I guess the number one reason why I fear taking medication is due to the potential side effects. Many people already have the same answer, but when it comes to psychiatric meds especially, there seems to be more side effects than taking, say... an acid reducer or something. And you know for the most part there'll be some side effect(s) present. From nausea and dizziness to sexual dysfunction and urinary problems to even incredibly mood swings -- there is usually something. Luckily, they tend to go away, but it is trudging through the storm that's the hard part. Also, coming off of the medication is huge as well. I remember taking Cymbalta last year and the prescribing psychiatrist told me to just "stop taking it." I went from 30mg to 60mg and I was getting chest pains and anxiety, but he didn't tell me that any such symptoms would arise and I had no community support like I do here, so I feared the worst and wanted off of the medication. I also, at the time, was going to a Wellness Center and they were pushing me to try a holistic route. So I abruptly stopped taking the Cymbalta after a few months and man oh man, I thought my eyeballs were going to fall out. Terrible headaches and just feeling anxious and terrible for like a week or more!
The second reason, which is a close runner up, is your reason, Never-Quit. I always thought that people that had anxiety were relatively weak-minded. I mean, come on, how can you NOT control your anxiety with logic? But what I found out myself is that anxiety isn't rational at all. It comes and torments as it pleases, and the medication is a tool that we use to combat it (As well as therapy, additional supplementation, meditation, exercise, diet, and so on!). People tend to think that because someone is on psychiatric medication that they're completely crazy (I've heard many-a-Prozac jokes). But it's just not true, obviously. Do I wish I didn't have to take medication? Of course! But if I had a headache I'd take Ibuprofen, and if I had an ailment with my heart or stomach or, well, anything, I'd take medication! Otherwise my quality of life would suffer. I tried to tough it out. I still do at times, but to live every single day in agony and stress just because I don't want to look weak? That makes me weaker overall since I care too much about what other people think. And I, as well as you and everyone else here, are better than that.