So my doctor put me on a new medication for my ADHD. The one I was taking, Strattera, just wasn’t doing its job. So now I am on KapVay, which interestingly enough is also used for blood pressure.
Isn’t it amazing how certain medications can be used to treat a whole plethora of illnesses that aren’t even related?
Isn’t it also amazing that God gave man the ability to create a drug to treat illnesses? I know I’m very thankful for it.
Some people believe medications aren’t necessary. Especially medications for mental health. “Oh but if you would just have enough faith, you wouldn’t need to be on medication.” Or better yet, “If you just had enough faith, you wouldn’t have this illness to begin with.”
Oh how statements like that infuriate me. Why would God give man the ability to create medications if the medications weren’t necessary? And illnesses don’t discriminate. People of all ages, races, religions are hit with illnesses every day. Just because I’m a Christian doesn’t mean I won’t have problems in this world, including health problems.
It’s not a faith issue.
If I didn’t take my medication every day, especially the medication for my bipolar disorder, you wouldn’t recognize me. My bipolar disorder is controlled heavily by my medication, Abilify. I once went off my medications just because I was so sick and tired of taking them every day. Big mistake. My moods drastically changed and I was not the same person.
I learned my lesson and also learned that I will be on these medications the rest of my life.
And I’m okay with that now. Because the medication stabilizes me. It keeps me in check.
You know what else keeps me in check? My relationship with Jesus Christ. When I’m struggling with my health, with my moods and with my anxiety (because even though I AM on medication doesn’t mean I won’t still have issues from time to time) I turn to God who gives me the strength to get through the issue.
Be still and know that I am God.
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!
Amen, Leigh!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!! People often talk about why is it okay for people to have medications for different illness (which are not targeted as much when it comes faith because everyone at some point takes medicine), but other medications for mental health are stigmatized against and frowned upon. It’s hypocrisy.
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It really is hypocrisy! I’ve never understood why it’s okay to take medication for physical illnesses but not for mental health. It drives me crazy!
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