Monday, September 20, 2021

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  • There is so much dysfunction in the situation it’s no wonder the outcome was disastrous! The most important thing would have been separation from the parents to gain some autonomy and independent living skills along with some major cognitive therapies. This patient, I think, would require years of therapy to first properly separate from her parent’s grip and then to gain independence in a controlled environment. To medicate her and keep her in a medicated state further exacerbated the lack of control she had over her own life!!! She would have needed therapy to learn to just cope with life’s normal stressors, as well. As the daughter of an alcoholic, I’m sure she was lacking plenty of those skills too. The sad thing in 1964, 1994 and in 2014, is that, too many children AND adults are thrust into the world of psychiatric medications as a shortcut to the cold, harsh truth that they need to do work to eliminate the causes of dysfunction in their life , then work to rebuild their life with just as much therapy as medications. To medicate and not do some sort of behavioral re-training is the lazy short way out (and clearly not the “out” that screams they are a mentally healthy individual!!) So, flash forward to 2014 and she would have been undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy. A therapy, which by the way, is one of the most successful therapies yet!!!