A typology of meaning of psychiatric medication Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW Virginia Commonwealth University School of Soc...
Typology of meaning/themes <ul><li>Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience. </l...
Seven intersecting circles
Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience.
Rainbow Glider <ul><li>A horse with wings means freedom, flying </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom is to feel good, to be able to d...
Me and My Recovery <ul><li>The fact I take my meds regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Sun is happiness; that my medications are h...
Teddy Bears Outside <ul><li>All happy </li></ul><ul><li>Represents warm and fuzzy, summer, warm   </li></ul>
Happiness <ul><li>It’s a beautiful sky with birds and a house, sunny  </li></ul><ul><li>Makes me feel happy </li></ul><ul>...
  Psychiatric medication as tolerated fact of life .
Not Happy but Sad <ul><li>It’s a sad face, suppose to be sad, angry </li></ul><ul><li>The mouth is not really smiling </li...
Medication Compliant <ul><li>The feeling before I took my medication: Inflamed, the colors I felt </li></ul><ul><li>This i...
  Psychiatric medication as primarily an internal and individual experience.
Night of the Butterfly <ul><li>This is a theme and imagery I’ve been working on </li></ul><ul><li>The striving to change, ...
The Happy Pill Jar <ul><li>The picture shows that side effects are a nightmare </li></ul><ul><li>How important side effect...
What I am All About <ul><li>Its me, before and after taking my medication </li></ul><ul><li>Frowning then smiling </li></u...
Graph Paper <ul><li>Anything can go on there </li></ul><ul><li>Could be a tree and dirt road, equipment </li></ul><ul><li>...
Psychiatric medication as a prominent part of the story and evolution of  one’s mental illness.
Tough Times Never Last <ul><li>Then :  The sun never shines. The evil kid that had been possessed; felt like the devil was...
Hospital Help <ul><li>Drugs off the street </li></ul><ul><li>Something hanging from a tree </li></ul><ul><li>Me in the hos...
Psychiatric medication as basis of gratitude and source of victory over past struggles.
The Different Feeling of Medication <ul><li>It’s a happy mouth; a happy face </li></ul><ul><li>I want the picture to be ev...
Sunrise at Dawn <ul><li>Its dawn with the sun rising from the ocean </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking away from schizophrenia and...
Change <ul><li>I was confused, then anger and rage </li></ul><ul><li>Now happy and I know more about my medication, before...
Violet Blue <ul><li>The sun’s rays, the colors and the life force they represent </li></ul><ul><li>Live life as colorful a...
Recovery In Progress <ul><li>Me in recovery, feeling liberated </li></ul><ul><li>Very pleased with my medication </li></ul...
  Psychiatric medication as necessary for prevention of relapse and protection of humanness.
My Mind <ul><li>My medication is like rods of cadmium and uranium, to keep me from a runaway fission reaction </li></ul><u...
Godsend <ul><li>I have a connection and didn’t before  </li></ul><ul><li>The sun is bright, shining down on us.  My kids a...
Psychiatric medication as a symbol of differentness and dependency.
Moods of a Psychiatric Mind <ul><li>These are brain waves, thought processes </li></ul><ul><li>The meds are the round circ...
Before and After <ul><li>Unhappy face to a happy face  </li></ul><ul><li>I was an angry kid </li></ul><ul><li>Its not my f...
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These drawings accompany the article in Qualitative Social Work entitled "Psychiatiric medication and meaning-making."

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  1. 1. A typology of meaning of psychiatric medication Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., LCSW Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work [email_address]
  2. 2. Typology of meaning/themes <ul><li>Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as tolerated fact of life . </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as primarily an internal and individual experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as a prominent part of the story and evolution of one’s mental illness. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as basis of gratitude and source of victory over past struggles. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as necessary for prevention of relapse and protection of humanness. </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatric medication as a symbol of differentness and dependency. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Seven intersecting circles
  4. 4. Psychiatric medication as a positive force across several dimensions of experience.
  5. 5. Rainbow Glider <ul><li>A horse with wings means freedom, flying </li></ul><ul><li>Freedom is to feel good, to be able to do what you want to </li></ul>
  6. 6. Me and My Recovery <ul><li>The fact I take my meds regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Sun is happiness; that my medications are helping me </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teddy Bears Outside <ul><li>All happy </li></ul><ul><li>Represents warm and fuzzy, summer, warm </li></ul>
  8. 8. Happiness <ul><li>It’s a beautiful sky with birds and a house, sunny </li></ul><ul><li>Makes me feel happy </li></ul><ul><li>I am on my own </li></ul>
  9. 9. Psychiatric medication as tolerated fact of life .
  10. 10. Not Happy but Sad <ul><li>It’s a sad face, suppose to be sad, angry </li></ul><ul><li>The mouth is not really smiling </li></ul>
  11. 11. Medication Compliant <ul><li>The feeling before I took my medication: Inflamed, the colors I felt </li></ul><ul><li>This is how I felt after: Subdued, Different, Better </li></ul>
  12. 12. Psychiatric medication as primarily an internal and individual experience.
  13. 13. Night of the Butterfly <ul><li>This is a theme and imagery I’ve been working on </li></ul><ul><li>The striving to change, movement, to go forward; to be free, free of bonds </li></ul><ul><li>The figure is human kind </li></ul>
  14. 14. The Happy Pill Jar <ul><li>The picture shows that side effects are a nightmare </li></ul><ul><li>How important side effects are </li></ul>
  15. 15. What I am All About <ul><li>Its me, before and after taking my medication </li></ul><ul><li>Frowning then smiling </li></ul><ul><li>I am focused, up to speed </li></ul><ul><li>Without it, in a bad mood </li></ul>
  16. 16. Graph Paper <ul><li>Anything can go on there </li></ul><ul><li>Could be a tree and dirt road, equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Stability </li></ul>
  17. 17. Psychiatric medication as a prominent part of the story and evolution of one’s mental illness.
  18. 18. Tough Times Never Last <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Now: Belief in God is key. Self worth is important. Can’t lock him up </li></ul>
  19. 19. Hospital Help <ul><li>Drugs off the street </li></ul><ul><li>Something hanging from a tree </li></ul><ul><li>Me in the hospital with needles </li></ul><ul><li>Praying hands, trying to save myself </li></ul><ul><li>Never knew anything, nobody’s gonna answer </li></ul><ul><li>X’s on the windows because I was locked up and didn’t want to be </li></ul>
  20. 20. Psychiatric medication as basis of gratitude and source of victory over past struggles.
  21. 21. The Different Feeling of Medication <ul><li>It’s a happy mouth; a happy face </li></ul><ul><li>I want the picture to be even happier than it is </li></ul>
  22. 22. Sunrise at Dawn <ul><li>Its dawn with the sun rising from the ocean </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking away from schizophrenia and depression </li></ul><ul><li>It’s a new day </li></ul>
  23. 23. Change <ul><li>I was confused, then anger and rage </li></ul><ul><li>Now happy and I know more about my medication, before I didn’t </li></ul><ul><li>I’ve changed a lot! </li></ul>
  24. 24. Violet Blue <ul><li>The sun’s rays, the colors and the life force they represent </li></ul><ul><li>Live life as colorful and there is hope for everyone; doesn’t matter who you are </li></ul>
  25. 25. Recovery In Progress <ul><li>Me in recovery, feeling liberated </li></ul><ul><li>Very pleased with my medication </li></ul><ul><li>I don’t feel depressed, paranoid or lonely </li></ul>
  26. 26. Psychiatric medication as necessary for prevention of relapse and protection of humanness.
  27. 27. My Mind <ul><li>My medication is like rods of cadmium and uranium, to keep me from a runaway fission reaction </li></ul><ul><li>My medication keeps my mind from exploding </li></ul>
  28. 28. Godsend <ul><li>I have a connection and didn’t before </li></ul><ul><li>The sun is bright, shining down on us. My kids are happy </li></ul><ul><li>If I don’t take care of myself… </li></ul>
  29. 29. Psychiatric medication as a symbol of differentness and dependency.
  30. 30. Moods of a Psychiatric Mind <ul><li>These are brain waves, thought processes </li></ul><ul><li>The meds are the round circles </li></ul><ul><li>The waves are even keeled </li></ul>
  31. 31. Before and After <ul><li>Unhappy face to a happy face </li></ul><ul><li>I was an angry kid </li></ul><ul><li>Its not my fault </li></ul><ul><li>I know more about myself, I know what I need to do </li></ul><ul><li>I know I need to take it the rest of my life </li></ul>

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