This post may cause offence to some people and I do apologise for that, but it is a subject that a lot of people have so many views and opinions on. What I am talking about is that a lot of people will reach for medication first, as they think it will sort out all their problems.
I am very aware that there are people out there, that have to take certain medications so they can live or function. For my mum for example (I asked for her permission first to disclose this information), has to take thyroxine for the rest of her life (she has an under active thyroid). Without taking this medication, she would eventually die. Modern medicine is amazing don’t get me wrong, but at the same time what I have come to notice (this is my personal opinion, not everyone will agree with me ) that in today’s society, a lot of people want to take the easy route and take medication first, before trying different avenues.
Through personal experience, with my PCOS the only thing that is available to help with the irregular cycles was to put me on the pill. This was a no, no. To give me medication, that has hormones in was a huge mistake. I tried so many different types of contraceptive pills, but each one made me either have erratic mood swings, make my face look like a dot to dot colouring page book (the acne was awful) or made me feel suicidal. Hence why I don’t touch the pill. However, instead of trying out so many different pills, I know deep down what I really had to do. I’m not saying, everyone can do this and everyone will be cured. That isn’t the case, what I am saying is that if I truly looked at myself back then, dig deep to find some motivation. I know if I looked at my lifestyle and changed it, my symptoms won’t be as bad. When I was first diagnosed at 15, I changed my eating habits, was slightly a bit more active and low and behold the weight came off slowly and surely.
I have always known that with PCOS, that at this present moment there isn’t a cure for it and sure some women have it worse than others. However, even though it is bloody hard work, I know as I have been battling with my weight since I was 15, that if I step away from the junk food, actually move my arse and exercise regularly my PCOS symptoms aren’t as difficult to manage.
The thing is, and I’m the first person to admit most of us are addicted to something or other. Being drugs, alcohol, nicotine, medication, sugar, junk food, caffeine, gambling, porn, on line shopping. Some of us though may not be addicted, do however have bad habits, like having a cheeky fag, going to the Starbucks drive thru and getting an iced latte alongside a croissant to go, as you didn’t have breakfast before heading off to work, or skipping the gym as if you go at 8pm you will miss love island. Ok, these are some my bad habits but you can see what I am getting at.
One thing I can’t stand are hypocrites and I don’t want to go on saying that I am the picture of health (clearly I’m not,seeing the paragraph above) but I just feel that some people just want the easy way out. This is also from personal experience working as a health trainer and also working in mental health. Medication is the first thing that is brought up and encouraged to take. Don’t get me wrong, like I said early on, I know some people need to take medication but sometimes changing ones lifestyle can make a difference too.
We live in a world where everything is so accessible, which can be amazing but sometimes harmful. There was a time when I was going through depression, a doctor was more than happy to prescribe anti depressants to me. Well I took three days of this medication and I thought to myself, I can’t do this. My problems will still be here even if I take this pill. I knew deep down if I look at myself and deal with the problems that were going on, sort out my lifestyle then I wouldn’t have to take medication. I know this isn’t the case for everyone and anti depressants help many people, but I knew it wasn’t for me.
It’s a hard thing to work on yourself, that’s the problem. It’s difficult to face yourself head on. I can certainly say that I have fallen off the wagon plenty of times, when it comes to looking after my mental and physical well being. It’s tough being a human being, and it’s easy to try and get help by sometimes taking an easier route. I just feel that though it can be tough, that sometimes just making a few lifestyle changes can make a difference. It’s too easy these days, to give into pressures of taking medication.
Remember this is my personal view on this subject. A subject that has many opinions, views and case studies. I just feel that changing a lifestyle for the better, can’t be that awful. That trying is better than not trying at all.