Professional Ethics in Mental Health Care
The health industry needs a real change, and as I have mentioned in my Hashimoto in Men posts, the true and real healing is not being seen in conventional medicine.
There are root causes that are causing not only the body imbalances, but also the emotional and spiritual imbalances.
When we think or talk about mental health care, what comes to our minds? Cognitive therapy, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, or a glass of green juice, juicing therapy, turmeric powder, cognitive conductual therapy, nature work, spiritual work, food inflammation elimination diets, vitamin D, addressing nutritional deficiencies?
Unfortunately, the first one has been the established way to go in the conventional treatment, and the questions will come, is this the real healing way, why not try first the other options?
So when it comes to mental health professionals, where do the ethical dilemmas start?
If mental health professionals are already applying what it is told that it works to mentally heal people and making decisions based on their ethical guidelines, why bother to search for other alternatives and other ethical principles? Simple answer, because that method is not really healing.
Following up, I will share my opinion about the professional ethics in mental health care based on experience.
Common ethical issues in mental health care
Mental illness or a spiritual awakening? How to identify real pathologies or find out that emotional distresses are indeed spiritual emergencies and psychosomatic experiences as psychiatrist Stanislav Grof says.
How is the mental health care industry really looking at the problem, or is it an opportunity for healing?
Do we have diseases or do we have signs of healing?
Why instantly label someone with mental illness if there might have been factors that were not considered before.
We are all ignorant of something, and even if we consider ourselves experts in a certain topic, there might be paradigms that we actually consider as truth, until it is shown the opposite.
At each point, health care professionals are starting to deal with ethical issues. What is the right thing to do?
So, when there are people threatening their life, what should a health professional do? Stop someone commiting suicide, or let the person try to do it, or it is just a call for help or attention by saying that he or she will commit suicide?
Should a mental health professional guide himself by ethical guidelines established, or by the signs of depression or anxiety or any altered state of consciousness the patient is showing.
Or would it be ethical by a health profession to give someone the idea to treat himself or treat others, in order to take the person to a mental health care clinic since that is the procedure of the ethics code established in the organization?
When people are in an altered state of consciousness, it is unexplainable from outsiders to understand what is happening. So the ethical dilemma comes again, what to do?
When a patient with an altered state of consciousness comes to a clinical mental health organization, the health care professionals will immediately try to find out what is happening and they will seek for the mental illness, label the patient and start the conventional treatment process, but is this the right thing to do, or it is done this way because the industry has established this process and ethical guidelines?
The issue comes when the mental health professionals have to deal with which ethical principles should be followed.
And no wonder, little has been really and properly established on what to do when someone with an apparently mental illness is out of the world and terrain senses.