5 Unexpected Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication
The benefits of taking psychiatric medications include a reduction in troublesome mental health symptoms, but there's so much more to taking pills on a regular basis. When I was first prescribed psychiatric medication, I was definitely open to the idea, but I know that's not the case for everyone. Many people are skeptical, and the massive amount of stigma surrounding psychiatric medication certainly doesn't help. Here are five unexpected benefits of taking psychiatric medications I've experienced over a decade of taking pills every day.
The Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication
1. Taking psychiatric medication is important to my daily schedule.
Taking medication is a crucial part of my daily mental health routine. I don't forget to take my pills just like I don't forget to brush my teeth. The few times I haven't taken my pills I could feel it physically. It can interfere with my sleep schedule and throw my whole day off. Taking medication is an important part of my daily routine.
2. While in therapy, psychiatric medication is an important component of treatment.
While at this time I am not seeing a therapist regularly, I have seen therapists several times in my recovery. Therapy was a huge part in overcoming my eating disorder. Many times for those in therapy, medication is just another piece of the puzzle. Taking psychiatric medication can keep your symptoms at bay so the real work can begin.
3. You are finally free to make those dreams a reality.
When your symptoms subside, you can pursue your dreams. Once my symptoms were under control, I was able to finish college, work full time, and start a family. I didn't think all this was possible before I was prescribed medication. Reducing my symptoms allowed me to focus on the things that are important to me.
4. Psychiatric medication helps you enjoy the present moment.
Benefits of psychiatric medications don't only apply to future goals. With the reduction of symptoms, you are free to live in the here and now -- enjoy the present moment with family and friends. This has been especially important to me now that I'm a mom. My medications allow me to be present in my daughter's life and to strive to be a mom she can look up to.
5. Psychiatric medication can make a stressful event a little easier to deal with.
My medications make me feel balanced. I'm not happy all the time, but I'm never numb either. Life used to feel so dramatic, and now everything is dialed down a notch. I still feel everything, but my emotions are manageable. When I hit a rough patch, it's easier to cope, and that's a huge benefit of psychiatric medication for me ("How to Deal with a Crisis When You Have Depression").
Before I was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, I was plagued with symptoms that kept my life at a standstill. When medications reduced my symptoms, I could finally move forward. I've experienced several benefits of taking psychiatric medication.
I'd love to hear about your experience with psychiatric medication in the comments.
Rahm, M. (2018, December 5). 5 Unexpected Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, August 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/recoveringfrommentalillness/2018/12/5-unexpected-benefits-of-taking-psychiatric-medication
Author: Megan Rahm
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