Dear Judge Mental Jones,
I’m suffering from a long bout of depression. I went to a Doctor and he recommended Medication and going to a Therapist. My parents are avid church-goers, and a lot of my social circle is very religious because I grew up with them in the Church. Most of my friends wouldn’t support me taking medication for my mental problems. They keep saying that I should go to church to rekindle my spirit and turn to God. I’d like to try medication but I’m worried about suddenly being better, and people noticing. Or worse, having an adverse affect and not being able to confide in anyone. I feel lost. Any advice is appreciated.
Dear Help! My Religion Is Anti-Medication and Other Stuff,
Where to begin, where to begin? Just to give you a backstory, I grew up in a church-going family as well, so when I give you advice on this one, I know there are different levels of church-going families. Yours seems to be extreme, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. I’m sure they’re all good people. However, that doesn’t mean they know better about your health then let’s say…………science!
I’m being nice today because I’m talking about religion and I don’t like talking about religion as it’s a very sensitive subject for most.
Back to my advice. Ahem. I really don’t believe anyone who is not a doctor or a therapist or an advice columnist like me, should have an opinion on your mental health issues. They don’t know what you’re going through and by saying ‘God will take care of it’ won’t do you any good unless you really do believe that God can cure your depression, and if so, then you’ve really barked up the wrong tree by sending me this piece of email. However, if you don’t believe God can cure you of your depression, please consult with your doctor about all of your options, which includes medication, to help you win this battle.
Now when it comes to how you’ll be treated by others, I say tell no one with a pre-disposition to being a blabbermouth or opinionated. That can only go wrong for you. If there is someone that you trust and that won’t make you feel worse about things, then talk to them. If you can’t find that one person, there’s always an internet chat room. Or get a school guidance counselor or a youth therapist to confide in. If you’re nervous about people seeing a change in you, don’t worry about becoming “suddenly better,” just tell them it’s God and confess the truth on Sundays.
xo Judge Mental Jones
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