Self-Perception vs. Reality

[Description: Four-panel cartoon; first panel is labeled “Self-Perception and features a line drawing of Annaham happily gobbling pills while excitedly saying “PILLS!”; the other three panels come under a heading that reads “Reality.” The second panel features Annaham grasping a bottle of pills in one hand and a single pill in the other; a thought bubble reads, “If I take this for pain, does that mean I’m an addict?” The third panel depicts Annaham with a worried/pained look on her face, plus a thought bubble that reads “OH FUCK.” The fourth panel pictures Annaham lying on the ground in obvious pain as tears flow from her eyes. A thought bubble reads, “If I take pills, I will become addicted. WILLPOWER.” The text at the bottom right of this image reads “5 minutes later.”]

Variation on a theme. Click for a higher-quality version; I’m not sure why WordPress shows the image as horribly pixelated and I can’t seem to fix it.

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3 thoughts on “Self-Perception vs. Reality

  1. Ginger says:

    It’s a lose, lose.

  2. NTE says:

    Oh yes… shouldn’t we have other options? Why aren’t there other options???

  3. Jessica Shea says:

    BIG difference between addiction and dependence. It’s okay to take them if you are in pain. Think about the damage that pain and stress are doing–taking medication can prevent that damage. I take my pain medication so I can live my life and ENJOY my life. There is no shame in doing so.

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