Happy Pills

My brain lacks the good stuff. By good stuff, I mean happy hormones. Somewhere in my complicated brain, one part decided to slow down on releasing those hormones. This was brought to my attention when I was 14 years old.

Depression was holding me down and I didn’t know how to create happy hormones or maybe I just didn’t want to.

I started taking Prozac which I swallowed everyday. I didn’t notice it right away, because it takes about 4 weeks for the meds to kick in. I begun to feel my body wake up from a deep slumber but there was still grogginess left in my movements. My mom and I weren’t sure if medication was the right way to go but so far, it seemed like it was the only method I had.

People tend to talk to me about my thoughts on meds of all types. They ask me if they are necessary or dumb. I give them the same response ” Medication helps but you need to give it a chance and offer yourself more then just pills.”

I discovered early on that my medication needed to go hand in hand with talking to someone. If I didn’t give my brain the chance to be happy or put in the work to come up with coping mechanism’s then the meds didn’t show their true potential. Depression isn’t something you can just take an Advil for and wait for the symptoms to die down. Its a chemical imbalance that you need to change in that noggin of yours. It involves you getting out of bed, going to work, and talking to people. Your meds depend on the commitment of self-help and lots of talking.

Your body needs help releasing the hormones that the medication has provided. Your body is counting on little happy chemicals floating around in your brain when you swallow those pills, but pills aren’t going to fix the whole problem.

Just think about it. What got your brain into this mess? Was it the fact that you bottled everything up and let it broil inside of you? Or did you just imagine a better life with better opportunities and more money? Well, stop. End those thoughts, twist off the cap of the bottle where your problems are floating around and get out of bed.

 

No one can force you to help yourself. They can tell you what is good for you and what will help but you have to be the one to decide to push yourself towards your future happy- self.

 

lexie

 

 

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