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What Is It Like Being Medicated For A Mental Illness?

Not all experiences are black and white.

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Taking medication for mental illness is a common treatment option, and no single experience is the same.

One in six U.S. adults reported taking a psychiatric drug in 2013, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.
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One in six U.S. adults reported taking a psychiatric drug in 2013, according to a research letter published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

So we want to know: What has your experience been being medicated for a mental illness?

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Maybe you only take medication as needed, rather than a daily dose.

Or you've actually never felt better since going on medication, and it's really benefited your everyday life.

Maybe it's tough for you to afford your medication in the first place.

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And you're really tired of people asking if you have ~extras~ that they can have or buy off of you for recreational purposes.

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Perhaps figuring out which medication worked best for you was a process of trial and error.

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Or maybe you used medication for a short time before transitioning to a different treatment plan, or you're actually in a healthy longterm relationship with your meds.

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So what has your experience been being medicated for a mental illness?

We want to know the good, the bad, and everything in-between. What do you wish people knew about being medicated for a mental illness? What misperceptions would you like to clear up?

Tell us in the dropbox below and your answer could appear in an upcoming BuzzFeed Health post or video.

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