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I read an "Is my friend depressed?" question in a facebook forum for medically compromised people. The friend in question had experienced recent brain surgery to remove a tumor. The after-effects had damaged his hearing, memory, and ability to move easily. He rested rather often, asking to be excused from visitors. The person in the medical forum wanted to know if that indicated depression.
I was appalled at the person's ignorance. It was inexcusable, considering today's accessibility to ample medical information that can educate people who read the literature or listen to the videos. I was alarmed to realize how many people might overlook all that, and, like the questioner, make very, very incorrect assumptions that can lead to actual harm for the patient involved.
Please read my response to the person, and take it to heart as I pray you will. Anyone who takes the actions advised within the message will be heroic, preventing harm and fostering healing, happiness, and accurate appreciation for specific realities:
PS - Dear blog readers, please share the link to this post with medical professionals. Every medical department in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and private offices would serve their clientele by providing the sort of information cited above.
Many birthing centers provide educational classes for prospective parents. That educational model can be used for every form of illness and recovery effort within the medical world.
Advocate for yourselves and for other people who can't. Coax medical professionals to inform the public. We need to know facts in order to promote healing and to prevent the harm that ignorance can cause.
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