Clinical Depression & Medication - Chanel's Story
There is a common misconception that seeking therapy or medication for a mental illness, makes you weak, or less of a person. Chanel, who suffered from depression brought on from the death of loved one, completely bought into that mentality, until she decided to face her fears and seek help; this is her inspiring story.
"Clinical Depression & Medication"-Chanel's Story
"After my mom died and the depression started manifesting itself, I really just thought, this is something that is episodic, and it won't happen again, or it might happen again, but if it does, I will deal with it by myself, and I don't need drugs. I saw drugs as really a, like a crutch; I don't need it, I'm fine, that's for people who are weak. And I eventually found a doctor who said to me, if you had a broken leg, would you kind of walk around with a broken leg, or would you like, put it in a cast? It just seemed so obvious to me, that re-framing, like oh of course, this is a chemical issue, this isn't like a weakness in character, or anything like that.
I'd spent so much time feeling terrified and like powerless, that if I was on medication or in like therapy then I would be, I dunno, I would have a quality of life back that I hadn't really seen in awhile. Things would be clearer, I don't know, I would be healthier again, and I don't wanna say that the drugs fix it, and then everything's awesome, but I guess it's a recommitment to the process in believing that I deserve to be healthy."