Mental health and homeopathyAs I learn and read more about homeopathy, it brings up a lot of questions for me in my work life as a social worker. I provide psychotherapy mostly to children and teens. Ethically and legally we are taught to refer clients to a medical professional when they are experiencing problems that the medical profession deals with such as stomach problems, physical pain, etc. This makes perfect sense as I am not trained to deal with physical problems. And we are taught to refer them to a psychiatrist for suicidal threats, extreme moods and behaviors. The main reason is, of course, to see if medication will help them.
I have never been comfortable with this practice except in severe cases. I always spend a lot of time talking with parents about it is their choice to put a child on meds and I have started giving them handouts about it, especially after the research came out on adolescents and anti-depressants and suicide risk. And it bothers me when parents tell me that someone suggested that a very young child needs to be on psychotropic medications.
Now with my knowledge that there is a way to help children with their moods and behaviors without putting them on medications that are probably harmful to them, I am more uncomfortable with this practice and I want to tell them about homeopathy. However, it is not a very accepted suggestion in my field. It is very much connected to the medical model, and even if social workers are not necessarily advocating the medical model, it is easy to get caught up in it and follow it.
Sometimes I can tell when a client is open to an alternative and I will suggest that they look into such and such. I still plan to try doing this and suggest homeopathy and even suggest going to the ND that we have in our city. However, many of my clients don't have the money to go to a place where it won't be covered on their insurance. If it was an easily obtainable service, I would more readily suggest it to these clients.
Anyway, I just thought this would be an interesting discussion if there are other people out there who are mental health professionals that do recommend homeopathy. How do you approach clients about it and how accepted is it by your colleagues and employers? I know in other countries it is more widely used and accepted, but here in the U.S., at least where I am, it is something that people do not know about and/or do not believe in.
Just wanting others' thoughts on this.
lmhoopes on 2005-01-14
This is only the tip of the iceburg.
Be very careful to keep your job. You are needed for your compassion and direction even if you cannot do as much as you know.
The human race began to be taught to NOT think for themselves since the 18 hundreds. Now they cannot. They have been taught that there is no other medicine other than the MDieties.
♥ sabra last decade
The doors have been closed to us by corporations, because of proprietary patent information. This means they do not have to tell us anything. This began after the civil war when a clerk made an idle footnote on a supreme court ruling, and that footnote, set a precedent from that time that all corporations were natural persons with equal protection rights under the law.
We are at the mercy of our government, the AMA and the pharmaceutical companies (all corporations) to bring us completely under their control. It is all about money and power. THEY DO NOT CARE if their products kill or disable, they just want the money.
God save us all, Sabra
♥ sabra last decade
I do think that there could be a perfect marriage in the U.S. betwen mental health and homeopathy. I have even thought that there should be a way to help low income people receive these services, perhaps through a grant, although I am pretty sure that the people that fund social services, health and mental health services aren't going to put their money behind homeopathy.
lmhoopes last decade
You do realise that this site is open to anyone?.
passkey last decade
This site is a wonderful resource and I am thankful I have a computer or ways to get to a computer if mine is down.
lmhoopes last decade
Think about looking up local Homeopathy schools if they are in your area, as some schools have free clinics coordinated with the community, or finding local homeopaths and see what they are doing and resources they may know of that are more holistic, and maybe community based.
Unfortunately, it goes state by state and the "freedom to practice" states, are far more advanced with homeopathic community programs, such as CA and Minn.
Good luck...you are on the right path!
loree last decade
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