By Yvette McShan – Let’s Stop All Forms of Abusing Psychiatric Patients, Part 2 of 2

Restraints are just one form of abusing psychiatric patients

Restraints are just one form of abusing psychiatric patients

America must stop abusing psychiatric patients.  Forced treatment is cruel, and should not be tolerated. It needs to stop in America, and any country, for that matter.  We must stop abusing psychiatric patients that way.

What about organizations that do not believe in forced treatment, but get medical dollars to diminish people in the mental health system, to document consumers are getting better — when they are really being set up to fail, and will more likely end up more traumatized.  That’s a another form of abusing psychiatric patients.

A chronic diagnosis, and medication for life — right away — for people, who are really dealing with trauma and emotional distress. is abusing psychiatric patients.  They could come out whole or stronger on the other side of their problems. They don’t have to be “sick” for the rest of their lives, but many believe the doctor, who says they are.  Hopelessness and invasive medication often do make them sick for the rest of their lives.

A No-Win Set-Up is Abusing Psychiatric Patients

For example, sending someone to community college who has social anxieties, memory loss, hopelessness, and thinks others are bad-mouthing her.  Mental health organizations often get cash incentives for abusing psychiatric patients that way, by putting them in situations they can'[t handle.

Organizations in the community catered to their needs, and gave them a supportive environment that instills hope, to make her feel she belongs, and is not an outcast because she is dealing with trauma and emotional distress.

More ex-patients and survivors with lived experience should be employed to support distressed people moving toward wellness and recovery.  When they support consumers, they forget their own distress.

Some Peer Specialists Are Abusing Psychiatric Patients

But some forget they were hired because of their lived experience with mental illness or drug addiction.  They look down on consumers, and reflect the abuse they suffered on the people they are trying to help.

This, according to the National Association of Peer Specialists (NAOPS), is one of three common pitfalls when peers work with professionals on mental health agency staffs.

Another is coming in as change agents, objecting to everything that goes on, thinking their experience trumps everyone else’s training.  The third is being disrespected and devalued as a member of a treatment team, given only busy work, like driving people to appointments, by the agency.

What examples of abusing psychiatric patients have you seen or experienced?

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