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The things we take or do to diminish bad feelings actually increase them in the long run, or even in the not-so-long run. Marc Lewis Ph.D.

Awareness of emotional and/or mental health can be traumatizing in itself. You hardly have enough words to describe what’s inside your head or how you’re feeling. It is a very humbling situation, but remember you’re not alone.

If you carefully read the Psalms you’ll realize emotional or mental health problems aren’t new at all.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior, and my God. Psalm 43:5

Another truth about mental health is that neither your religion, social-economic status, nor even your educational background matter. Many suffer in silence and turn to self-medication to hide from the stigma or simply because they cannot afford professional care.

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Mental Health & Self-Medication

The term self-medicating is used when substances, drugs, or alcohol, are abused to mask symptoms of a mental health issue. American Addiction Centers

There are many more prevalent forms of self-medication such as eating disorder, sexual addiction, social media addiction, exercise, tv, etc. It’s important not to judge someone else’s addiction, but to understand them and get them help, because self-medication rarely deals with the root cause.

You can’t heal a wound without opening and cleaning it. You can apply all the bandages or medications you want but it won’t matter unless you dig deeper and clean it out.

We have tons of information on how to deal with different types of mental health disorders at our fingertips. Yet, why do so many people still suffer?  It is because there’s no one size fits all solution, and the root causes are not dealt with.

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Stay safe, and have hope that the best is yet to come, and God is always on your side no matter what.

Thank you for reading. Happy Wellness Wednesday. Stay Blessed Always!

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Reference

Harris, K. M., & Edlund, M. J. (2005). Self-Medication of Mental Health Problems: New Evidence from a National Survey. Health Services Research, 40(1), 117–134. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2005.00345.x

13 thoughts on “Mental Health & Self Medication

  1. Era – I am Doctor by profession who loves to write poetry and articles , a mental health enthusiastic , nature lover and very much interested in history and mythology .
    Era says:

    So true, real issues are never seen and cured
    There is much more than this
    Well written, Marie

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you, Era. Well said, I could not have said it better than this. I appreciate your thoughtful insights.

      You’re more than welcome, Era . The pleasure is mine .

      1. Era – I am Doctor by profession who loves to write poetry and articles , a mental health enthusiastic , nature lover and very much interested in history and mythology .
        Era says:

        My pleasure

      2. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
        Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

        Awesome

  2. Perth Girl
    Perth Girl says:

    “You can’t heal a wound without opening and cleaning it. You can apply all the bandages or medications you want but it won’t matter unless you dig deeper and clean it out.” – that is so true and thank you for sharing this.

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you, dear . The pleasure is mine as well. Stay blessed .

  3. Joel Abakah – Words are simply children that my thoughts nurture into phrases and sentences🌸🌸
    Joel Abakah says:

    Opening up about our mental health issues does a lot… thus opening up to the right person of course.
    What works for person nay not necessarily work for another so it’s really a matter of truly understanding the person’s situation before the needed help be given.

    I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing, Marie

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Well said , Joel. You summed up everything in your thoughtful comment.

      Indeed, opening up, and seeking the right does make a great difference.

      I’m glad you loved it. That means a lot.

  4. ayansolaibukun – Faith, Relationships, Family, Reviews, Creative Writing
    ayansolaibukun says:

    Thank you for sharing this, Marie. It’s enlightening and reassuring. People go through things you won’t even imagine. It’s also good not to cover these issues up but open up and get the right help.

  5. inspirechief
    inspirechief says:

    Your post is insightful. I didn’t realize that so many suffer in silence. Thank you for sharing. Take care.

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      You’re more than welcome. I appreciate your comment.

      The pleasure is mine . Stay blessed

  6. Donovan Carper
    Donovan Carper says:

    Great quotes and excellent post. Interesting, sexual addiction and porn addiction in particular promotes misery in time. The effects are really profound https://donovancarper.com/index.php/2020/05/24/how-porn-is-wrecking-our-sex-lives-and-more-current-evidence/

    1. Marie Cook – I am a food lover, and cooking is therapeutic for me; it relaxes me and transports me to a quieter universe away from the noisy, busy modern world. I am a Counseling Mental Health & Wellness graduate student, wife, and stepmother. I love connecting with people from different cultural backgrounds through food, fashion, wisdom, and lifestyle in general. To be continued because I am still in the process of discovering who I am as I continue this journey called life. I promise to keep you all posted in the meantime.
      Marie Jeanderine Cook says:

      Thank you, Donovan. Indeed, the effects are really profound. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

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