The majority of clients who come into my office do not want to take psychiatric medication. I always leave the decision up to them, but as part of my assessment, I always explore with my clients where the resistance is.
Typically, the clients have picked up erroneous information, or had irresponsible doctors prescribing their meds before, resulting in a negative experience. I try to dispel some of the myths that come along with psychiatric medication, as many of them are either outright wrong or not true in all cases.
It is absolutely true that medication is not always necessary or appropriate to treat mental illness, and obtaining prescriptions from a doctor who is not adequately educated and/or does not actively listen and respond to your partner’s needs is dangerous. But if your partner won’t even consider medication at all, is it because of one of the following thoughts?