Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Comments by jorwig

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  • Thank you for sharing this study and the questions you raise. I am attending a medication appointment for a new client whose grandma believed her granddaughter had bipolar disorder, based on an intake interview at a local clinic. I plan to attend and challenge putting this bright, creative survivor on brain poison. I will forward your words to the grandma to read. She needs to understand the arbitrary nature of diagnosis and the risks involved in trusting the face on the TV screen to know what is best for her granddaughter. Unfortunately many parents and guardians have blind faith in the competence of prescribers and do not understand the substantial risks involved in submitting themselves or their family members to the world of psychotropic medications. I can’t tell a client not to take a medication, but I can challenge my clients to understand the effects of what they do take and whether the risks involved are worth it.

  • Having read your reflections on the ambiguous nature of how best to help people in distress, I am encouraged by your willingness to recognize that there is no simple remedy for everything. It all depends, sometimes the magic works and sometimes it doesn’t, you can lead a horse to water and so on. No one knows everything about everything. My own challenge as a counselor is challenging the belief that putting children on multiple adult medications is somehow going to make them better. Skepticism seems like a good starting point for analyzing simple solutions, such as using medications as a first-choice for alleviating all forms of distress. Thank you for being devoting yourself to going beyond the easy answers.

  • Noel,
    I liked what you wrote. I work mostly with foster care kids who have endured who knows what in their family of origin and are plopped down with a family they are expected to be comfortable with. If they are triggered by something and show extreme emotions of rage, they get diagnosed with bipolar disorder or ADHD or sometimes not even a diagnosis and are expected to take whatever is prescribed to treat their condition. Forever, amen. I just met a new client who is 11 and takes Trazodone, Risperdal, methyphenidate and one other I can’t recall. He has trouble sleeping. He showed me the scar on his back where his father burned him with a cigarette when he was two. He endured much. He has been in 11 placements and now is in a home that is beginning to realize that drugs don’t really fix anything and they are willing to wean him. A very bright kid who scares the hell out of people when he is triggered. I believe that writing and engaging in discussions about how what has happened to people influences their behaviors is the right direction to take. Keep challenging the standard operating procedures and question authority, as the button says.

  • Sera,
    Good for you for listening to your son and confronting the commonly accepted belief that any kid who is not totally present in the classroom needs to be medicated. Lawmakers seem to have decided that education should be run by businesses and like a business. Children are like a piece of machinery that is either functioning correctly or in need of some fine-tuning or maybe just discarded as beyond the effort to repair. The reality for many children is that just making it to school takes a great deal of effort and besides the homework and books in their bags, they are carrying the invisible load of what they have experienced in their homes: Poverty, violence, homelessness, addictions, chaos, lack of nurturance, disruptions of relationships and various forms of abuse. Our communities need to learn that children seldom can be punished into successful students. Rather than abandoning public schools to Wall Street investors, we need to accept our responsibility as citizens to provide the resources that are needed to help with healing the wounds. It is astounding to me that we can spend a trillion dollars a year to destroy potential foreign enemies and we do that by ignoring the suffering of our own people. This is a struggle that will never end, but it is one that’s worth joining. Thanks for your comments and for putting your beliefs into action.
    Jim

  • Sera,
    Thanks for researching the connections between patient advocacy groups and their sponsors in the pharmaceutical corporations. I work with mostly low-income medicaid clients as an LPC and I am appalled, but no longer amazed, at the quantities of medications some of my clients take, apparently unaware of the potential side effects. The prescriber’s approach seems to be, “I will give you whatever I can think of that might alleviate your (fill in the blank).” Part of what I do therapeutically is to offer alternatives such as mindfulness, nutrition information, self-calming strategies and identifying and addressing the effects of trauma. Mad in America has been a great resource. When I find a well-thought-out article, I pass it on to other professionals.