The Triangle of Mental Health: Appropriate Medication

One of the three parts of what I call the Triangle of Mental Health is appropriate medication.

Not everyone requires medication yet for those who do I advocate getting appropriate medication given out by a reputable professional.

A study indicates that those who take medication live longer because they’re mentally healthy so that they can navigate keeping medical appointments and attending to their health overall.

My stance has always been that people who require medication shouldn’t be attacked. No one should be critical of any of us peers for the choices we make in recovery.

Research also indicates that giving patients high doses of medication isn’t good.

The earlier a person is treated it’s more likely they can take a lower dose.

Yes: I’m against the historically sanctioned practice of giving patients high doses of medication and no individualized treatment and no practical career counseling.

Those are the other two parts of the Triangle of Mental Health and I’ll talk about them next: quicker individualized treatment and practical career counseling.

 

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Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She owns a resume writing and career help business. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and a fitness buff.

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