My relationship with Sertraline. Is it ok to consider medication?

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Why don’t men like taking pills?

I must admit I’ve never really been a big fan of pills. My arm would need to be hanging off before I would even consider taking a paracetamol. It’s not that I was being macho or anything. It’s just that I either not be bothered or thought they might not work. I want you to consider that there are benefits to taking medication. In my case Sertraline.

Considering what I had been through and what I was experiencing I felt that I really needed some sort of support. After all, I had opened up to the idea of seeking counselling (which as a new experience) and so some form of “headmed” may be beneficial.

I sought treatment almost instantly following my release from the police back in May. My doctor initially gave me a low dose – just to see how I got on with them. I must admit it took a while to see any sort of improvement. There are other forms of “head meds” available but it really is a case of trial and error to get the balance between any benefit and side effects. To date, they seem to be ok but, like I said, I had been given a low initial dosage.

Increased dosage

When I visited my GP last night as a follow up and to see how I was getting on, I wasn’t surprised when she suggested upping the dose. I must admit that I was equally grateful to continue with the medications at a high dose.

It is so difficult to consider how I would have been without them. But it’s not a problem to see them as  form of mental crutch. My view is that if I had broken a bone it would have been treated in a standard, recognised way. Ok, my head is broken, but I don’t see it as a problem to have medication to help me through this. After all, it was pride that had stopped me from getting things sorted in the first place.

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