I wholeheartedly agree with Noelle Henin when she wrote about how medication makes her a different person.
For as long as I can remember, my sister has had to take medication to “control herself,” which changes her personality. She took medication to help her focus, but then would have less energy. Like Noelle, my sister felt as if she wasn’t accepted as her true self and that the medication is what made it possible “for others to accept her.” She finally got fed up with the constant medication and stopped taking it. To this day she is much happier without it knowing that people accept her for who she really is and not her medicated self. She is not a “cookie-cutter version,” but she is much happier with herself and the life she has.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.