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group-listening-to-speaker-seated-guesthouseFor some individuals, taking medication for their mental illness is a great option. When we have a physical disease, we usually do not think twice about taking the medication our doctor prescribes. So often though, when it comes to mental illness and medication, there seems to be more hesitation and stigma. If you and your doctor are considering medication for a mental health issue, here are a few points to keep in mind.

#1: Taking Medication Is Normal

It is perfectly normal to take medication for a mental illness. For some specific mental illnesses, medication can be very beneficial. Working with a mental health provider will help you learn more about your specific diagnosis and the best treatment option for you.

#2: Medication Takes Time

Many of us find that we want instant gratification: We want results, and we want them now. For some medication, that is simply not how it works. Some medication needs time to build up in your system to take effect. Your doctor will explain this to you to fully understand what to expect and when to expect it. It can be difficult to be patient, but it may be the best option for you.

#3: Trial and Error

When it comes to many prescription drugs that treat mental illness, it takes time to find the proper medication and dosage for you. While you and your doctor are working together to find the right medication and dosage, it can feel like a trial-and-error sort of method. You might feel impatient or feel as if you will never find the right medication for you. Try to accept that this is perfectly normal. A lot of people have to try out different medications before finding the right one.

For some individuals, taking medication for their mental illness is a great option. There is, however, a lot of misinformation and stigma still associated with taking medication for a mental illness. Working through that misinformation and educating yourself about your diagnosis will help as you work with a professional to determine the best treatment option. Here at The Guest House, we understand that working through addiction, trauma, and mental illness can be scary and overwhelming. Admitting you need professional help is a big step. We are here to answer your questions and give you the support you need as you heal and journey through recovery. Call us today to learn more about our different treatment options at (855) 483-7800.