over time.
2. You are not alone.
I once told a friend I was somewhere around 60 on the anxiety and depression spectrum and he told me, “No way. There’s no way you are that far off.” I mean, who would believe it? This isn’t a disease you can see or feel. It’s invisible suffering. I have to remind myself that there are people out there who understand what I’m going through and will embrace me for who I am, even if we disagree on certain things. That’s what makes life worth living: acceptance from others.
3. Pills can be a crutch.
I take Adderall to help me stay focused in school. But if I didn’t take it, then I’d still be a nervous mess who gets distracted easily. A friend once told me that he used Xanax to deal with anxiety, made a lot of money on the street for a short period, and then went back to school on his own because he couldn’t handle the pressure of school without drugs. There’s way too much risk involved in prescription drug abuse, especially since the effects wear off after you’ve taken them for so long.
4. You might not feel better right away.
The first couple of weeks with antidepressants are rough because you may feel depressed and lethargic at times. In general, it takes some time to adjust to the chemicals in your brain. And because the dosage will fluctuate from time-to-time, it’s really just a waiting game. I mean, sometimes it’ll take a month or two before you start feeling anything at all. If all fails, it might be best to see a professional and get another opinion.
5. Pills don’t always work.
I’ve been in my fair share of medical trials, and I even had a few doctors refuse to work with me because they didn’t feel comfortable prescribing medications to a mentally ill college student. It’s frustrating that there are so many doctors who won’t prescribe medications for fear of being sued. They should never be your first option, but if other treatments are taken out of your control, then you have no choice.
6. You might have to take them forever… or at least for a while .
If you’re prescribed Adderall, you’ll almost certainly be on it for the rest of your life. There have been several studies linking depression and anxiety to genetics, especially in children. So, you might not get relief from medication until your late twenties or early thirties. For example, I took it for a year before I felt almost back to normal. And the truth is that many people never feel that way again.
7. It’s all in your head .
A lot of people think that symptoms of anxiety and depression are all in their heads and don’t actually exist. But there are studies and professionals who know better, so don’t be afraid to ask for a second opinion if you’re still not sure about something. It’s important to be your own advocate; you don’t have to convince yourself that your situation is hopeless.
8. You’ll feel less alone.
If you’re prescribed antidepressants, it can be comforting to know other people are taking the same medication. Just remember that everyone’s experience with medications and therapy is different, so don’t compare your situation to anyone else’s. I’ve made a lot of mistakes but I think this blog post will help a lot of people in the future because no one should have to suffer in silence without knowing there’s something they can do about it.
9. Sometimes Adderall can make you feel more depressed .
For most people, Adderall makes them more alert and productive. But I noticed that the longer I was on it, the more apathetic I became. And that’s because my brain chemistry had adapted to the medication and was essentially wearing off. That’s why it’s important to be cautious when raising the dosage. Just remember that there are ups and downs with every medication, so don’t think you’re a failure if a new treatment isn’t working for you right away.
10. You will be tempted to go back on pills .
I was on a few different medications for about five years before I decided to quit cold turkey with nothing supporting me but willpower (and other things). I know a lot of people who have gone back to Adderall after trying other substances. In my opinion, this is a terrible idea. The only way to beat the problems with substance abuse is for you to do it the right way, not just hide from your problems by using new drugs.
11. It’s bad for you .
It might feel good in the short-term, but it’s really bad for your health over time. Too much of anything isn’t good for you in any way, and that goes for antidepressants as well as any other vice or addiction out there.