Although society’s understanding and awareness of mental illness has come a long way, there are still a lot of misconceptions surrounding the medications that are used to manage it. Take, for instance, the belief that anti-depressants will drastically alter your personality or become addictive.
On topic of this, the way popular culture depicts “meds” and the people who take them can be equally problematic and stigmatising, especially when it comes to women.
Actress and author Lena Dunham has taken aim at these negative stereotypes, using Instagram to deliver an important reality check about living with and managing mental illness.
“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,” the Girls writer and star wrote.