What Meds Do We Take?

People with psychosis deserve both respect when choosing treatment options and a wider variety of treatment options to choose from. When advocating, it breaks our hearts when we see people belittled for their treatment choices. This goes for both sides of the coin. We should not pill shame. It is okay to take medication to function. It does not make you any less of a person. On the flip side, we should not symptom shame our community members who choose not to take medication. It is uninformed to think current medication options work for everyone. We need to stay respectful of people’s choices and why the community needs to play a more active role in research and development of treatment options to meet the varying needs, lifestyles, and symptoms of our community. There is no one size fits all solution. Let’s stay inclusive and respectful to one another’s choices. We need to become more active team players in treatment development rather than passive commentators on the sidelines.

Michelle Hammer from Schizophrenic.NYC and Cecilia McGough from Students With Psychosis discuss their lived experience perspectives about medication in this week’s episode of Schizophrenia And The City.

Schizophrenia And The City

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Schizophrenia And The City Hosts

Schizophrenia And The City is a podcast and video series hosted by two New York City women.

Michelle hammer

Michelle Hammer is a Schizophrenia Activist and spends her time passionately fighting stigma.  At 27, Michelle decided to use her artistic talents and fearless personality to do something that could benefit the mental health community. In May 2015, she founded a mental health focused clothing brand. Schizophrenic.NYC is a clothing brand with the mission of reducing stigma by starting conversations about mental health. Michelle has also been featured in many publications such as Mashable, The Daily Mail, Stylist, and Buzzfeed.

Cecilia mcgough

Cecilia McGough is a New York City-based mental health activist, writer, media consultant, and radio astronomer. Cecilia also happens to have schizophrenia but does not let her diagnosis define her. Cecilia is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Students With Psychosis and content creator for the I Am Not A Monster: Schizophrenia project. As a TEDx speaker and Special Books By Special Kids interviewee, Cecilia’s videos have been viewed over 20 million times over multiple platforms across the globe and featured in Forbes, Glamour UK, Barcroft TV, and CBS This Morning national news.