Applying empathy to the cure of mental illnesses
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First and foremost let me start by saying that I have never been diagnosed with any sort of mental illness however, Like most people I know individuals who have been diagnosed with depression, schizophrenia and many more. Although I may not be in the same state of mind, I am also struggling with them, i am going through sleepless nights and constantly wondering how I can help. The reason why I am creating this petition is that people need to realise that MOST nurses, psychiatrists and psychologists in the field of mental health fail to review and educate family memebers about the cures/ treatments of these illnesses. According to them medications are the only form of cure for mental illness. To challenge this view I am requesting that we need to encourage the combination of empathic psychotherapy and herbal medication therapy into the field of schizophrenia, depression and other relevant mental illnesses furthermore, encourage family involvement , support and understanding to the cure of these alleged mental illness. While, medications can reduce the symptoms of mental illnesses, individuals with mentally ill family members will confirm that it is not an effective form of cure for long term recovery. My belief is that instead of rehabilitating patients, psychiatrists and psychologists, prolong the journey to full recovery. They provide patients with unnecessary shocks and medications and in doing so violating their human rights. The reason I state this is because after 10 years my brother is still being prescribed to take Clozapine,Olanzapine, Resperidonental every night followed by a needle every fortnight. The administration Of these medications has greatly impacted his social life and chances of success. He was diagnosed at the age of 20 years old after experiencing the lost of his cousin, it pains me to say that he is now 30 years of age and for the past 10 years he has being living a life in and out of the psych ward and community care units however, during that time he was not provided with the necessary therapy treatment or the strength to overcome his illness. He was unable to provide for himself financially as the medication he took kept him in sedated state where he was unable to go out and look for employment or finish his education furthermore, he was unable to engage in basic conversations, and because of this he has lost majority of his friends. Mental Health professions and departments need to understand the damage they are causing within families and that they cannot cure individuals while keeping them in a sedated state.So in creating this petition, I am requesting that department of education and training Victoria in collaboration with Department of health work to redefine what it means to be “mentally ill”. From my understanding Majority of mentally stable individuals experience some sort of loss in their lives too whether it’s losing a romantic partner, friend, parent, job and many more. This does not mean psychiatrists should be quick to Label everybody with a mental illness just because they are seeking help. Everybody copes with loss different, psychiatrists and psychologists need to Conduct more accurate experiments and diagnostic tests to identify and cure mental illnesses. Furthermore psychiatrists and nurses need to be re-educated and taught that they are not better nor, more mentally healthier than the individuals in which are they treating, they only have a better understanding of previous theories and symptoms of mental health. Like any other field, empathy needs to be applied in the field of psychology. Individuals need to be fully assessed before being Labelled with an illness. These departments also need to stop victimising the victimised by ensuring they educate the patients and their families on the medication in which they are administering to the mentally ill.
I encourage everyone to work with me so individuals with mental illness and their families can get involved in the treatment of mental health. It’s time to eliminate the negative stigmas behind mental illness.
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