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Friday, 13 July 2012
It's up to YOU.
So the Fairy Blogmother has gone off on one and quite rightly too.
Your diagnosed depressed child is lying on a gurney in A&E (ER), with blood pouring from his/her wrists after a suicide attempt. A clinician comes over to you, takes your hands, places them on the artery above the cuts and says "Press here until the bleeding stops. If it hasn't stopped over the next few days, bring him/her back and we will have another look."
Would you meekly accept that as treatment and trot off home?
Or would you raise the roof, contact the press, write to your MP, senator, President, Prime Minister? Would you tell all your friends, your local newspaper, paste it on your Facebook page, tweet it? Would you contact the B.M.A.? Would you phone your lawyer? Would you just NOT STAND FOR IT?
If the answer to any of the above is yes, then why the heck are you accepting exactly this sort of treatment for your child's eating disorder? It is time to get a backbone and stop accepting substandard treatment for your children. If you don't stand up and shout, nobody can hear you. If you are being silenced by other people's prejudices and ignorance (and yes, I do include the majority of clinicians in the "prejudiced and ignorant" category), you are effectively condemning eating disorder patients to a steri-strip to treat a broken leg.