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Re: Doctor shopping Gracie2

Posted by jojo on November 2, 2001, at 22:51:50

In reply to Doctor shopping, posted by Gracie2 on November 1, 2001, at 6:34:38

> We have talked about this before but I will say again that there is nothing wrong with "doctor shopping", and even my !@#$%&! HMO allows me to switch doctors without penalty.
> It's so important to have a doctor you like and trust, and sometimes it's difficult to find a doctor on the same wavelength as yourself. I dropped my first pdoc because she would simply brush aside my questions as if they didn't matter, even about the medication I was taking. I found this to be very insulting.
> Find a doctor (specialist, psychiatrist, GP, dentist) that listens to you, spends an adequate amount of time with you, and is not terrified of prescribing a painkiller or benzo if it is warranted. I know it's a pain in the butt to keep switching doctors with the paperwork and all, but think about how important this guy is in your life. It really is worth the trouble.
> -Gracie

After 12 years of Psychoanalysis, once going 7 days per week, and often 3 and 4 days, and having
"therapy" with 3 analysts, and a consultation with the Head of the Psychoanalyst Society, I decided to switch to a non-analytic Psychiatrist.
After my 4th year of analysis, I had asked about antidepressants, and was told it "was like taking an aspirin, it helped with the pain, but didn't cure the "real cause". I was taking 5-10 mg of Dexedrine from the lab where I worked at the time, limited to when I had to write grant applications, which the Analysts discouraged.
I am now where I might have been 25 years ago, taking Celexa and 35 mg./day of Dexedrine. Influenced by the Analysts, and trying to be a "responsible person", I was not taking enough Dexedrine, so that more than 10 mg. made me hyper and caused bruxism.
The patient lives with the consequences of his choice of physicians. By all means, shop for a doctor!




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