We take drugs in order to give us more control over our lives.
I think about this a lot, and wonder about it. It’s ironic, really.
My Lexapro changes who I am. It directly affects my personality and my emotions. It controls my feelings, and makes me feel stable. It takes away my suicidal feelings and my panic attacks. It allows me to live a life where I don’t spend hours crying in my room or in the middle of class for no apparent reason.
But, it also gives me more control over my own life. Since I don’t have panic attacks, suicidal attacks, random crying attacks (if you will let me call them all “attacks”–as that is how I perceive my mental illness. It is just that, an illness, and one that sneaks up from behind when you least expect it and in an instant changes how you are feeling and functioning), I can make choices about my own life. I can choose what I want to do, when I want to do it, and I don’t need to spend as much time catering to the illness.
With my meds:
I can stay up later without having to worry that I will be depressed for the next week because of it.
I can make it through exams without crying from test anxiety.
I can listen to my friends and give advice without having to worry that it will trigger me.
I now have the emotional capacity to love, and live, and do what I want to do.
The very first thing I do every morning when I wake up is take my meds. Before I even put my feet on the floor, I take my meds. Any time I am going anywhere overnight, I have to pack my meds.
They control me, but at the same time give me my freedom back. It’s confusing.