Power Statement

Each time we use CommonGround, our doctor sees our Power Statement on our Health Report. A Power Statement is a self-advocacy statement that does 3 things:

  1. It introduces us to the doctor as a person not a patient
  2. It says how we want psychiatric medicine to help us
  3. It invites the doctor or nurse to collaborate with us in finding the best treatment to support our recovery goals

Here is an example of a Power Statement:

I love my girlfriend. I can't be with her if I am paranoid. I want to work with you to find a medicine that will help me be less paranoid so I can be with my girlfriend. But it can't have sexual side effects.

Our Power Statement acts like a map and compass—keeping our doctor on track with our recovery goals.

Psychiatrist: "This is what you want in life. That's what a Power Statement is. Sometimes it's easy to get off track with well, 'you've got to take this medicine'. But if we can look together at what you want: You want to be calm in the morning. You want to be able to get up with your children but not be screaming at them. So how are we going to help you get there?"

Research: In an independent survey, 86.1% of 116 CommonGround users said their Power Statement helped the doctor understand how they wanted psychiatric medicine to help them.

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