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Anxiety, depression, and the fear of addiction to pills.

The cure is also the curse. 

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LaFlem Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good,so good !And that illustrate perfectly how you become trapped when you are ignorant enough to take the chemical drugs provided by the so call "modern" medicine.
Removing only the symptoms without the causes of those,the patient need to take therefor medication again and again,and each time in more massive doses because of the adaptability of the body.
But the causes are still there and create new symptoms all the time,the western medicine make me want to throw up and remove some heads from their shoulders,it's an evil system who trap ignorant people's and basically turn them into powerless drug addicts,without healing them of course,like that the patient need to pay and pay again until he is eventually so weak and so overloaded with chemicals than he end up by dying.
Educate yourself people!
Chinese medicine,Native American medecine,and many others use plants and different gentle technique mostly for prevention and are mutch more reliable than the corporate bullshit,money hungry Western Medecine.
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Cottonera Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I think you need to calm down a bit, some people do in fact need medication to manage while they also get psychiatric help. Its not for everyone, and some people react badly to certain medications. But that doesn't mean it should be discarded all together. (Source: I'm a mental health patient who uses a combo of exercise, eating well and anti anxiety medication and psychological techniques.)

Also traditional medicine isn't always the best route. It can help no doubt if theres actual scientific proof behind why it helps. But there is a LOT of natural medicine that is pure quackery. (ie using black salve to treat cancer being an common example.) I'd also like to point out that its not 'western medicine' but actually modern medicine. If you rejected all so called western medicine you wouldn't have vaccines, antibiotics, hayfever medication, pain relievers to make surgery less painful and survivable, or important medical marvels such as pacemakers, cochlear implants, hip/joint replacements, or the chance to have your organs replaced if they fail (ie kidney failure being a common example.)
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sadistic-virile Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
So beautiful! I wish you would submit it for print. I'll love to buy one. 
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UntoldPromises Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Amazing! So deep and powerful. Well done!
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Aincha Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Please please make it a wallpaper
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Wolfy-T Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
This picture is so important to me.
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TheAwkwardFangirl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not addicted, but I have to take pills to function. While I know I need them, and I feel better while on them, it'd be nice to have the ability to live independently, to leave the house without wondering, "Did I take my meds this morning?"
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IronJustice Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Throw the pills away. They only temporarily hide the real problem. Face your inner demons and become truly free.
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e-macity Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2015
ah here speaks a true ignoramus 
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:iconironjustice:
IronJustice Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Keep swallowing those pills buddy.
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e-macity Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
those are what keep the demons away, idiot
not everything is conquered, some things you have to drown out
but you wouldn't get it, would you?
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IronJustice Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Perhaps I should amend my previous statement, it was a little strong. Medication has its place, but in Western society it is very over-perscribed and takes the place of counseling very often. When treating mental illness, insurance companies or medicare pay for the vast majority of treatment. Medication is simply cheaper and offers more predictable results in a short amount of time. In nearly all cases though, counseling is the best way for long-term solutions.
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Cottonera Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I can pipe in here and say that not all medication is overprescribed. I use medication to keep my anxiety in check while I also seek other mental health treatments. Thats why its good that they have results that can occur in such a short time, as it can literally be what keeps you just barely functioning while you improve through getting help. I would have dropped out of school if it wasn't for my anti anxiety medication, because it took me 3 months just to get an appointment with a referral doctor. 

(The only other point I would say where this would not be the case is in terms of things like diabetic and arthritic medications, medicine for issues like schizophrenia which honestly can not be counselled into going away. etc. There are some things that just can't be fixed. Which is why some people with certain kidney diseases cannot get kidney transplants and have to live on kidney dialysis for the rest of their life.)
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Mister-Bragg Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
'The cure is also the curse. ' That's so true...
Great work again!
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SakuraBast Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
Fascinating concept and excellent delivery. I especially like the color contrast
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TheAshLad Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
>addiction to pills
mmm. Reminds me of Dr. House
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WithBlackStars Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Gorgeous!
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magneticecho Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This makes my heart ache. It's too beautiful. Ahhhhh. ;w;
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Holi--Day Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014   Digital Artist
OMG! Super!!!
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ZombieToofer Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Those are pill bottles, I just realized. Really like the colors and the flowing lines of the hair/tentacles/antlers. Very surreal and otherworldly.

I think you really nailed the feeling here, of anxiety.
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duesterheit Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014
wow
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Asche-Creedance Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
right now I'm dealing with substance abuse, namely pain pills...this drawing is like a reflection of what's happening inside of me right at this moment...I'm going cold turkey...the withdraw symptoms are excruciating...especially the dark gnawing sensation in my gut...to me this image shows how twisted my addiction has become and how though I try so desperately my subconscious is constantly thinking of ways to get my hands on more...it seems so hopeless but I won't give up...so much of your other work shows such unimaginable beauty...like starry skies that have never existed in nature brought to life by you....its like you are able to see the darkness and the light of freedom and capture both...thanks for all your work~
 
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AlienSkull Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous.
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MisunderstoodFreak Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Student General Artist
and also tentacles. . 
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quocorya Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Love the familiar word "dread" has with hair. "dreadlocks"
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Ripplingwaves Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
this speaks a million words
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tsitra00 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Profoundly cathartic.  Great rendition of the intangible.
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UnluckyxSe7en Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's always a fear of mine when I see friends of mine getting prescribed medicines. :(
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irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Very thought-provoking.
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Kvasii Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
What do you mean exactly? Can you say with absolute conviction that you know what you're talking about, propagating a message like that? You don't get addicted to prescribed medication if the doze is controlled by a doctor, it would make a damn sloppy doctor if they didn't know what they were doing. Thankfully, medicine has improved a lot since the 1950's where this might have been a problem but it's 2014. 

Medicine is usually the first step in self help and I strongly recommend contacting a doctor who's job is to plan all sorts of appropriate steps in getting better. Pills might be one of those steps and boosts you enough to take even more difficult steps, ones that seemed impossible at the time when you took none. 

So people please, you're not weak or in grave danger of addiction for considering taking pills. There's no curse. 
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DeanMarshall Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
The FDA is not on your side, friend. I admire your conviction, and sympathize if this touching piece of art hits close to home
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:iconkvasii:
Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
(if this is a legitimate problem in the US then I'm sorry)
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Kiakime Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It is, unfortunately.
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irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
People still get addicted all of the time by their prescribed medications - despite the fact that the doses were controlled by the doctor. People are all made differently, and everyone's biology is different. To ignore this is ignorant.
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Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
No people don't get addicted all of the time, that's a pretty bold statement unless you can provide a source? Of course there will always be cases of side effects that hit some people harder than others. But this spreads fear about something that generally isn't there and it's as bad as an anti-vaccine campaign. 
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irishberdie Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I used "all of the time" in a generalised, figure-of-speech way - though I have a feeling you are aware of this. Do not twist my words around. It seems we will have to simply disagree, after your anti-vaccine comment made me think that you have your own personalized biased on the subject. From what I have learned, those with strong bias (which seems to be the case here) will defend to the end their views, without even giving pause to another point of view.
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Kvasii Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Not deliberately twisting your words, I'm sorry if it came out that way but exaggeration is usually something you get called out on if you're discussing numbers. My opinion on the subject (or bias) comes from having to read a lot on all kinds of medicine; its pros and cons and associated fear mongering as well. Which is a pretty serious issue. I know that some medicine have had serious outcomes for some people but stories that induce fear and distrust are usually the stories that sell best. But I guess DA is not the right place to discuss this... yet here I am, i'm a walking irony. 
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whispbear Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not the artist so I can't say for certain, but I feel you can have an addiction to prescribed medication, as well as a fear to becoming addicted to them.

I've been on a few different things (various antidepressants and antipsychotics) and originally had an intense fear of taking any sort of medication because I was worried I'd become addicted. I was also worried about some event occurring where I'd run out or be unable to take the medication and get withdrawal symptoms. I didn't want to feel I was relying on medication to make me 'okay', knowing that something could happen and I would struggle without it.

There was a certain antipsychotic I was on for a few months that I was addicted to (or at least addicted to some aspects of it). It zoned me out a lot, it was very relaxing having my brain so 'peaceful' and slow, and I really loved that feeling. It was actually one of the reasons my psychiatrist had to take me off it, I was becoming too attached those feelings, and it was really hard to say goodbye to that. Even now I fear I'll be placed on another medication and will become addicted to it. It is scary and unless you've experienced it you don't really understand how it feels. Mental illness really isn't fun, especially the medication side of things.
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WhiteFireFlies Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Wow, awesome idea. Great work!:clap: 
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KassidiKeys Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   Digital Artist
Hi :)  I've given this piece a Feature over here -> kassidikeys.deviantart.com/jou…
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BoredomIAU Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the colors in this: even though they're dull on their own, when put together like this, they're stark and interesting.

This piece kind of reminds me of when I had to start taking medicine for my depression -- I was so scared that something would happen, whether it be addiction (since my family has that addiction gene turned way the hell up) or damage to my liver and kidneys to the point of failure (which are already riddled with scar tissue).... I still worry about it some times, despite the fact that it's been years since I started taking medicine and nothing's really gone wrong yet. I'm still afraid, though, because I know that, one of these days, my current pills will stop working, as the others have in the past, and I'll have to go on that painful, body-numbing, mind-killing, heart-pounding search for the right ones again. It's really fucking terrifying, to be honest, which is why I try not to think about it too much.

Yeah, I'd say this picture is pretty accurate in its representation of emotions. :icongoodjobplz:
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Cottonera Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015  Student General Artist
I agree with you on this. A lot of people seem to be taking this picture as "all modern medicine is bad, boo down with everything" kind of message. But I think its more about the initial FEAR a lot of people have when trying out medications that could be saving their life. Yes, all those side effects on the bottle are really scary looking. But that doesn't mean you're going to necessarily have them. (as most if any side effects that can occur are rare or very mild; source my family is full of doctors and I've been on various anti anxiety meds. Those possible side effects labels are mostly to cover the medicine companies' asses if you suddenly turn orange or grow an extra limb, because HA WE WARNED YOU.)

The best cure to being scared of something is awareness. The more you know about what you're taking, and how it works the generally easier it is to deal with, maybe you should talk to your doctor and ask really specific questions? I know it put my mind at ease a bit, so maybe (or maybe not) it could help you too? 
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Helenarelativity Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
This is amazing
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kiokosakura Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
very nice!
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Schnuckalll Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning!
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SecretTalisman Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
This is a pretty scary concept I'm in no way familiar with, but I do have to say I do like the inspiration behind it. The horns, the pills, the smoke/hair, the grappling/ever-tightening tentacles symbolize these theme really well! Good job :)
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Hirasu Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Wow just wow♥
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miss-ficelle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
Splendide !!!! Magnifique ! I love a lot !
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goldchocobo Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing work, i love so much the details in this work.
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ikzan Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome you are so awesome!!!!!!!!I am a dummy! I am a dummy! I am a dummy! 
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