From Medication To Meditation!

My opinion on the use of drugs to treat mood-related issues has always been less than favorable. I have seen no reasons to alter the state of my mind with any drugs, ever.

I say, if you have anxiety or depression, this means there is a culprit behind it. You need to deal with the cause, and the emotion will become well balanced again. If you cannot deal with your emotions or thoughts alone seek a friend or a counselor.

You should not want to treat (and i use the word treat very loosely here because you are not treating anything with mood drugs) stress or depression and anxiety with mood altering drugs that rob you from your true self and usually get you hooked for life.

If you are experiencing unbalanced emotions or moods, I guarantee you there is a reason for it, whether it is a spiritual, a subconscious, a cognitive or even a physical reason; there is a reason. The reason may be an imbalance in any/or all of the eight dimensions of wellness (read about the eight dimensions of wellness here) All of these dimensions are interconnected so the cause of your lack of balance probably spans over many of these dimensions.

Do you really want to mask the problem, only to re-experience these emotions once the drugs wore off?  If you take mood drugs you are only dealing with a symptom, not the underlying causes. If you go on mood drugs you are likely placing yourself in an endless loop of drug dependency, stuck, dependent on an outside, manufactured, and expensive medications to keep you well. While, what you need is already available for free, inside of you. You need nothing to be well, all you need is yourself (or a person to talk to), certainly not drugs.

Identify the cause, the imbalances and deal with them, if you do this you’ll see your anxiety evaporate into thin air. Further, you will be empowered by your experience, you will gain experience and you will take control of your life. On the other hand, you could seek refuge in drugs and hide from the real problems.

I find meditation to be a great tool to combat emotional and mood issues. I often tell people: “Say no medication and yes to mediation”. Meditation is one weapon you got, for free, that is inside of you. All you have to do is use it.

Make the move now,

“From Medication to Meditation”

If you think you need professional help seek a counselor. Drugs should be only a last resort option. IMHO

  1. February 19th, 2009 at 15:50 | #1

    Thanks for the great post! I have personally struggled with depression and anxiety for years, and I am one of those people whos body can’t tolerate meds so I have had to really get to the root of what is causing the problem. Meditation is also such a great tool because it keeps you in touch with who you really are and quiets the noise of the outside world which is constantly trying to tell you that you are something other than you are, which is perfect.

  2. February 20th, 2009 at 09:17 | #2

    Excellent, Ethan….needed to be said.

  3. Amy Shaver
    Amy Shaver
    April 17th, 2009 at 00:55 | #3

    Oh Ethan, Ethan, Ethan…
    Do Not go all “Tom Cruise” on me, here.
    There are genetic disorders which need medicating. Simply changing one’s lifestyle is not always corrective, or indeed, possible.
    Please do not judge those whose experiences are varied from your own, that’s not like you. If one does not have a condition, it is ridiculous to impose your opinion on how one deals with it.

  4. April 17th, 2009 at 06:49 | #4

    @EV Satie
    Erika, Thanks for leaving a comment, it’s always nice to hear from you. I agree with what you said. Thanks

  5. April 17th, 2009 at 06:49 | #5
  6. April 17th, 2009 at 06:59 | #6

    @Amy Shaver
    Tom Cruise, hehe. Thanks for leaving a comment, and welcome to my blog :)
    Who am I to judge anyone? I was not intending to sound judgmental, if I did I apologies. I am only saying my opinion, that I do not like drugs especially mood altering ones.

    It’s not news anymore that mood altering drugs have been over prescribed to children and soldiers. I say, before taking any mood altering drugs, including sleeping pills, please give nature a chance.

    Personally, I hate all kinds of medicine, except for the 100% natural. Yet, as you know now that I had a Pulmonary Embolism last week, how ironic, that now I have to take blood thinners for 6 months, and possibly for life! eh.

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