Do you wear any kind of ‘medical jewelry’?
Bipolar could potentially make you act in public in a way that would seem “criminal” or disruptive. Do you feel that wearing medical jewelry might ensure you’d get taken to a hospital instead of jail? There have been too many stories of people with mental illness being harmed by nervous law enforcement. How confident do you feel about your law enforcement being able to handle a psychiatric emergency?
In researching this further, I came across a site called “American Medical ID“. The site gives a list of those who qualify and SHOULD be wearing one of these forms of identification. Here is the list:
Below is a partial list of ailments or persons who should wear a medical ID:
Um wow! There’s about 3 different reasons I should get myself a necklace/bracelet (usb chain????)! And it makes SOOO much sense. I mean what if I collapse in public due to a medication reaction? How is anyone to know what is going on? I obviously can’t TELL them I’m on quite the pill cocktail if I’m unconscious now can I!
“Bipolar could potentially make you act in public in a way that would seem “criminal” or disruptive.”
What a clever observation! I mean you hear it in the news often. I’ve heard news stories about those with mental illnesses being arrested and/or beaten by cops due to their behavior and/or resisting arrest, and then it comes to light that they had absolutely NO control over what they were doing because they were in a severe phase of mania or things of that sort. They clearly shouldn’t have been put in jail, but instead taken to a psychiatric hospital. Would having some sort of ID tag stating their mental illness stop that?
I read in some forums that there was a concern about others being “visually aware” of our mental illness due to all the stigma that surrounds Mental Disorders. While this IS true, isn’t that what we are trying to break? Why should we be ashamed of our illnesses? Maybe that’s just me.
All in all I think that Medical Jewelry is a FABULOUS idea, especially for those with severe symptoms or those who are on numerous medications. (Wait…that’s probably all of us isn’t it..sigh…)
Still not convinced? Here is an article ( click here ) listing numerous reasons why medical jewelry is beneficial for those with mental disabilities.
I believe it is definitely something worth considering!!!
How bout you? Have you ever considered Medical Jewelry? Are you considering it now????