Norwegian Psychiatry Association misses the point with comment about ‘pill shame’

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From Mad in the Netherlands: In the article “ Pill shame in psychiatry is a serious social problem“, the unified board of the NPF lashes out at anyone who disagrees with them, including professionals, user organizations and patients. The NPF says that criticism of psychotropic drugs causes patients to feel ashamed of taking those kinds of drugs for mental disorders. Contrary to what the Norwegian Psychiatry Association claims, the problem is not ‘pill shame’, but that psychiatric patients often cannot say ‘no’ to medication, even if the medication doesn’t work for them. For many, that ineffective medication with serious side effects is the only treatment they receive. This “problem of shame” cannot therefore be solved by providing unilateral information about the excellence of medicines. It requires honest information and an open debate.

Read the full article here and the English translation here.

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