In watching TV recently, I noticed the number of ads geared toward mental health medication content but also the increase. Struck me that they concentrate on describing the pros and cons of symptoms or act like a depressed person look pathetic. Below is an example of an ad from 2019, I have also seen the same company recently but different actors. The cons seem to outway the positives, which got me thinking about how I can improve my emotional place with a minimal amount of medication. Which is a balancing act of drugs, professionals, and lifestyle choices?
Striving to find a personal balance between personal lifestyle and medication. It has always been a journey I have been on since the late seventies. This journey has been beautiful, painful, and repetitious. There are aspects of my life that are success and failure. Failure comes in when I am riding high on my feelings of invincibility or filling my time with everything. Everything is keeping busy with things that I perceive the world, family, and acquaintances will view as my success. Pleasing others has always been my metric of success. Do I have a ‘real job’ are not all jobs real. Yes, they are real, but education, media, and some family place high expectations in words an actions. Expectations are corporate jobs, higher education, and top pay. There is a substantial aspect of our culture that cannot achieve that either through mental health, decisions made when young, cultural limitations, physical limitations, and personal motivation. The metric I saw I need to perform was Executive Secretary, Manager, or Supervisor in an office setting. All of those placed incredible stress that would impact my health. I am happier being a trainer or manager in the retail/service industry. Part of our culture does not look on retail or service industry as having a ‘real job.’ Finding a balance of emotional health and work success impacts the mental health journey.
The journey toward balance brings me back to marketing and the increase of medication ads and culture toward mental health. Do we have an increase in ads because our society is trying to show it is okay to have mental health needs? Another television media is seeking all revenue streams? Then again, why am I even concerned about this is just another aspect of our society and culture that agitates me.
Agitation comes from that the two questions go hand and hand because we are a world of individuals and corporate need/greed. Even though we are more open to mental health, the portion of our society and culture do not still understand that even with medication, our days are sometimes not our own. We still have good and bad days. Going to a professional is few in far between because of finances and insurance limitations. Finding a professional that works with who we are as an individual takes times as well. Journeying with mental health is a delicate balancing act of hills and valleys.
The journey of mental health assisted by medication, and monitoring the options through marketing presentations is probably not beneficial. Seeking out a professional is the better options available. A professional will know the ins and outs of the medications and you as a person. Celebrating that media is comfortable showing the drugs and the need for them. At this point, I choose to chuckle at the descriptions they give of symptoms to avoid. A sad chuckle that half the symptoms described are why I sought out medication in the first place.
Prayerfully, this finds everyone well. Just having introspective exhaustion filled beginning week. The review next Saturday will be interesting. Do intend in future weeks to moving back to journaling my food and lifestyle choices. It has worked for me before then when I felt better took on work that triggered a downward spiral. We shall see what this detour of my journey will bring.
I have included one of the medicine ads for context. Also, this one I find insulting, other people may not, but for me, just nails on a chalkboard.