Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
New blog bost by Jane EM Callaghan:
"In the many years I have taught mental health, I have always wrestled with a fundamental contradiction. On the one hand, I have a political commitment to an anti-diagnostic, and anti-medicalisation stance. On the other hand, I have struggled life long with anxiety, trauma responses, and depression.
This year, I came to teach my classes on anxiety and depression 9 months into my treatment with duloxetine. This has been a life saving drug for me. It has relieved my anxiety very significantly, I can sleep better at night, and I can function without constant ruminative thoughts during the day. It is also probably slowly eroding my liver function, but hey, swings and roundabouts, right?
So how do I handle this reality, when teaching my students to be appropriately skeptical about the claims of pharmaceutical companies, and to be concerned about the validity of certain diagnoses?......"
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