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Hurricane

919d

This one is for anyone who is on any kind of mental health medication. Do y'all ever wonder who you really are when you're on meds? Is there a constant self besides personality that makes me, me? Like for example, for two things to be the same, they have to have never changed. I am me but i am not the me i was before. Therefore past me ≠ present me. So what is the me that is there. Am I the same now that I'm on meds despite my outlook being different. Ive been on meds for years but this question remains unanswered. The doctors speculate Ive had depression, anxiety, and ptsd since I was 8ish so who am I without them, you know?

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    • skye

      918d

      Medication does NOT change who you are as a person. It only supplements your life decision to get better. It helps symptoms but that doesn't mean that you're completely changed as a person.

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    • Janie

      917d

      Your medications job isn't to change who you are, it's meant to give your body what it needs to regulate itself. Ive wondered the same thing, but for me it depends on the medication I'm on. So if it's too strong it might numb my emotions, that just means it's not the right med for me or it's too high. Being happier or having a different outlook doesn't make you a different person. People grow and change as we get older and that's part of life. I often think about how I was when I was younger, compared to how I am now. My thought process and many of my behaviors are the same, but I react to things differently because Ive learned from things in the past. It's hard to put into words, but the most important thing is just being who you want to be right now.

    • Ellammk

      917d

      Yeah, I’ve definitely thought about this, I’m kind of scared to know who I’d be without my medication

    • lionmoons

      918d

      thank you so much for making this post. my doctor prescribed me lexapro and i’ve been wondering the same thing because i’ve never been on meds for my mental illnesses before. wishing you good health 💚

    • Venti

      918d

      Without even 1 day of my meds, I can become the miserable, consistently suicidal person I was for almost 10 years before I got proper help. Medication hasn't changed /me/, it's just made my symptoms manageable so that I can experience life through a slightly better lens. I would be far worse off if I wasn't medicated. Even though I worried about the same exact things you are before I began my meds, I have a much clearer idea of myself now than I ever have before. And that's just due to the fact that my symptoms were so bad that I didn't have the mental energy to have an idea of who I was.

    • NonbinarySlytherin

      918d

      ✋ Hi! Yep. I don't feel like I have changed as a person but the world around me has changed and that is scary. I have to navigate it differently which gives me the feeling of I'm different.

    • Hurricane

      918d

      Holy crap this was all super insightful, i never thought of it this way <3

    • magalito

      918d

      You ≠ Your mental illness 💕

    • SapleMyrup

      918d

      Without my medications I am not functional. The symptoms I have without my medication are not a part of my personality, nor do I want them to be. I’m much better off with them.

    • Snickerdoodle

      918d

      Medication only provides our brains with what everyone else’s supplies naturally.

    • skye

      918d

      Medication does NOT change who you are as a person. It only supplements your life decision to get better. It helps symptoms but that doesn't mean that you're completely changed as a person.

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