Tonight I would like to discuss something that some people may consider taboo – antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications. .
I wouldn’t exactly say that I was raised with a lot of patience or tolerance for depression. I grew up in a very stable family. It is my belief that until someone experiences the fog of depression, and can admit that is what they are experiencing, they may not fully understand how it works and how one can overcome it. As an outsider looking in on someone with depression, it is easy to tell them to snap out of it, or to “fake it until you make it.” I used to be that person (the outsider looking in).
It wasn’t until after years of someone close to me dealing with it, that I developed more tolerance. Not exactly understanding, but tolerance for what it was and how it needed to be treated. Then it wasn’t until I experienced some depression myself that I truly understood the feelings of powerlessness and anger. I have never felt so angry in my life and it wasn’t a fun feeling. I consider myself a very strong person, so to admit that I have struggled with any type of depression or anxiety is very difficult for me. However, I was able to recognize what it was and that I needed help. I gave myself months of trying to figure it out myself, and go it alone. Not always with success.
You see, I am a doer – a problem solver if you will. If something isn’t going my way, or if someone is being what I believe to be unreasonable or irrational, then you better believe that I am going to do all I can to make things right. I can be very persuasive, and good at getting my way (within reason). In the past year, there have been far too many things out of my control, and I’m not used to that. I wouldn’t say I’m a control freak by any means, but I cannot stand when people make unreasonable decisions or requests. That would be my husband’s school to a T! If we could do it all over again, we would definitely choose a different school for my husband’s chiropractic degree. We’re in too deep now, and can actually see the end in sight. It hasn’t been without a lot of heartache and frustration though. I have had to learn to let a lot of things go because there is no reasoning with irrational people.
Basically it has just been a very rough year for me. A lot of responsibility that I wouldn’t have otherwise had, has been put on my shoulders. Things have weighed on my pretty heavily and I started to get buried in a fog. I like to think I’m a nice, outgoing, and fun person. That person started to get hidden more and more, and I became crankier and crankier with my kids and husband. My doctor even said that stress was the number one reason I gained 45 lbs in the past year and a half. Gaining that weight didn’t help me feel too good either. For the first time ever, I wondered if maybe some antidepressants, or anti-anxiety medications would make me feel happier. Let me just say that I believe in trying natural methods first (proper diet and exercise, etc.), which I did to the best of my ability. Breathwork Training also offers many benefits to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of both coaches and their clients.
So, something I have pondered lately is whether or not antidepressants can make a person nice. In studying people (and myself), I think I have come to the acknowledgement, or awareness, that these types of medications can enhance the good that someone has within them. I think I believe that a nice person who may be clouded by depression, stress, anxiety, etc., may become nicer with the help of certain meds.
What I am wondering is whether or not these said meds can make a not-so nice person nice. What do you think? I’m sure we all have people in our lives that just aren’t so nice. Maybe they belittle you, talk rude or use a tone, yell, bully, or are just plain mean. Do you think antidepressants could make them nice? Are there enough meds in the world to help some of these people, or is it just part of their personality? Can people overcome meanness, with or without meds? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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