I remember a time when it used to be a huge stigma to say that you were on anti-depressants. It was like saying, “I’m a loser because I cannot control my emotions.” I used to be one of those judgmental people who thought that of others on anxiety medications. That is perhaps one of the reasons why the universe put me in the “other” shoes.
The pill companies have gotten way to powerful in my opinion. If you think about it, there is a pill for everything. Every one, every day, is taking a pill for something. We’re sad. Take a pill. Got fat. Take a pill. Want to make sure you have all your vitamins and nutrients, take these pills. Can’t focus. Take a pill. Want to stop living in the Matrix, take the red pill.
There are pros and cons to the “happy” pills, but personally, I did not like my experience at all on them. They did serve a purpose, but not one I wanted long term. One time, I tried to get myself off of them without telling my doctor, and boy, was that the hugest mistake ever. If you are thinking about doing that or are in the middle of doing that without telling your doctor, stop right now, and talk to your physician. If you hate him/her, then get a new doctor. Life becomes worse when you come down too quickly off the “happy” pills. You turn into the “ black tidal wave” which I called it. After being on the pills. I became far more sympathetic and understanding towards the struggle that people with emotional issues deal with.
The pills served its function in keeping me physically calm during my initial stages of dealing with the rape, but for long term, I did not want to be on these chemicals. As well, the traditional western way of treating patients was not helping me any more. Traditional therapy was okay, but not really making huge impacts in my healing. This is when I started looking at naturopathic and holistic treatments. This path opened up a whole new world to me that felt natural, caring, and unifying. In my doctor’s office, my psychiatrist’s office or my therapist’s office, I always felt like a research subject. I felt like they only treated parts, and not the whole me.
One thing I’ve learned during the move to naturopathic treatments is why traditional weight loss programs never work. They are based on treating parts, and not the whole. People get fat primarily to protect themselves. The fat is a subconscious layer of armor to protect you from pain. If you don’t treat the emotional and spiritual pain, all the exercising and dieting in the world will not work long term. The skinny jeans remain in the closet.