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Patient-to-Patient Communication Can Be Dangerous

Patient-to-Patient Communication Can Be Dangerous

I get asked quite a bit for specific treatment recommendations. People will tell me a few medication details and then ask what to do, or someone will ask what my experience has been on a certain treatment.

My answer is always the same: only your doctor is qualified to talk to you about your treatment as they know your personal history and health. My experience is only one person’s and cannot be generalized to any other person.

And that is the right answer. But unfortunately, it’s one people don’t want to give (or get).

A clear example is seen on Patients Like Me, a web site designed for patient-to-patient communication.

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About Amy Kiel, Author of Depression Diaries Blog

About Amy Kiel, Author of Depression Diaries Blog

Hello. I’m Amy Kiel and welcome to my depression blog, Depression Diaries. I am a passionate mental health activist learning daily to live a beautiful life despite an ongoing 20 year battle with major depressive disorder. As part of my work to spread awareness and share the message of hope, you can count on me to talk candidly about the real life challenges associated with depression and the many mental health issues that often accompany it. There’s no sugar coating it around here.

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To Talk Therapy or Not to Talk Therapy?

To Talk Therapy or Not to Talk Therapy?

After next week, I will be responsible for Bob’s appointments–psychiatrist (which I already attend) and therapist (which my husband currently handles). The question I’m asking, however–given last week’s observations by the therapist–is should we even bother continuing with talk therapy at this point?

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The Insidiousness of Alcoholism

The Insidiousness of Alcoholism

Kendra was a binge drinker. While in college, she never thought of binge drinking as a problem. Years later, she was an alcoholic. Watch video.

I don’t know anyone who has set out to become an alcoholic. For most, alcoholism creeps up on you. Take Kendra for instance. She’s our guest on this week’s HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show.

Kendra started binge drinking in college. It was part of the social scene, so it never struck her that binge drinking might be an indication of a drinking problem. After all, she was only drinking one day a week. Of course, that was the early years.

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Natasha – Example of a Psychiatric Treatment Failure?

Natasha – Example of a Psychiatric Treatment Failure?

I write at HealthyPlace about the problems associated with living with bipolar disorder, and let’s face it, there are many. I also talk about the problems with the treatment of bipolar disorder, and yes, there are many of those too.

But just because I recognize issues, discuss genuine, painful emotion and make loud an inner voice that among most people is strangled, doesn’t mean my treatment has been a failure. Just because I’m not “all better,” that doesn’t mean treatment doesn’t work.

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Raising Child with Mental Illness Requires Flexibility

Raising Child with Mental Illness Requires Flexibility

There’s a great deal of flexibility demanded of parents and other caregivers of mentally ill children. I don’t mean physical flexibility (although that can certainly come in handy, as well)–I mean the ability–and willingness–to completely move from Plan A to B in the blink of an eye.

I mentioned previously that some changes were in order for our family. After a lot of number-crunching, soul-searching, cussing and dis-cussing, nail-biting and everything else that goes with major life decisions–yesterday, I resigned from my job.

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Borderline Personality Disorder, Personal Responsibility and Identity

Borderline Personality Disorder, Personal Responsibility and Identity

Borderline Personality Disorder, Personal Responsibility and Identity

I know of a lawsuit I would have paid a month’s wages to watch Judge Judy handle. When I was a child, a student brought either cocaine or heroin to her elite private school. She was caught and expelled. However, the school had no written rules, which meant there was no formal drug policy. She sued, claiming she didn’t know she couldn’t bring drugs.

To my knowledge, borderline personality disorder (BPD) was not a factor. However, this frivolous lawsuit is a perfect example of an attempt to avoid personal responsibility–one of the complications of BPD.

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Phobias, Anxieties and Work (Part 2)

Phobias, Anxieties and Work (Part 2)

Anxiety can happen in a blink of an eye. Simply repeating the two words of “what if” to yourself can start the process of building anxiety. These are several points about self talk and their messages that I want to address.

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My Tragic Relationship with Anxiety: Our First Date

My Tragic Relationship with Anxiety: Our First Date

Anxiety: It wasn’t always like this. Was it?

Imagine you’re dating your anxiety disorder. Yes, you’re in a relationship with your anxiety disorder. Scary, isn’t it?! Now here’s how one gets into this mess.

When anxiety and I first got together, things seemed OK. The first date was a bit awkward – anxiety nitpicked about the food but other than that it went well. Anxiety insisted on a second date and I thought, well, why not? Quite right about the food, really.

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Learn About Verbal Abuse So You Can Stop It

Learn About Verbal Abuse So You Can Stop It

If you want to learn how to stop abuse, you have to learn about verbal abuse. Here are tools. Don't live in denial about abuse. Read this.

Learning about verbal abuse will help you to stop it. I’m not promising that your abuser will change, but stopping abuse begins with you. “Awareness is the greatest agent of change” and your awareness will in one fashion or another change your life. Learning about verbal abuse is key to stopping abuse.

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