Tagged: Federal Legislation
September 8, 2012 at 2:25 am #18544September 8, 2012 at 7:21 pm #18581Maria MangicaroParticipant
A perfectly worded, well thought out vision….thank you for being the facilitator of a divine creation.September 9, 2012 at 7:33 am #18584
Thank you for spreading the message on MiA about Functional Medicine and other forms of holistic treatment.
DuaneSeptember 14, 2012 at 1:09 am #18940
Having been diagnosed with sleep apnea, I want to find ways to make sure that the medical profession routinely screens people for sleep disorders before they automatically assume that someone should get a psych label.
Therefore, I would greatly appreciate it if you could add this link to your excellent website:
“Sleep disturbance is intimately linked with both child and adult psychiatric disorders in a number of ways. Of basic clinical importance is the fact that many specific sleep disorders are at risk of being misconstrued as primarily psychiatric conditions and, as a consequence, treated inappropriately.
More detailed enquiries about sleep than are usual in traditional history-taking would be a first step in helping psychiatrists to recognise sleep disorder in patients and identify its nature. Basic screening questions that should be asked routinely of patients and observers are whether the patient has difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, whether excessive sleepiness is a problem during the day and whether the patient has any disturbing episodes at night. A positive answer to any of these questions calls for a detailed sleep history (Aldrich & Naylor, 2000). A sleep–wake questionnaire can also be a useful part of clinical enquiry (e.g. Roth et al, 2002). By means of detailed information collected in these ways, together with an overall review of the patient’s past history and his or her physical and psychiatric condition, it should be possible to identify, at least provisionally, the nature of any sleep disorder present, provided that the clinician understands the range of disorders described in modern sleep disorders medicine and their main features. Depending on these preliminary findings, further special investigations, including psychological sleep studies, might be appropriate, with the advice of a sleep disorders specialist in selected cases.
It is essential that sleep disorders do not continue to be overlooked or misinterpreted, not only in psychiatry but in other medical specialities concerned with the care of patients of all ages. Inevitably, the consequences of not recognising the patient’s basic condition and failing to provide appropriate treatment has serious consequences for patients and their families”
AASeptember 14, 2012 at 8:41 am #18942
I have often thought that sleep (or lack thereof) is behind most severe “mental” health conditions.
I hope you’re able to find some help with your sleep apnea condition, AA.
Thank you for the url. I put the link on this page, under ‘sleep disorders’ –
Hopefully, it will help someone else!
DuaneSeptember 15, 2012 at 6:21 am #18981
Thanks Duane for doing that.
Sadly, I have gotten more help from internet boards but what else is new, right?
AASeptember 15, 2012 at 8:59 am #18988
I think manyof us get more help from the internet boards, because most of the mental health professionals don’t have a clue. They know how to label, prescribe drugs, but not much else. Hopefully, things are beginning to change.
DuaneSeptember 15, 2012 at 9:42 am #18989
Actually, as various medical boards have shown, including ones for apnea, many medical professionals don’t have a clue. And if the statistics are accurate that non psychiatrists prescribe 75% of all psych meds, then simply avoiding a psychiatrist is no guarantee someone will escape a label and a psych med.
By the way, as a prospective new patient, be careful of what I call traps for labeling such as questions that ask about previous psych condition or meds or whether you are currently depressed.
AASeptember 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm #18992
You make some great points….
I’ve learned a lot from your comments over these past couple of years.
DuaneSeptember 16, 2012 at 12:42 am #19020
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