Posted by violette on June 14, 2010, at 21:31:36
In reply to Acceptance Of Meds Gives Me Happiness, posted by bulldog2 on June 14, 2010, at 16:32:18
I accept whatever works to solve the problem(s).
Medications can solve symptoms temporarily, perhaps sometimes permanently, or they could worsen problems/cause new ones that might be worse than the old ones....
I also believe that no one should feel that taking medications equates to some sort of weakness....though this isn't exclusive to the mental health field - just read some of the posts at the NY Times health blog complaining about people consuming health care due to lifestyle choices (e.g., diabetes type II). Even though some points may be true, some of it is very hateful and overall, that type of thinking is destructive to society.
I also believe in patient education and feel strongly that patients should have a range of treatment choices rather than being directed to specific treatments deemed acceptable/adequate by our social constructs. I think it's important to preserve that right, remaining aware of conflicts of interest to ensure treatments provided are what's best for each particular patient, rather than what is best for certain groups or dogma.