This ongoing series is a mediation on my own struggles with depression and insomnia as well as the struggles of those closest to me. The challenges of mental health issues are so often faced alone and in silence. The stigma attached to even the most common struggles is still an immense barrier to progress. As a society, we have a serious problem with the ways in which we seek to understand and treat mental illness. We are conditioned to desire quick fixes for any and every problem. With mental health this usually takes the form of medication. While countless people have greatly benefited from medication (myself included) we are far too quick to be taken down that path.
I continue to notice normal human emotions and experiences (grief, loneliness, excitability) being pathologized into disorders that require mind altering medications. This is deeply troubling. Who are we if we only seek to run from our difficult experiences? We have a long road ahead of us to properly treating and caring for people struggling with mental illnesses and those of us simply grappling with life's harder times.