She’s given up that control. i think its because she gets no support with it, and quite the contrary. Altering the drugs, that she can get support with, but not with reducing them and really making her life better. That’s the way I see it.
I think she has surrendered because its just too difficult to fight the system and resist peer pressures. This is a very drug orientated society and we all know it, but how many of us are facing up to the implications and consequences of that?
Reflecting further, it seems to me that so many of the labels used to describe our ill health conditions, such as bipolar, psychotic or even drug addiction, are just covers for deeper underlying problems, such as human rights abuses, domestic violence, poverty and discrimination.
I’m having to face up to these things in myself, and that’s another story.
|The situation is absurd. Mental health patients trying to improve their lives by bringing their medication down are doing so in secret, like its a criminal act, with no support and a real chance of being punished with a CTO. And, as I explained, the way a mental health patient, like My friend, relates to this predicament creates another level of danger and health risk
Follow up – not yet received acknowledgment for the letter sent on the 8th April 2013 to a firm of solicitors in London. Tried again…
Below I have pasted in a copy of the email I posted to office on the 8th April 2013.
Update: I can sadly report that my friend’s condition is currently unstable. I attribute this, in part, to the recent benefits review and the abrupt changes she felt forced to make to her medication usage to comply with her psychiatrists expectations and earlier (eighteen month old) prescriptions, and reinforced with the threat of a CTO. Friends concur that she was of more sound mind on the lower dose she had come down to.
Therefore, I would argue that the CTO, rather than protect the patient or the public, is increasing the risk of a complete patient breakdown and all the consequences of that for friends, family and the public.
I would like to know if this is an issue being brought up within the legal system.
It is the patients labeled as psychotic who seem to be in the most vulnerable position because their problem behaviour is perceived as antisocial and threatening, which it can be, and the psychiatrists can point the finger at neurosis in instances when prescription drug regimes, and not the patients so called illness, have triggered a destructive incident.
Its a moral dilemma… Someone is saying, “You can’t be responsible for yourself. I am now responsible for what you do providing you take the medication exactly as I dictate (but if it doesn’t work out well I’ll still try to blame your illness!).”
Let me persist with this. I feel so inhibited at the moment. I don’t seem to trust myself. I feel judged before I’ve even started! I am the one who judges. I want to be able to express myself without having to constantly check back and edit. I get things wrong – so what! The idea behind this blog is to require of myself the unedited truth; to deliver the truth as I experience it now. Perhaps the truth is not an absolute thing but a constantly shifting point of consciousness; point of searching and inquiry. There will never be an end to the qualifications and the revisions, but the truth is the process and not a final outcome.
testing the format of the blog
I promise to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth
This is a personal integrity project.
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