It started with a simple post. An acquaintance put out a call on social media for all those who have anxiety and depression and take medication. There was no qualifying statement asking for advice or even just explaining she was going through a hard time. She had mentioned to me privately about struggling with stress and anxiety, so I didn’t feel that it was anything negative. Then the comments started.
It turns out that this individual is involved in MLM businesses. Her friends who are also involved in the same type of business began commenting with the products they sell that help with these “mental issues.” In fact, one person even suggest that you do not need pills, you just need life style changes. My acquaintances response was not, “That’s not what this post is for,” or “these products are not to replace your medication.” Rather, her responses were to suggest her own products to individuals who commented that they take medication…and not to be used in conjunction with their prescribed medication.
I was in utter disbelief. It’s a widely held belief that people don’t take mental illnesses seriously, but I’ve never met someone who was blatantly trying to use these illnesses to try and profit from those who are diagnosed with them.
There is something unique with mental disorders and illnesses. No one would suggest you do this for any other illness that you take medication for. Nor, do I believe that any other illnesses allow for such misinformation. Have we ever seen a “fitness company” try to sell powders and mixes that help with other illnesses? You can’t go to this individual if you have diabetes and want to get off your insulin. Are there any MLM companies that provide products for that instead of medication?
It would be one thing if the post was about supplements to assist with your medicine regimen, if you have one, but the thought of someone trying to sell these kinds of items in place of what is needed medicine for many people just gets under my skin.
There is a constant belief that mental illness medications are over-prescribed or not necessary, however, what people don’t realize is that they are needed for quite a few people. Add in the fact that just going off any daily medication without your doctor’s expertise can be detrimental, individuals using this group of people to gain a client base is something I found appalling.
There is so much misinformation and stigma in our society. It’s almost as if taking advantage of this group of individuals is seen as normal. Perhaps I’m too close to the subject to look at this objectively, but when anyone suggests that someone give up their medication for oils, supplements or yoga, it gets my blood boiling.