The last months I have worked as a psychologist at a psychiatric ward. I must say I find this a bit challenging, since I have often spoken up against some of the treatment given there. I find the concept a bit hard to swallow, even if I see that sometimes it really helps people to be at a place where they can start rebuilding their lives. Sometimes life gets so hard that you need some extra help to get back there again. But the problem is: I feel there is so little focus on psychological treatment while they are there.
The focus is often on medication when the therapist have their “talks” with the patients, or trying to find the correct diagnosis. This is very important, but I sometimes think we could do more. We have many people working at a psychiatric ward: Nurses, doctors, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapist and different students. Every one play an important part in the treatment of the patients. For many its important to get a regular sleep habit, start exercising, eating healthy or attend creative activities that we offer. Medication is often necessary, but I still feel we psychologists should get more involved in their mental well-being. We have the time to talk about their issues, but often doctors underline the importance of “not getting into things” because it might upset the patients when their not ready.
But who have actually asked the patients about what they would like to do?