June 14, 2022: Dose

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Last week I took the first dose of my new prescription to help with anxiety and depression.

For years I have dealt with these symptoms, but always dismissed them as me being weak, just needing to do better, or in favor of taking care of others’ symptoms. I’ve been able to function, extremely well at times, enough to sometimes fool me that it was all a thing of the past, but that’s all it’s been, me just fooling myself.

After a few years of stressors, the general state of the world, and dealing with work and all the effects the pandemic has wrought on the healthcare industry and workers, it was too much. I’ve been doing therapy for a year and it has been incredibly helpful, but I decided to seek more help, to advocate for myself when medical providers did not listen to me. And after months of waiting, I finally got to see a doctor, hence the new prescription.

I’m a huge advocate for mental health, and normalizing that conversation, except when it comes to me. But I’m changing that. I deserve the same kindness and understanding that I extend to others. I deserve healing as well. Here’s to that road.

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