The Goldilocks Solution to mental health care treatment

Goldilocks prefers porridge that is neither too hot nor too cold, but has just the right temperature. The best treatment for major mental illnesses is just the right amount of treatment which is not too much treatment and not too little treatment. Hidden Valley Road documents instances where there was way to much treatment resulting is deaths and/or zombiehood. The right amount of treatment in all probability will not cure major mental illnesses but rather will allow individuals to manage their major mental illnesses. The right amount of treatment could very well leave individuals with such illnesses strange and disabled but individuals will be safe for themselves and others.

An almost invariable aspect of tales of disaster in regards to individuals with major mental illnesses is that relatives state that they tried absolutely everything and nothing worked. Police were always being called, mental hospitals were always being called, numerous mental health professionals were consulted etc and then the patient is either shot on the front lawn by police, dies in prison or commits suicide.

Wrongly or rightly individuals with major mental illnesses hold that they have legitimate points of view. Also total treatment programs, which are more about generating billable hours for clinics than providing assistance that resonates with patients, can result in losses of autonomy which are very, very upsetting to individuals with major mental illness as losses of autonomy are very upsetting to all individuals. The patient managing his or her illness is always to be preferred to a team managing a major mental illness.

Parents want cures where chemical imbalances are righted and children are put back on track for normal lives. The Goldilocks solution is not a cure. Part of the Goldilocks solution is that mentally ill children must be safe for themselves or others. Authorities are appropriately called when children are not safe for themselves or others. Some individuals with major mental illnesses appreciate a lot of services then, of course, parents should support such children in using a range of mental health services. For optimal treatment the viewpoints and desires of individuals with mental illnesses must be taken into account.

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