Monday, July 18, 2011

Taking Medication

I often have people think it's a sin or they must have done something horrible if I ask them to consult with a doctor about the possibility of medication. They think that it is completely in their control- that they can just take control of their body- if they can't control themselves then they're not trying hard enough or doing the right thing. Now, I'm not saying get on medication first thing. I usually only refer people to medication after a few other steps have been taken such as counseling, building a strong support system, building self-efficacy etc. But I do believe that in some cases medication is necessary.

Just a thought.

"One sensitive area I wish to deal with is the use of medication for resolving emotional problems. I am not a medical doctor and for the most part neither is your Bishop or other church leader. Prescribed medication can only be given by a trained and licensed professional. Whether or not you use medication is a decision that you and a trained physician make. Use a similar procedure in taking medication for a mental illness as you would in deciding about taking medication to deal with any other medical problem. The Lord has blessed us with science and technology that can make our lives so much easier. A variety of medications are now available that assist in dealing with serious and life threatening problems, including emotional ones. To those suffering from a mental illness or disorder, medication can be a tremendous help. We would no more expect a diabetic to live without insulin than we would expect a person suffering from a serious mental illness such as manic depression or schizophrenia to live without appropriate medication. We understand the treatment of many mental illnesses require the use of medication. If you, your surrounding loved ones, and a mental health professional decide medication is necessary, then take the medication."
- Dr./Elder Joe J. Christensen, Quorum of the Seventy

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