Persistence With Psychiatric Patients

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Do Not Give Up On Treatment

Psychiatric patients oftentimes need reassurance that a certain treatment will be beneficial. The sound of a tricyclic antidepressant causing cardiac problems or electroconvulsive therapy inducing seizures can be understandably scary and concerning. Do not ever push a certain therapy onto a patient unless it’s an emergency.

Emergencies include suicidal ideation, past suicide attempts or current severe depression. Even substance abuse may be considered an emergency if the patient has a history of depression and overdoses, and is currently using. No matter what the situation is, always be kind with psychiatric patients; you are the potential healer of their suffering.

Persistence is important with psychiatric patients because many times, their judgment is too impaired to make rational decisions. For instance, many severely depressed patients in state hospitals are non-responsive to multiple antidepressants; their only hope is ECT.

But many patients refuse ECT out of the fear of feeling the electroconvulsive shocks being delivered via electrodes placed on the temporal regions of the head. The chances of feeling the shocks are slim to none, considering that anesthesia with Brevital, an anesthetic barbiturate, is given at a dose which induces sleep within 10 seconds, for a duration of 5-7 minutes.

The actual convulsions, on average, do not last longer than 180 seconds. The point is that psychiatric patients need persistent explanations and reassurance that a certain therapy has the potential of being beneficial. Giving up on a certain therapy because a patient consistently says “no” is giving up on your patient!

Do not settle for mediocracy. Psychiatric patients need persistent, healing human beings who do not give up on them. An excellent psychiatrist attempts to put him or herself in that patient’s shoes, in order to try to understand their perspective and where they are coming from.

Be that excellent psychiatrist. Be that caring healer. Be that loving human being!


Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

You Must Be Persistent In Life

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Fighting For What You Want

Life will throw many obstacles your way. If you remain passive and don’t fight back, you will lose yourself within the tide. Many people don’t fight back for something because they want to avoid dilemmas, complications or conflicts. But by not being persistent, you risk losing something important to you. And in the end, you are the one who ends up suffering.

To be persistent is to continue firmly in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Difficult events in life are not accidental; they are presented to you as opportunities to build upon your character. As frustrating as opposition may be, you have to adopt a warrior mentality that can be used when most needed.

A warrior mentality does not mean that you are a bad person; on the contrary, it makes you a smart and efficient person. It keeps you on your toes when adversity knocks at your door. It helps you avoid defeat by maintaining a strong state of mind. A warrior mentality is needed to fight for what you want in life.

It is not always easy to remain persistent. Over time, it can become grueling, especially when you don’t immediately see the results that you want. But you have to keep pushing! No one said that it would be easy. But the more that you persist and shoot for the stars, the more strength you will gather for future battles.

Life is supposed to get easier as you age: you are gaining more experience, wealth, success and positive people in your life. That is the goal. But if you find that life is getting more difficult as you age, then you must take a step back and reanalyze yourself and your current situation.

The worst thing that you can do is to give up your persistence in life. There will be many losses, but you cannot allow them to throw you off your course. Losing is part of the recipe for success; without it, you wouldn’t know what winning feels like. But giving up is not part of the formula for success; many give up, but few make it to the top!

It’s lonely at the top for a reason. Therefore, let’s widen the margin and bring more people to the top. And that can only be done with persistence and a fighting spirit.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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