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Medication & Body Image

Be skinny, or be happy?

The Serial Shopper is Salute Magazine’s  weekly column authored by Managing Editor Money Jensen. The Serial Shopper is a weekly look into the mind of our quirky and eclectic Managing Editor and her thoughts on fashion, books, music, culture, and controversial topics within.

Depression is something that so many people around the globe struggle with and yet so little people admit when they are depressed. The stigma that lies behind depression is laughable and frustrating at the same time.

So many people think that depression is a myth like you can power through situations without being scathed emotionally. What those people fail to realize is, depression is an illness just like any other. People cannot power through the flu; they need to take care of themselves in order to get better.

There are many people who can use different holistic remedies to get through their depression such as meditation and changing their diet. Other people aren’t as lucky to be able to change their mood so easily. Many people, in fact, need medication to get over the staggering hump of depression.

According to a study done by the American Psychiatric Association, almost 10% of adults between the ages of 18 and 45 are on anti-depressants. The number of people on anti-depressant medication only goes up in the study as people get older.

Medication is much needed for those who are clinically depressed; the mental whirlwind, lack of motivation, and downward spiral one can encounter without medicine can completely unravel a person’s life if they aren’t on medication.

I give all of this information because I watched a fascinating YouTube video by Allison Raskin and Gaby Dunn with the topic of mental health. In the video, Allison talks about her struggles with depression and her medication.

All medication comes with side effects, some can be serious, causing frightening complications, and others can be subtle but just as jarring mentally. In the video, Allison spoke about how her medication caused her to gain weight. At one point, she spoke about how upsetting it was to have the thoughts of not taking her medication in order to keep off the extra weight.

In a society that is so broken and weighed down, we shouldn’t put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect, or our own versions of perfect for other people.  Gaining and losing weight is a natural part of life, no one stays the same size their whole lives. It just doesn’t happen. Holding ourselves to an impossible standard can cause our demise.

Depression is very real, and it is hard enough to get through without the unwanted commentary by people who don’t understand it.

Allison and Gaby had a very candid and enlightening conversation that delves deeply into the issue of mental health.  If you want to learn more visit their channel “Just Between Us.”

Watch: Why I’ve Gained Weight/ Gaby & Allison

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