This is how mental health professionals argue against informed consent

OF COURSE WE ARE WORTH THE TRUTH

I sometimes participate in conversations on Linked-in. It’s become a source of gratification at least some of the time as I see more and more people waking up to what is happening in the mental health system. That said, I’m also still often horrified at what I meet there out in the mainstream of mental health providers. I hang around, however, because I’ve also found that there are many folks who are really deeply grappling with issues that only a decade ago were simply widely avoided. It’s an exciting time and people are really opening up to the possibility of deeply humane ways of helping folks that at this time get labeled with psychiatric DSM diagnosis. Below I’m posting some slightly edited comments from one of the threads. …

Informed consent and pro-choice when it comes to drugs and medications

Most people who end up on drugs that harm did not have viable options or they were not told of them if they did have them which amounts to a similar circumstance in their personal understanding of their own experience. Of course we don’t have an infrastructure of care that offer options and that is where policy making and legislation and education have to come in. For now though many people simply have very few options, but worse, if they do have access to options or alternatives they are not told and so they may make choices that are harmful when it wasn’t necessary. … [click on title to read and view more]

Bipolar diagnoses in foster children rise, informed consent becomes a bygone

Informed consent has never existed in any meaningful way in psychiatry. This headline pretends that it has. None the less, what is happening to our most vulnerable children is a travesty and it’s unprecedented. From the Chicago Tribune: Powerful mood-altering drugs were prescribed to hundreds of Illinois foster children without the required consent of state […]

Psychiatry Residents don’t volunteer information for informed consent

We can easily assume that psychiatrists in general have the same habits as the residents talked about in the article below as many of our lived experiences suggest. When we are young, desperate and naive, how many of us think to ask the pertinent questions? And then when we are thoroughly brainwashed to believe meds are the only way, how many of us really want to know the risks? If we have no alternatives, as we are led to believe, doesn’t it feel safer to just not know? These “passive” doctors are taking the easy way out to our great expense. …

Consent and choice: psychiatric drugs

A collection of posts exploring what consent and choice in mental health care looks like today and what it might look like in the future when more meaningful alternatives are actually made available. This post will be part of the navigation menus at the top of Beyond Meds.

INFORMED Choice

Below this article is a list of other articles that explore what choice looks like at this point and what it might look like in the future as well. I’m doing a repost from a couple of years ago. I thought of this  old post of mine the other day when I read We need drugs by Elliot […]

INFORMED Choice in regards to taking medications or not…

Let us create an infrastructure of care that is staffed with people who have many alternative and holistic choices for healing. One in which there are better options that simply do not harm. There are many such possibilities. This blog covers lots of methods that people have used to heal. They’re out there being used already by thousands of people but not in mainstream mental health care and psychiatry where pharma is god.

Antidepressants can cause long term chronic, debilitating physical illnesses

Psychiatrists don’t generally tell you about this when they prescribe them, do they? if it happens to anyone it should be part of informed consent. That it’s happening to many thousands of us, we now know. We talk to one another. We’re here and we’ve experienced this. It’s important to know what is happening to people who take psychiatric drugs and not just to those who perceive their experience as helpful. It’s always nice when national newspapers dare to tell the truth about psychiatric drugs. The below article is about antidepressants. … [click on title for the rest of the post]