Trust

I may not be co-operative because of my illness. If you have to treat me against my will in any way remind me that you have my best interests at heart. I may not be able to see how it is best but if you have gained my trust I will be more willing to listen. If I must be restrained physically, or mentally do your best to comfort me beforehand. If it happens I will panic and struggle less. You may need to do to me things that are in my best interest. If I have your respect I will be more willing to accept treatment and your recommendations.

You may be the only one who can comfort me, so try. I may have fears in the world some which may always be there, so make my stay in your care safe. I may need shelter for a while. Make that shelter as much a home for me as you need when you don’t feel well. How I live can be rearranged but ask me what parts I need to remain and am most comfortable with, if I can keep my comforts I am less afraid of what might be happening to me. If I am in hospital, I have lost much of what I recognize. Explain to me why I don’t have certain freedoms. If I can understand why I must live with certain conditions I may be more accepting of them. If I can accept some of my struggle I will have more energy to improve.

4 thoughts on “Trust

  1. If every health care worker got this, how much more improvement have been gained in people’s menatl health. That post should be printed and sent to every health care facility. It made me shed tears. Thankyou.

    • Sorry I made you cry, I thought I only did that to my mother. It may not be posted in any nurses station but hopefully eventually the message may spread. I was trying to put myself back to where I was powerless and needed comfort as much as Clozapine.

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