When the drugs don’t work
Harper, D. 2002. When the drugs don’t work. Open Mind. 114, p. 8.
It is clear that medication for mental health difficulties does not produce anything like a cure.1 Taking medication is no guarantee that one will never relapse or experience a symptom again. This poses a problem for the over optimism of some biological psychiatrists. I became interested in responses to this problem during some research2 in which I interviewed users of psychiatric services, GPs, psychiatrists and CPNs. Throughout these interviews I encountered the same common explanations for why medication hadn't worked: the patient is a non-responder; is chronic; is on too low/high a dose; is on the wrong drug/too many different kinds of drugs; has not been compliant with their medication; has been wrongly diagnosed; some of the patient's problems are due to manipulative behaviour; there are odd exceptions.
|Keywords||medication; mental health; psychiatric services; schizophrenia; symptoms|
|Journal citation||114, p. 8|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://www.mind.org.uk/campaigns_and_issues/report_and_resources/openmind|
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|Deposited||22 Feb 2011|
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