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TOPIC: Gathering supporting evidence

Gathering supporting evidence 6 months 4 weeks ago #189536

Thanks Gordon,

The problem is that I don't want to be forced to take/try medication. I am on a waiting list for therapy and attend a support group, but I am very against medication. The reason I feel forced to is because I read this is the booklet:

"It’s important to be aware though, that refusing to take medication or have treatment may mean that the decision maker concludes that there is not a ‘reasonable cause’ for the condition not to be controlled. In this case you would need to show that either your refusal to take medication is itself a result of your condition or that the side-effects of the medication are so distressing that it is reasonable for you to refuse to take it."

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Gathering supporting evidence 6 months 4 weeks ago #189554

7days

If you are now saying you will definitely not take the medication then you will need to address the issues that it raises.

Gordon

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Gathering supporting evidence 5 months 2 weeks ago #192260

Hello,

It's me again, I have a quick question as I have a medical assessment tomorrow.

My GP has printed out a prescription for me to try SSRIs, however I am very against taking them for a number of very valid reasons, also they are supposed to be optional aren't they?

I was wondering if I should take the prescription to show in the medical assessment as it would count as supporting evidence but then thought it might work against me as I am not taking the (what is supposed to be optional) medication.

It might look like I am refusing treatment but this is not the case as I am helping myself in other ways and on a waiting list for further therapy.

Should I show the medical assessor the prescription for SSRIs or not mention it?

Thanks

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Gathering supporting evidence 5 months 2 weeks ago #192268

7days

There are advantages and disadvantages, the prescription indicates that your GP considers your conditions serious enough to warrant treatment, but if you present it to the assessor then there may be an assumption that you are taking the medication and therefore benefiting from it, so you would need to make it very clear that you are not.

I'm afraid it's your decision.

Gordon

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Gathering supporting evidence 5 months 2 weeks ago #192321

Thanks Gordon,

I tried medication in the past and found it made me feel worse - in the guide it says something like this: (page 16)

"You might have mental health condition which has not responded well to medication. Because of this condition you may sometimes attempt to harm yourself or put yourself in great danger"

If I stress this, (that medication has made me feel worse in the past) and so I only choose therapy as a form of treatment, do you think showing the prescription will be okay? I just have to make sure they know I do not take it.

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Gathering supporting evidence 5 months 2 weeks ago #192346

7days wrote: Thanks Gordon,

I tried medication in the past and found it made me feel worse - in the guide it says something like this: (page 16)

"You might have mental health condition which has not responded well to medication. Because of this condition you may sometimes attempt to harm yourself or put yourself in great danger"

If I stress this, (that medication has made me feel worse in the past) and so I only choose therapy as a form of treatment, do you think showing the prescription will be okay? I just have to make sure they know I do not take it.


I think if you explain in detail it should not be a problem.

Gordon

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