When you deal with a mental health condition, we face stigma and judgement. Often, there is even judgement surrounding getting treatment. Many people already have a hard time seeking help because of the stigma. Getting help should not bring on more judgement.
However, many people judge you if you take medicine for your illness. A study showed that people refuse treatment more often when they are offered the option of taking medicine alone versus therapy alone or a combination of the two.
Lead researcher, Dr Joshua Swift, said this about it:
“We found that rates of treatment refusal were about two times greater for pharmacotherapy alone compared with psychotherapy alone, particularly for the treatment of social anxiety disorder, depressive disorders, and panic disorder.”
Co-author Roger Greenberg, Ph.D., SUNY Upstate Medical University, said:
“Our findings support that argument, showing that clients are more likely to be willing to start and continue psychotherapy than pharmacotherapy.”
Show your passion to end the stigma on social media with the hashtag, #MedicatedAndMighty. Here are some of my favorite tweets from it: