Families, Privacy and Hospital Suicides

Toxic family members have no place in a person’s recovery except to stay away from them. Please help your clients deal with these permanent losses. I am glad that my therapists worked on skills to help me deal with my depression and anxiety!

Mind You

By Marvin Ross

One of the constant themes in my writing of mental illness is the need to involve the family. And so, when I read a lengthy account of the suicide of a young 20 year old girl that appeared in my local paper, what jumped out at me was that she had requested that her family not be involved with her illness or treatment. She wanted to spare the family grief and, it seems that the doctors went along with her.

The young girl had a number of suicide attempts while in hospital and the family was told none of it. Dr Peter Cook, one of the psychiatrists, told the newspaper that “We were obligated to protect the privacy of Nicole. She was an adult.” The other shrink said that confidentiality between patient and doctor is “sacrosanct.” Nicole did not want to share her medical information with her…

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About Kathy Powers
Advocacy is my therapy. Chicago, IL

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