Diane Petrella shared Nick Bowditch's post.
13 hours ago
Many well-intentioned, but in my opinion single-minded, holistic therapists and coaches say that you "shouldn't" take medication for anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. They believe you need a "natural" remedy and that if you're on medication you should get off of it.
Please don't buy into that.
In my thirty-year psychotherapy practice I've seen medication save people's lives. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you take medication for psychological challenges. You wouldn't shame someone for taking insulin, would you? It's no different with medications that help stabilize your mood.
I, too, encourage holistic healing and the importance of addressing not only your mind but your spirit. And when I think it's necessary, I refer my clients for medication consultations. Because science also matters. And with the right medication, your life can work again.
If you struggle with debilitating depression, crippling anxiety, or mood instability, medication can help. Only you know what's best for you so don't let the judgments of others get in your way.
Please share this article and help break the stima. #mypillsSee these two little things? Every day I swallow them and every day they help me be a better version of myself. Maybe I will have to take them everyday, forever, and that's ok with me. Because I know how I feel and how I live my life without them, and I don't like that guy.
This morning, I told someone that I know that I take medication everyday for my 'mental uniqueness' and he looked like at me with a look that was half pity, and half like I'd just told him a really dark and shameful secret.
I don't want either of those reactions.
If I had chronic asthma, or diabetes, or rheumatoid arthritis, and I took medication to minimise the symptoms of them in my life, I wouldn't be ashamed of that. It wouldn't be something I had to hide or be embarassed about. It just so happens that the chronic difference I live with affects my mind, and not my lungs or my pancreas or my bones and joints.
I didn't choose it. It chose me. It's not a source of shame for me, its just something which is part of me.
And I'm not looking for another treatment or potion or natural remedy (so thankyou before you offer), these two pills are the result of many, many years trying to get it right, which I finally have, and I'm very happy with them.
I have lost a couple of friends - and the world has lost a couple of really great people - because they were too ashamed of their own mental uniqueness to get help, or take their medication.
And that's too many.
So fuck your judgement, and fuck the stigma. I'm proud of every part of me, even the bits that I need a bit of help from these pills with.
This is me.
Use the hashtag #mypills if you want to help break the stigma too.
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I would be lost without mine.
Total Amen, here. I pill once a day has saved my life and set me on a course of healing and wholeness that was never possible before.
I agree completely and have struggled with this in the past, but realized that nothing natural is comparable to my medicine.
2 days ago
I started to feel sick last week. But just in time I remembered my secret weapon:
Yup. I did what I learned from my mother who rarely got sick. I sliced a clove of raw garlic and ate it with bread. It was intense, for sure, but I swear it did the trick. I got better fast.
I've got to remember to eat my little raw garlic sandwich wonders regularly, especially during cold and flu season. Garlic is a powerhouse food, an anti-inflammatory filled with antioxidants and lots of vitamins and minerals.
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Hmmm, Sonia... I thought I saw a post from you but looks like it's gone.
Sonia... have you noticed a difference?
Mitzi... Here’s some info:
Oil of Oregano. Nasty tasting but usually stops a cold dead if I catch it as soon as I start feeling symptoms.
I recently started taking pearl garlic for pain in joints.
No I never heard eating garlic to get better. Of anything.
5 days ago
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Diane Petrella shared Karen Salmansohn's photo.
1 week ago
Doing nothing is doing something. You're relaxing your mind, resting your body, giving yourself down time to create mental, emotional and spiritual space. I thrive on my downtime.
What about you? Do you give yourself the "doing nothing" time you need?Poster created with love & laughter by Karen Salmansohn
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I love nothing time. People don’t do it enough.
Diane Petrella shared S.O.S Survivors of Suicide's post.
1 week ago
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I have a younger brother who is 55 years old and has had mental illness since about 15 years old. It’s very complicated and sad. Most, like him, don’t feel they need help and they fight you on it but they need all the help they are willing to get. Yes- lets end the stigma
worked for me