This is a very personal episode of SelfWork, as I tell the story of my mother’s intense struggles with anxiety – and her turning to prescription drugs to help her cope. Sadly, doctors in the 1960’s brushed off women with “nerves” and handed out medications that were not only strong, but addictive. And some women, like my mother, developed a prescription drug addiction. This is the story of how the mother that I knew – that many people loved and admired – became a shadow of herself, as we all watched the woman we knew disappear.

I think she would want you to know her story. She once told me, “I wish I’d known what I was doing to myself.” Maybe her story can help you or someone you love. For it still can happen, although the medical profession has realized the damage of opioid overprescription – and are hopefully analyzing anxiolytics and other addictive medications closely for abuse, over-dependence, and prescriptive issues.

BetterHelp has sponsored this episode – and I so wish that my own mother had sought therapy. Maybe that’s why I became a therapist. Who knows…

Important Links:

BetterHelp, the #1 online therapy provider, has a special offer for you now!

New York Times article on racial and ethnic inequalities and abuse by the medical community.

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