Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

29 thoughts on “Consent To Treatment.

    1. It takes a herculean task to convince them to get help. I used to be one such person and it took the comments and support of more than a 100 people to put a crack on the tough cover that had developed. Forcing us to take medication or therapy helps no one.

  1. This is so true Arjun about anything to do with the mind. I would like to reflect on Neha s point Above. I know of someone very close who definitely has symptoms which need treatment but the person takes it as an insult if we as mu h suggest going and seeing a psychiatrist. She’s now too old and looks like there is little we can do when she refuses to seek help

    1. You can talk and try to convince her that seeing a psychiatrist is not all that bad. This is also a product of stigma attached to psychiatrists and mental health. It is worth a try

  2. You can talk and try to convince her that seeing a psychiatrist is not all that bad. This is also a product of stigma attached to psychiatrists and mental health. It is worth a try

  3. First of all, kudos for your theme once again. The stigma associated with a psychiatrist is unfortunately all too familiar. Happy to see you doing your bit for mainstreaming the topic.

    1. Thank you Lavanya. I hear it all too often that people talk about why they can’t visit the psychiatrist. The doctors are considered loony people who are supposed to only treat the mad. The more we work to change that, the sooner it happens.

  4. Self help is the greatest charity one can do to self. How true! When suffering from depression, does the sufferer understand this? It must be a great obstacle to overcome.
    Thanks Arjun for explaining mental illnesses in great details, one post at a time.

    1. It is a big task to accept. Patients think that they deserve it or that depression is for crazy people. Accepting the problem is the first step to solving it

  5. Most.people who are ill or depressed don’t accept it. Their spouse or family has to give them medicines on the sly by mixing it in food to keep them going. It is a difficult situation if the patient comes to know and stops eating food . I am glad to know you understood, accepted and treated your issue to talk about it.

    1. The problem is that medicines won’t help a lot if the person doesn’t accept them. The pills may lead to a release of serotonin but for them to take a lasting effect, we need to maintain the level of serotonin.

  6. Agree, the consent is important but the mental illness can make some people difficult to understand that they need a treatment. In that case I guess they need guidance or support from others.

    1. Agree on that. Support from outside helps, but, in order for sustainable recovery to happen, we need efforts from within.

  7. Consent certainly has to be an important element when it comes to mental illness as the acceptance that you need help is at times not easy to achieve by the sufferer himself. Another insightful post.

  8. We have a daughter who struggles with mental illness. Thankfully, she was able to see how important it was for her to get help. Sometimes she tries to go without her meds but soon spirals out of control. Part of it is anxiety related to autism. We hope that as she learns to cope with that, things will improve and she will one day be able to live without medication.

    1. I’m so glad to hear about your daughter. I tried to stop my meds once or twice as well but learned harshly that they have to be tapered off and not stopped abruptly. I genuinely hope she manages to cope without medicines. It will.be hard but she has all the support she needs

    1. It took an effort from me to tell myself that I am not my disease. I didn’t accept that I was ill. I kept telling myself that this is who I am and it is what I deserve. It took effort from my side to tell and repeat the thought that I am I’ll and I can get better. Hope that answers your question, let me know of it doesn’t.

      1. I don’t know the particulars of the person in question here. In my case, I realized that my brain would run amok with its negative thoughts and I needed to get them in control. When I had those thoughts, I would say STOP out loud or internally. Some people chant in order to make the bad thoughts go away. The purpose of them is to distract and keep the mind in control of its thought process.

  9. Like many others have pointed, I am also unsure of telling someone they need help. Because mostly people would react angrily on being told so and will reject the idea of therapy.

    1. I think that even if we know the answer. Even if we are sure of what it will be, we should give it our sincerest effort. I understand why people don’t agree though.

  10. Oh yeah, consenting to something is a full fledged commitment, I was in bits and pieces a decade ago and had to suffer nervous breakdown. It was that time of my life when I thought everything is waste and should let it go. But a stranger helped me overcome and I had to commit myself not to attempt it again. That was a turning point in my life. Consent settles peace over doubts. Look forward for next post.

  11. Sometimes people are not ready to accept that they need help and thus do not consent to treatment. I k now of a doctor who required treatment bt was not ready to accept his condition. His wife also a doctor went through a tough time to make him understand why he required to ask for help and there is nothing wrong in it

    1. It becomes a much more tougher job to help people who refuse to accept it. I hope the doctor you mention is better now.

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