One of my best friends, intelligent and knowledgeable when it comes to psychological stuff, went to the doctor today. Something serious happened in her family and this has obviously affected her in very real ways. We have talked about her life for years. All I asked was for the doctor to prescribe something for anxiety. She has a history of anxiety. I know her extremely well, we’ve known each other close to 20 years. We talk literally every day. Just give her the damn meds.
It took him less than ten minutes to diagnose her with depression and take out his big bad prescription pad, intent on giving her serious medications. Ten minutes.
You frigging moron.
Nevermind the obvious fact that I am a clinical therapist and have spent literally hundreds of hours with this person, and know her story almost as well as my own. Nevermind that we have put in the hard time talking about her deepest secrets for years, and she is a psychological rockstar. Dust off your Psych 101 class and go ahead, change a life forever. Wrap that person up in SSRI’s and side-effects and perhaps generations of spiraling mental health issues.
Insult all the people who actually need the medication because of real medical and psychological struggles; and hand that stuff out like Tic Tacs. Diminish the struggle of courageous individuals who have been to hell and back, over and over, while people like you vastly over-diagnose a malady which is both complex and profoundly life-altering; so that the actual victims are minimized and misunderstood.
Just get them in and get your Lexus and finish your 50 so you can max out the billing and hit the golf course before the real estate guys. Shame on you.
I have worked with doctors for years and spent a great deal of time commuting to work with a fantastic diagnostician. All doctors are not this idiot. Many understand that they are very talented in a specific area and that is perfectly ok. For five years 100% of my private work came from one doctor, and a few other South Africans every once in a while. I’ve known doctors who were qualified to assess mental health issues and others who were wise enough to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team. Just because I know a little bit about psychology does not make me qualified to operate on your kidney…
Some doctors work incredibly hard and they are usually not on salary. They are accustomed to a higher standard of living than most Canadians and that’s ok, they bust their humps. I have great respect for a few doctors I know and have worked with, and they are cool people. Some are, however, extremely arrogant and often elitist. Your doctor isn’t a god and they have crap going down in their lives as well, and that is the real world. There are doctors who battle with addiction and yell at their spouses and get depression, just like the rest of us. Some are brilliant, others are so uninformed about emotional wisdom or psychology or being a normal human being it is staggering. I know a few doctors who put Sheldon from Big Bang Theory to shame with their stunning inability to recognize humanity; and are so arrogant it would blow your mind. Those I respect the most realize that they don’t have to be an ass in order to be respected. These wonderful people don’t need to pretend they know everything. If you are a doctor please believe me, it’s ok to be you. I know some very cool doctors.
You didn’t know what were talking about and if you had, you would have realized that only a rookie would diagnose a stranger in ten minutes. What you did, or tried to do, was to spit in the faces of people who spent 300 or 400 hours to your bloody ten bloody bloody minutes. Only an idiot would label someone (when you are a walk-in doctor who has never met this person before in your life) without putting in the requisite time and effort. There is something seriously wrong with a system that would allow people to say garbage like this without being punched in the crotch.
I’ve said it before, you would be shocked if you knew how often your professionals are in the next room Googling an answer.