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5 Reasons People With a Mental Illness Don't Want to Try Medication

Mood disorders can seriously affect the life someone is living. These illnesses can "suck the joy" out of your life. Many people who are diagnosed with a mood disorder or mental illness have no interest in trying medication. There are a few reasons for this. One of the main reasons is there is a little bit of a negative connotation for people who use medication for these illnesses. Therapy can help with mood disorders, but for some people the disorder is so intense that they also need the help of medication. According to  Karen L. Smith, MSS, LCSW, a contributor writer for Psychology Today, there are 5 main reasons why people with a mental illness may not want to try medication.

  1. We want to do it "on our own" 
  2. We think we should first try more "lifestyle" techniques
  3. We don't want to put unnatural things in our body 
  4. We don't want our mood to improve unnaturally 
  5. Taking medication means acknowledging a shaming disorder

Click here to learn why people should be willing to try medication for the mental illnesses. 


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.