Wednesday, 30 January 2008


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool.

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.

To reach for another is to risk involvement.

To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self.

To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.

To love is to risk not being loved in return.

To live is to risk dying.

To believe is to risk despair.

To try is to risk failure.

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.

The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.

They may avoid suffering and sorrow, but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love, live. Chained by their attitudes they are slaves; they have forfeited their freedom.

Only a person who risks is free.

- Unknown

Exposure to uncertain change, most often used with a negative connotation of adverse change.

The potential for realization of unwanted negative consequences or events.

There is a growing emphasis given toward positive risk taking, as evidenced by point nine of the ten essential shared capabilities. Are we as service providers being governed by the definitions of risk listed above instead of seeing risk as a route for re-engagement in life?

Working with risk:
a shift from risk avoidance to risk-sharing
Deegan’s rallying call that ‘professionals must
embrace the concept of the dignity of risk, and the
right to failure if they are to be supportive of us’
(Deegan, 1996) seems completely at odds with the
risk-averse climate in which we live and work,
where, for instance, patients often have to be
medically ‘vetted’ before an occupational therapist
can take them for a cycle ride. And yet risk is
inevitable, and healthy. We begin to take risks with
our first few steps in life, and without risk there is
no progress or development.
For psychiatrists, stopping a patient’s medication
can represent the risks that epitomise the tensions
involved in implementing a recovery model. Failing
to distinguishing between a temporary exacerbation
of symptoms due to medication reduction and a
genuine relapse carries the possibility of reinforcing
the belief that medication needs to be lifelong. May
(2004) describes his experience of medication as
intolerable, especially as, for him, the ‘psychic indifference’
towards psychotic symptoms carried over
into every aspect of life. He went into hiding from
family and services for weeks and experienced what
he describes as a withdrawal syndrome that was
quite different in quality from previous episodes of
psychosis and that resolved spontaneously. He subsequently
took a psychology degree and trained as
a clinical psychologist. He has remained medicationfree
ever since and has become a highly respected
witness and advocate for recovery. A single story
cannot support ‘non-compliance’ as a route to
recovery, but if an individual is determined to stop
medication, a recovery-oriented approach should
aim to negotiate a phased reduction, during which
contact and relationship is maintained, reducing
the risk of relapse through awareness of early signs
and enabling both patient and prescriber to learn
from the experience.

Definitions of risk on the Web:
hazard: a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
a venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury; "he saw the rewards but not the risks of crime"; "there was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
expose to a chance of loss or damage; "We risked losing a lot of money in this venture"; "Why risk your life?";

Risk is a concept that denotes a potential negative impact to an asset or some characteristic of value that may arise from some present process or future event. In everyday usage, "risk" is often used synonymously with the probability of a known loss. ...

Risk is a 2007 Bollywood movie directed by Vishram Sawant. It stars Randeep Hooda, Vinod Khanna and Tanushree Dutta in the lead role. The movie is based on the Mumbai underworld. ... (film)

Risk is a commercial strategic board game, produced by Parker Brothers (now a division of Hasbro). It was invented in the early 1950s by French movie director Albert Lamorisse. It was originally released in 1957, as La ConquĂȘte du Monde (The Conquest of the World), in France. (game)

Risk is an album by the metal band Megadeth released in 1999. It is generally regarded as Megadeth's musical low point by both fans and Dave Mustaine alike, and is the last original Megadeth release to feature virtuoso guitarist Marty Friedman. ... (album)

Risk is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov, first published in the May 1955 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, and reprinted in the collections The Rest of the Robots (1964) and The Complete Robot (1982). (Asimov)

Risk is a comic book character appearing in publications from DC Comics. (comics)

1 comment:

Il Presidente said...

hi i'm studying mental health nursing at napier in edinburgh and you seem like you care and know the score, in as much as there is a score to know....