I’ve been working step-by-step to veganize all aspects of my life, food, clothing, cosmetics. All that cruelty-free jazz. One major issue i’m having is with prescription medications :/ Unfortunately, clinical depression and thyroid problems run in my family and i’m on Prozac, Synthroid, and an ADD pill called Vayrin (Yes I know, I have a lot of issues xD, I’ve accepted myself okay?). I have tried getting off all the pills before and it did NOT go well, at all. I stayed off for about 3 months and things got progressively worse. Its killing me inside that I’m taking something that exploits animals in some way to take care of my own issues, but on the other hand I am so exhausted, careless, and just overall miserable without the medications, as pathetic as that sounds. Anybody else been in my shoes for this, and if so what did you do? There has to be another way…
Ah, I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one with this self-conflict. And Styna I understand where you’re coming from, I am on the meds right now, unfortunatley trying to hop off the happy pills put me in a state of mind that landed me in an emergency room trying to overdose, a nice little stay at the local loony bin because I was at such a risk to myself (twice, sigh:/), selfmedicating, and a very rough year spent in rehabs and psychiatrist offices. I wish it wasn’t the case and I could deal with it on my own, but I can’t. You can’t be the voice for those who can’t speak for themselves when you’re mind is in such a dark place that you don’t even have a voice of your own. The pros definitley outweigh the cons, to fight for animals rights I have to want to be here for them. I think I’m going to try and wean off the medications that i don’t absolutely need, tryout some alternative medicines. More meditation and exercise, things like that. Prozac will have to stay for now, still wish I didn’t have to take a pill to feel like I can get out of bed in the morning. I shouldn’t complain about anything that is helping keep me emotionally and mentally stable so I can see that there is something to fight for- the love and respect of all living beings on mother earth. This definitley turned into me babbling and venting, but I feel better getting it all out and knowing that i’m not the only one. Stay strong lovely ladies, and thanks for the advice and support. 🙂 VEGANISM IS THE FUTURE
@erinmoretz I agree with Styna. I have type 1 diabetes and need insulin to live. Insulin used to be from pig pancreases and now is made synthetically, but a lot of animal testing was done for that result. Being vegan isn’t about being perfect, but being as compassionate to animals as much as you can. If being off your medication is too much you may have to get back on it. Maybe try homeopathic remedies?
Major Depression Severe w/ Psychotic Tendencies, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, EDNOS, Fibromyalgia, and IBS. I feel you.
The way I see it, it’s not alright that our only option is to take medication that has been tested on animals. It’s not our FAULT that it is our only option. At least while being ON the medication, we are giving ourselves a chance to fight for other vegan options. Whereas (if you’re anything like me) without the medication, it wouldn’t happen at all. I get very suicidal without my medication. I can’t help save the animals and fight for alternative medicines if I’m dead.
I have depression, anxiety, hypothyroidism, and a few other illnesses myself, so I know what you mean. I hate that I take all these medications, and I’ve tried removing them from my life, but that just isn’t going to work unfortunately. I’ve googled a few homeopathic treatments, but they’re only slightly helpful. For now, personally, I’m just waiting for something better to come around. It sucks, but depression kind of sucks more sometimes.