Our expert says:
Of course many people in society are unfortunately prejudiced against any form of mental illness, indeed even physical illness - but growing numbers are Not. I'm pleased to hear you have found a good psychiatrist to work with, and that treatment is beginning to help.
I'm finding it hard to understand why now taking Lithium makes you feel like a freak of nature. Lithium can be most useful, and indeed naturally occurs in the water, though usually not at high enough levels to be useful
What has made you feel so sure that others, at work or in your family, would condemn you or be prejudiced if they discovered that you took meds ? If someone has a severe headache and doesn't take a pill to relieve it, people tend to think he's being foolish. I really wonder whether you need to hide it so earnestly ? Do discuss this with your psychiatrist.
And of course you're right, people with depression or any other psych illness have chemical vulnerabilities, just as diabetics have problems in their sugar levels - in neither case is it the person's choice or fault, and getting proper treatment for it is highly sensible and commendable
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