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Meds: Myths and Realities

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3 Responses to Meds: Myths and Realities

  1. psychtester says:

    Great lecture. I am a clinical psychologist as well as a NP with prescription authority. I see medication as a stabilizer in helping the client discover and integrate fragmented parts into more of a whole. One thing that I have found that works in moving the healing process (especially with the seriously mentally ill) is story telling; talking about a client who had similar issues as my present client has and how certain medication(s) have helped make a positive change in their life. By talking about how another client benefited from certain medications, the client does not become defensive, and thus it gives them room to think about the suggestion, as it is not something that they must or must not do. It is amazing how these clients will come back in a week or two, having looked the med(s) online, and become more willing to give the med(s) a try. I also ask them to think like a scientist in discovering what works and what doesn’t work. When they come back to the next session we collaborate on possible therapy tweaks. This allows the client to want to take more responsibility for their treatment outcome.

  2. velora says:

    Wow! how refreshing to hear a psychiatrist who thinks also like a therapist, best of both worlds. great insights for working with patients to work with themselves. I do try to collaborate with prescribers with varying degrees of responsiveness. I think we have to be a team in partnership with the patient. Very informative!
    Thank you

  3. Suzanneg says:

    A most thoughtful and thought-provoking presentation, framed from a ‘whole-child’ and ‘whole-context’ perspective. I especially appreciated the closing commentary; it takes courage to both recognize and articulate the societal threats with which children must contend just to ‘get through the day’. We would all benefit if more of us stand up and speak such truths from our therapeutic vantage-point and make constructive use of our professional leverage. Bravo! (from an LCSW/Psychoanalyst)

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