Writers With Mental Illness

Self-Care Challenge 5: Medication Tracker

Don’t Make The Same Mistakes I Did!

I first started taking prescription medication in high school. I took Paxil for depression. Paxil has a short half-life, meaning that if you forget to take it or stop taking it suddenly, you will have unpleasant side effects very quickly. I didn’t know this. I experienced side effects like nausea, headaches, and vertigo, but I had no idea why.

I now know to take my medications at the same time every day. This consistency is so important for recovery, not just escaping horrid side effects! Many of my friends have confided in me that they can’t remember to take their medication. Luckily, I can recommend an app for that!


Self Care Challenge 5: Medication Tracker


  1. For challenge 5, open up the Healthstorylines app and choose the feature called “Medication Tracker.”

  2. Type in all your medications, making sure to select the correct doses and times of day to take them.

  3. Now, for the next five days, I want you to document in the app whether or not you take or skip a medication. At the end of the week, you will see a graph that has kept a record of this. This graph is important because you can show your doctor and see how your symptoms may have crept up at certain times. It can also help you notice when any unpleasant side effects occur! It’s an invaluable tool that I use every day.

Let me know how it goes! If you’re interested in participating¬†in any of the other challenges, click here.

About The Author:

August Blair is the founder of Survival is a Talent. She is a freelance writer, blogger, and student. She is passionate about health and wellness, social issues, and the environment. She studies at The University of North Georgia.


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