To What End?

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. So, today I want to talk about the reasons that I spend so much of my time talking about my medical stuff on various social media platforms. There are several reasons that I feel this is an important activity to engage in.

The first reason that I do this is for myself. This gives me a place to talk about my medical problems and emotionally process the things that are going on in my life without having to dump all that on the people I live with. I talk to them too, but it’s important that they aren’t my only outlet because having chronic illness is big and creates a lot of baggage for a person to work through. It’s never a good idea to try to have one person handle all of that with you.

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Medical Autonomy

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and hanging out with me today, I’m glad that you are here. Today I am going to be talking about Medical Autonomy and some of the ethical complexities that come with it.

Expressing respect for patients’ autonomy means acknowledging that patients who have decision-making capacity have the right to make decisions regarding their care, even when their decisions contradict their clinicians’ recommendations.

AMA Journal of Ethics
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MENTAL ILLNESS IS INVISIBLE

Hello my Zebras and Spoonies! Thanks for coming and visiting with me today. I’m glad that you’re here.

Today I’m going to be talking about the idea that mental illness is an invisible illness. This is something that I both agree and don’t agree with. And here is a trigger warning: I will be talking about suicide in this post. So if that is a topic that you have a difficult time with then you should probably pass on this one.

I get the idea that you can’t look at someone and know that they have mental illness. The same way that you can’t look at someone and know that they have high blood pressure. In this way, mental illnesses are invisible.

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Through the Media’s Eyes

I feel that the primary reason that there is a stigma against mental illness is because of the way it is portrayed in the media. People believe what they see on TV or read on the internet. Especially in regards to things that they have no experience with. I am not blaming the consumers here. I’d love it if everyone would go get themselves educated on what mental illness really is, but that isn’t going to happen and really doesn’t need to. I am, however, blaming the media, in part. I don’t feel that the media is completely responsible for shaping popular opinions. TV shows and movies are about telling a good story and that often has nothing to do with reality. It is not the media’s responsibility to make sure that people don’t believe in vampires, were wolves and unicorns. In the same way, it is not their responsibility to make sure people don’t believe that mental illness is a synonym with violence or helplessness.

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