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These drawings accompany the article in Qualitative Social Work entitled "Psychiatiric medication and meaning-making."

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  • A typology of meaning of psychiatric medication Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work [email_address]
  • Typology of meaning/themes
    • Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience.
    • Psychiatric medication as tolerated fact of life .
    • Psychiatric medication as primarily an internal and individual experience.
    • Psychiatric medication as a prominent part of the story and evolution of one’s mental illness.
    • Psychiatric medication as basis of gratitude and source of victory over past struggles.
    • Psychiatric medication as necessary for prevention of relapse and protection of humanness.
    • Psychiatric medication as a symbol of differentness and dependency.
  • Seven intersecting circles View slide
  • Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience. View slide
  • Rainbow Glider
    • A horse with wings means freedom, flying
    • Freedom is to feel good, to be able to do what you want to
  • Me and My Recovery
    • The fact I take my meds regularly
    • Sun is happiness; that my medications are helping me
  • Teddy Bears Outside
    • All happy
    • Represents warm and fuzzy, summer, warm
  • Happiness
    • It’s a beautiful sky with birds and a house, sunny
    • Makes me feel happy
    • I am on my own
  • Psychiatric medication as tolerated fact of life .
  • Not Happy but Sad
    • It’s a sad face, suppose to be sad, angry
    • The mouth is not really smiling
  • Medication Compliant
    • The feeling before I took my medication: Inflamed, the colors I felt
    • This is how I felt after: Subdued, Different, Better
  • Psychiatric medication as primarily an internal and individual experience.
  • Night of the Butterfly
    • This is a theme and imagery I’ve been working on
    • The striving to change, movement, to go forward; to be free, free of bonds
    • The figure is human kind
  • The Happy Pill Jar
    • The picture shows that side effects are a nightmare
    • How important side effects are
  • What I am All About
    • Its me, before and after taking my medication
    • Frowning then smiling
    • I am focused, up to speed
    • Without it, in a bad mood
  • Graph Paper
    • Anything can go on there
    • Could be a tree and dirt road, equipment
    • Stability
  • Psychiatric medication as a prominent part of the story and evolution of one’s mental illness.
  • Tough Times Never Last
    • Then : The sun never shines. The evil kid that had been possessed; felt like the devil was inside. Life has no purpose, not a happy situation
    • Now: Belief in God is key. Self worth is important. Can’t lock him up
  • Hospital Help
    • Drugs off the street
    • Something hanging from a tree
    • Me in the hospital with needles
    • Praying hands, trying to save myself
    • Never knew anything, nobody’s gonna answer
    • X’s on the windows because I was locked up and didn’t want to be
  • Psychiatric medication as basis of gratitude and source of victory over past struggles.
  • The Different Feeling of Medication
    • It’s a happy mouth; a happy face
    • I want the picture to be even happier than it is
  • Sunrise at Dawn
    • Its dawn with the sun rising from the ocean
    • Breaking away from schizophrenia and depression
    • It’s a new day
  • Change
    • I was confused, then anger and rage
    • Now happy and I know more about my medication, before I didn’t
    • I’ve changed a lot!
  • Violet Blue
    • The sun’s rays, the colors and the life force they represent
    • Live life as colorful and there is hope for everyone; doesn’t matter who you are
  • Recovery In Progress
    • Me in recovery, feeling liberated
    • Very pleased with my medication
    • I don’t feel depressed, paranoid or lonely
  • Psychiatric medication as necessary for prevention of relapse and protection of humanness.
  • My Mind
    • My medication is like rods of cadmium and uranium, to keep me from a runaway fission reaction
    • My medication keeps my mind from exploding
  • Godsend
    • I have a connection and didn’t before
    • The sun is bright, shining down on us. My kids are happy
    • If I don’t take care of myself…
  • Psychiatric medication as a symbol of differentness and dependency.
  • Moods of a Psychiatric Mind
    • These are brain waves, thought processes
    • The meds are the round circles
    • The waves are even keeled
  • Before and After
    • Unhappy face to a happy face
    • I was an angry kid
    • Its not my fault
    • I know more about myself, I know what I need to do
    • I know I need to take it the rest of my life