Pain is a reality of life. Pain comes in a multitude of ways into our lives. Physical, mental, emotional, it makes its presence known to us. It seems to have a mind or life of it’s own. It inflicts its presence seemingly wherever it wants. Essentially uninvited.
We respond and react to it, as it’s not in our plan. It threatens to change our life, slow us down, hijack our best laid plans, frustrate us, hurt us, make us angry. It has a life and agenda of its own.
Most of the front line of defense in pain “management” is medication. Medication in a million different forms. From headaches to muscle pain, to serious illnesses, medication is a huge part of our lives. Even mental and emotional pain is managed in many cases with medication. This is the area I would like to discuss.
In my work over many years, I have seen people be medicated in ways sometimes more harmful than helpful in certain situations. For example, people can be prescribed psychotropic medications by a professional with little, or without any expertise in psychiatry. I have seen this over and over again. There have been many times I have suggested clients go back to their doctor and request a change in medications, based on my limited knowledge in medications. I have enough experience to know for example, that a certain medication over a long period of time to handle anxiety is likely to cause addiction. And for someone with addiction in their own lives or family history, this can bring devastating long term results, though in the short term, it may appear as though there are positive results. This was actually done in my own family, more than once. I also had many years working in the field of addiction and recovery.
I am here to encourage us all to seek out the most competent source of assistance possible when we are experiencing pain, especially emotional pain. It is a specialized field requiring expertise and experience. In the care of clients, as professionals become aware of the medications people are taking, it is an obligation to ask the right questions to help ensure they are receiving the best care. This especially if the person is expressing that they are experiencing negative side effects of some kind, or if we see a related issue of some kind as I described.
There are also, of course, genuine mental illnesses that are best treated with medications and other forms of therapy to correct a genuine condition assessed by qualified medical professionals. Make no mistake about that. In the disclaimer on the bottom of every email, I state the following, which I will accentuate due to the particular content in this specific post:
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Pain will continue to be a reality for us all to deal with. Let’s seek out the best care possible when we experience it in our lives.