“Have you taken your tablet?” Or “Are you still taking your tablets?” – I hate hearing that.
I got prescribed 10mg Lexapro tablets a few months ago for anxiety, at the time they really helped. Well, I think they did. Having my ex boyfriend out of sight with no triggering reminders around probably helped more.
But the above questions are asked as if they are a solution to a bad day. I hate the stigma that mental health has. It’s like you can’t have normal human emotional days without it being attributed to a possible chemical imbalance. Sometimes I have sad days, not because of depression. Sometimes I am nervous about an upcoming event, not because of anxiety. Most times it’s just because I am human!
I hate having my feelings minimised. I have the right to be upset/angry etc when things are done to me that I do not like and that hurt me – minimising this to my mental health is not fair. And it also shifts the blame of the action on to me, as though if I didn’t have issues with depression and anxiety, and wasn’t on anxiety tablets I wouldn’t react the way I do. My mental health doesn’t excuse others’ hurtful behaviour! Mocking and belittling me by assuming I didn’t take my “happy pills” HURTS. They might help my anxiety but they don’t cure other people from being arseholes. What a shame. I could prescribe those to a few people.
Maybe if people were a little bit quicker to try and understand and a little bit slower to judge the world would be a nicer place for all. Not everyone understands things the same way as others!