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4th-Aug-2010 01:02 am

Imagine you had a son or a daughter who's not at full age and who is in psychological treatment. S/he wants to quit therapy, but the psychologist advises against this and the law states that you as a parent have to decide. Do you let your son or daughter quit therapy?

Yes, I would.
12(16.7%)
No, I wouldn't.
29(40.3%)
Depends/something else (please leave a comment).
31(43.1%)
Comments 
3rd-Aug-2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
Depends entirely on the problem(s) that sent her to therapy in the first place. My answer for a kid who is just having some trouble making friends is different than for a bipolar kid that is suicidally depressed.
3rd-Aug-2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Its never as simple as a yes/no question. And unless you are in a situation like that, you couldn't possibly imagine what you would do.

And yes, this is coming from someone who has been in this situation. I'm not going to discuss it in this forum, but I just wanted to state that for the record.
3rd-Aug-2010 11:34 pm (UTC)
I agree with the comments above, but I'd also add that there are treatments that are much more effective with a participant who wants to be part of the process.
Also, the way you phrased it makes it sound like it's probably not a situation where the patient is a danger to himself/others. If s/he isn't, I give a tentative yes, my child can quit therapy.
That being said, I'd try to get to the bottom of WHY the child wants to quit. If it's something like an issue with the therapist, as someone else suggested, that's something I'd want to know about so I can look for a different therapist.
4th-Aug-2010 05:05 am (UTC)
I agree with this one.
4th-Aug-2010 12:48 am (UTC)
It depends on the child's reasons for not wanting to go anymore.
4th-Aug-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
First, I'd talk to my child and find out why they want to quit therapy. Perhaps the problem is with the particular psychologist, and switching psychologists would be the key. Failing that, I'd let them quit therapy regardless of what any (QUACK!) doctor has to say about it. The possibility would exist that my child may not be ready to deal with his/her issues yet. In that case, forcing can cause more harm than good.
4th-Aug-2010 05:30 am (UTC)
Depends on what he/she is seeing the therapist for.
4th-Aug-2010 02:44 pm (UTC)
Depends on the problems. and on the severity and kind of reason why s/he is in treatment.
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