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A Hard Pill to Swallow: Medication, Empathy, and the Value of Collaborative Recovery.
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PMID:  23014794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Recovery from mental illness is a complex journey that is greatly facilitated when client and professional helper collaborate in the decision making process. It is further aided when the latter has an empathetic awareness of the client's experience, especially with regard to the impact of pharmacological treatment. The following article describes one psychologist's experience of being prescribed medication during a period of acute illness. Analysis of this experience is via a narrative, phenomenological approach. Results suggest that even when taken as directed, a medication can augment one's subjective feeling of illness. It further shows how challenging it can be for the ailing individual to assert his or her needs for something other than hospitalization. Although only one case is analyzed, it points to the impact that medication may have on the life of a person with mental illness, reinforcing the importance of collaboration and empathetic understanding of the other's experience.
Anne L Bizub
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-9-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Community mental health journal     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-2789     ISO Abbreviation:  Community Ment Health J     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-9-27     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0005735     Medline TA:  Community Ment Health J     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Elmira College, Elmira, NY, USA,
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