For the past few years, we’ve been able to rely on Lena Dunham to tell us the unfiltered truth, no holds barred. She tells us how society is screwing us over in body image, health, and gender politics. She’s blunt and honest, and tells us how it is. Her Instagram posts from yesterday are no different.
Lately I've been noticing that nearly every pop cultural image we see of a woman on psychiatric medication is that of an out-of-control, exhausting and exhausted girl who needs help. But guess what? Most women on meds are women who have been brave enough to help themselves. It's important that we see normalizing portrayals of people, women, choosing to take action when it comes to their mental health. Meds didn't make me a hollowed out version of my former self or a messy bar patron with a bad bleach job. They allowed to really meet myself. I wish that for every lady who has ever struggled. There's really no shame. Night, dolls 💊
Instead of simply calling out the people who criticize those who take medications, and calling them bad people, she explained why there shouldn’t be a stigma about women taking medications for their mental health. She explained that most women on medications “are women who have been brave enough to help themselves.”
I 100% agree with her. Women should not be victimized for taking care of themselves and making sure they’re healthy. As a woman who feels embarrassed to tell people that she’s on medications, I wholeheartedly believe that mental health shouldn’t be stigmatized. As Lena Dunham says, medications help many women come into themselves. It’s not a bad thing. It’s not a weakness. It’s not insanity. It’s just health.
We are not sacrificing our personalities, or our minds, by taking medications. Instead, we’re living our lives the way they are meant to be lived. Let’s not tell people they’re wrong for taking care of themselves, let’s support them and tell them that it’s going to be okay someday.
This is not going to change tomorrow, and I’m aware of that. But let’s try to be more conscious of women who felt like their lives didn’t really begin until they started taking medications. As Lena said in one of her captions, “Can I live?” Yes, Lena, you can. And so can all of us.
Featured image via Lena Dunham.