Sunday, August 31, 2008

More on ethics and psychology

Just to let you all know that I know there are some very caring and very good psychologists. I do NOT dislike Psychologists or Psychiatrists. Just sometimes I think that they get too hung up on the science side of things. We are each of us quite different in our approach to life, our view of the world, the way we react to the inevitable problems that arise, and most importantly the way we view ourselves.
If someone needs help to straighten out their life – they may be depressed, or aggressive, or confused, or they may want to be a better athlete, or they may be lonely and just need someone to talk to, then do whatever you can to help! They might have been asked to do something at work which makes them uncomfortable, because of the ethics involved – the list is endless. It matters not whether you use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming or whatever. If it works use it. If it doesn’t, then stir the pot and use what does! Mix and match!! This is never a one size fits all approach.
And some medication, in the short term, repeat short term, may calm down a client to the point when therapy may be utilised. To rely on drugs however, for insomnia as an example, indicates a lack of understanding of the human psyche, and is very unhealthy in the long term (despite what the drug companies say). Sleep is the most natural thing in the world. If you can’t sleep then get some help, talk to someone, solve the problem, but don’t take the easy way out by taking drugs.

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