Celery Brigade

Image text: mental health is stigmatized enough without the celery brigade coming for us too.This is from one of my recent Instagram stories, but I thought I’d make it a post for… posterity? Or because I’m still mad about it? Whatever. Here we go.

I am so sick of the wellness people saying “medication can be life-saving” right before they tell you that exercise & kale are way better and healthier than pills. 😤

Because what they’re really saying is, “I don’t want to have to answer for this shitty, privileged-ass thing I’m saying, so I’ll just tack on this half-assed qualification to cover my ass.” 😒

If you have something to say, fucking say it. We can all see that you’re still shaming us for taking our meds. And btw, my Lexapro has done more for my anxiety than any amount of exercise or kale ever did. And I’ve eaten a LOT of kale. 🥬

These kinds of statements can be so harmful to those of us who actually need our meds—especially when they come from “health care professionals.”

Mental health has been stigmatized enough without the celery brigade coming for us too.

(If you need an antidote for this garbage, check out “Antidepressants are so not a big deal” from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and enjoy.)

Samantha Pollack

About Sam

Samantha Pollack is a Copywriter & Creative Director who works with ethically minded, mission driven businesses who are actively trying to reshape our culture (and possibly tear down the patriarchy). She’s also the founder of The Highly Sensitive Business Owner, a 12-week online program that helps HSPs & neurodivergent business owners create healthier, more sustainable systems in their work.

Sam also writes about feminism, privilege, pop culture, entrepreneurship, the creative process, and whatever else is on her mind. She currently lives in Asheville, NC.

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