Women are fighting the stigma around depression and other mental health and mood disorders with these empowering selfies on Twitter
Despite the fact that one in five Americans suffer from some kind of mental illness and despite that many of these people take medication and have functioning, happy lives, there's a huge stigma around mental illness and treatment. Those struggling with depression, anxiety, or other disorders often feel like everyday tasks are a herculean feat while worrying others will think they are lazy, damaged, or worse just for taking medication to help. So it's no wonder that not many people talk about their experiences. But a new campaign on social media aims to end the mental health stigma by showing the real faces behind the diagnosis label.
#MedicatedAndMighty was started by Erin Jones, a mother of four who finally decided to ask for medication after suffering from debilitating anxiety and depression for 14 years.
"I have tried living this life without prescription help. It seems to have me on top of the world one minute and rocking in the corner the next. There is no consistency. I'm done with that," she wrote on Facebook. "Anxiety and antidepressant medication to the rescue. Sometimes, folks, we just need help."
Her message of hope and self-love quickly went viral and soon others were posting their #medicatedandmighty selfies too. In them, women of all ages and stages pose with their prescriptions or medications to combat the negative stereotypes.
Some let their prescription bottles tell their stories:
— Alicia Hendley (@AliciaHendley) September 7, 2015
This woman shares how medication and therapy saved her:
— Nicole Kent (@7285a7e869134d7) September 10, 2015
While this woman shows how her mental illness is just one small part of her colorful identity:
— Crista Anne (@pinkness) September 30, 2015
Some share the beginning of their journey:
— Raeci Jane (@raeraegck) October 1, 2015
And others simply offer words of support:
— The Mad Mommy (@IrkedMommy) September 16, 2015
But whatever these women say, we're just glad they're talking about it. Medication isn't for everyone and it's certainly not a cure-all. But the real message of this campaign is that people suffering from a mental illness are not broken but are, in fact, still mighty.