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The Figurative Wheelchair

March 7, 2011

Those of us that are battling mental illness, whether it be PPD or something else, may find themselves in the battle over medication.  There’s an internal struggle that goes on; part of us wanting to take the medication and anything else that might help us feel better again.  The other part being upset and hesitant to take a medication at all.  Maybe it’s because of the stigma that still attaches to mental illness.  Maybe it’s a lack of understanding.  Or maybe it’s just one of the many controlling arms of PPD.  The one that causes us to doubt ourselves, to feel guilt about things that we shouldn’t feel bad about at all, and to be so confused and undecided that we don’t know which way is up anymore.

My advice for those of us who have been prescribed a medication for a mental illness by a medical  professional:  Take the damn medication.  And smile, while you’re at it.

Here’s the deal; someone who is paralyzed relies on a wheelchair to get out of bed each day.  Without the wheelchair, they would stay in bed all the time.  Sure, there are times when they can rely on another person to get them from the bed to point B, but they can only rely on others for so long.  Eventually, they want to be the best they can be and use the wheelchair. 

Same with us; our medication is our wheelchair.  It’s our crutches for the broken ankle.  It’s our walker for the elderly woman at the Senior Citizen Center.  It’s all of those. 

Can you imagine what you might say to a paralytic if you heard them talking down to themself?  Talking about how they suck and how they shouldn’t use the wheelchair because people might judge them?  You would be shocked and then supportive.  You would love them and encourage them to use the means available to help them live a normal, happier life, right?  So turn that inward.

Love yourself through this pain.  Love yourself while you feel like you’re barely hanging on.  Love yourself while you’re feeling upset over having to take a pill to live your life. 

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  1. March 8, 2011 11:13 am

    You’re right, and it’s true. I’m much better at this than I used to be, but some days it’s still hard.

    Thanks for pointing me to your post 🙂

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